The Lesbian Parenting Book: A Guide to Creating Families and Raising Children Paperback – May 24 2003
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Clunis and Green have put together a wonderful guide for lesbian parents and parents-to-be. Drawing on their own and others' experiences, the authors address many of the problems that lesbian parents have to face. These problems vary from deciding how to get pregnant to dealing with homophobic ex-spouses, involuntary "outing" by children, and questions about why their family is so different. Clunis and Green devote much of the book to giving a quick but thorough rundown on the developmental stages children go through. They cover issues all parents have to face, lesbian or not, from prenatal care to how to live with an adult child who has returned home. The book does have a few problems-the chapter on dealing with confronting racism is unnecessarily preachy, for instance-but they do not detract from the overall quality. The appended list of parenting and gay and lesbian resources is particularly useful. This book deserves a place in every public library.
Pamela A. Matthews, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I like that this book addressed a good deal of gay issues, while at the same time admitted that sometimes being a gay family doesn't have anything to do with the majority of parenting. I mean really, when you're unsure of how to properly care for your newborn, your 6 year old refuses to eat his vegetables, or your teenager is using marijuana, do you really think your sexuality has anything to do with it? But luckily they DO cover some lesbian issues in the "parenting" section like children asking about paternity, dealing with homophobia in your children's school or society, and defining the role of the non-biological/legal mother. I liked the anecdotes and stories from real parents as well.
This was a good book but I think it IS definitely in need of an update. The fact that gay marriage and rights have made such strides since this was published makes some points a bit obsolete. I also think that now more lesbian families are children born to/adopted to lesbians to start with, not children a woman had within a heterosexual marriage before she came out. It also would have been nice if they addressed more adoption issues.
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