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On being raised as a "small person" instead of being "treated like a child"

The idea that a child was a child and nothing more was never really perpetuated in my home. I never felt that there was a role that I was assigned to or an expectation that I had to meet. Growing up I began to see that my parents had a far more interesting approach to raising me than I realized. I wasn't treated as a child growing up. I was treated like a person… a small person.

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Different last names: How do I make our family sound more coherent?

I am a divorced woman who will be getting re-married soon. Part of me wants my daughter and I to have the same name, but I also don't want to be stuck with the name that is associated with such a crap time in my life. Since I can't change our child's last name to that of my husband, is there anything that I can do to make our new family sound more coherent?

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Check out what Meagan Moore is making with reclaimed paper from the backs of old books

Our sponsor Meagan Moore's new series is called "endpapers," because each drawing could be the last page of a story. As she puts it, "It's up to you to decide what came before." The original pieces are drawn and typed on blank, reclaimed paper from the backs of old books. (It just keeps getting more and more awesome, right?) Homies, you have no idea how awesome it can get. Come take a peek, pick your faves, and then take advantage of her special upgrades just for us Homies!

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So… why have kids?

I am at the point in my life that I want to decide whether to have kids. In a logical sense, I am able and capable of having children. But I'm not completely satisfied with having kids merely because I can. So I am curious how people, who had the luxury of deciding, decided on having kids? Why should I grow my family?