Over the past few months my wife, HuffPost blogger Amelia , has been asked numerous times what I think about our 7-year-old son identifying as gay. This is not something I thought I'd be writing so soon OK, honestly, I never thought I would be writing a blog on an internationally known news website. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we discussed what we would do if he or she were born with a disability or with a foot growing out of his or her head. Dealing with a child with a disability would be a life-changing event and something that we had to think about a lot. Possibly having a gay son or daughter wasn't like that. We didn't even have to discuss it, because it wouldn't be a problem.
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S am Khalaf and his son Riyadh used to call themselves the two musketeers. When Riyadh was growing up in Bray, south of Dublin, they were inseparable. Like twins or best friends, they say. So the Iraqi-born, Irish citizen remembers keenly the moment when he realised his eldest child had drifted from him. The bigger shock was yet to come. Riyadh had stopped hanging out with his dad because he realised he was gay — a revelation he did not think his Muslim father, a garage owner with a passion for football and cars, would take well.
We've all seemed to wonder if our parents had secret favorites , but what if your parents got divorced and literally chose kids? Well, that happened to Smitten reader Kristin When my parents got divorced, my dad choose my sister to live with him and my mom choose me to live with her. I didn't know it was weird at the time, since I was so little.
You can't identify a mean mom by her Birkin bag or her lycra Lululemons. She comes in all sizes and socio-economic classes and lives in no specific zip code, rearing her head in the heartland, crunchy California, the Deep South, New York City. But you know a mean mom when you meet one: She criticizes your parenting style, calls you out on Facebook, or slathers you in snark.