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First Canadian Child With Three Legal Parents

The Family Law Act of 2013 in British Columbia allows for more than two parents to be listed on a child’s birth certificate. Now, newborn Della Wolf is believed to be the first child with three legal parents: her two moms, who are in a committed relationship, and the biological father, who is numberswiki.com

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a close family friend. A similar law was recently signed into effect in California, so it’ll be interesting to see whether such laws catch on in other places. I tend to believe that the more loving people in a child’s life, the better, and so I’m definitely keeping an eye on this phenomenon. Continue Reading →

California Permits Children To Have More Than Two Legal Parents

Governor Jerry Brown of California just signed a law permitting children to legally have more than two parents. The rationale for the law is that ”Courts need the ability to recognize these changes so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them…It is critical that judges have the ability to recognize the roles of all parents so that no child has to endure separation from one of the adults he or she has always known as a parent.” Of course, the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in California may also have something to do with the bill, which has conservative groups up in arms, claiming that it will harm children (I’m unclear on how that would work, but okay). Blended heterosexual families, too, will benefit from this law. There are also implications for polyamorous families, wherein multiple adults might inhabit the same household or at least share childcare responsibilities. Continue Reading →

American Vs. Other Parenting Styles

While I lived in Estonia, I observed that (along with the prevalence of condoms in stores),  there were always children walking around in public, often unaccompanied. Kids as little as 5 or 6 could be seen walking or riding their bicycles down the sidewalk (at least, during the parts of the year when the sidewalks weren’t covered in snow). This puzzled me – but as more Americans are realizing, our style of parenting is perhaps a tad too overprotective. This essay on international parenting styles points out that many behaviors that American parents take for granted are not universal. Young kids in other cultures climb trees, use knives to carve wooden figures, and are even allowed to feel pangs of hunger from time to time. Continue Reading →