Friday Fodder: Parenting Done Wrong Edition

I’m thrilled that C.J.’s mom read and enjoyed my book enough to mention it on her well followed, respected and loved blogsite. Have a read of the “about” from her site (below). I just pre-ordered her book and can’t wait to read it. Have a visit to her site for a wonderful experience. Lastly, a shout out to Kerry Dwyer for turning me onto Raising My Rainbow. CJ, you’re a lucky soul.
About

RaisingMyRainbow.com is the first “Mommy Blog” to chronicle the daily joys, struggles and, sometimes, embarrassments that go along with raising a gender nonconforming child.

Raising My Rainbow is written by C.J.’s Mom, a feisty, sassy girl-woman trying to have it all and usually feeling like she is failing miserably while all those around her are none-the-wiser. She works part-time as a business consultant, full-time as a mother and overtime as a walking panic attack.

And it’s about raising C.J. (age 6), the most enchanting child you will ever meet with an insane knack for art and color, interior design and dance. His passions include Barbie, Disney Princesses, Strawberry Shortcake and women’s hair and shoes. Paula Deen holds a special place in his heart.

Raising My Rainbow was launched as the glittery ball dropped in Times Square and 2011 peeked its tentative head into C.J.’s conservative Orange County, Calif., neighborhood. C.J.’s Mom has earned more than one million readers in nearly 180 countries and her blog is read by gender studies students and faculty at more than 40 college and universities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

C.J.’s Mom is an often-quoted source on parenting gender creative, gender nonconforming, protogay and prehomosexual children. Media interest and coverage includes: Anderson Cooper, The BBC, The Orange County Register, KFI 640 AM, CBS – Los Angeles, MSNBC, Queerty.com, Feast of Fun, The New York Times, One4All Magazine, The Next Family, Bitch Magazine, Newsweek, BlogHer, The Mother Company, OC Weekly, The Globe and Mail, Babble, Jezebel and Amanda de Cadanet.

She has been named one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year, is one of Ignite Social Media’s “100 Women Bloggers You Should be Reading” and is one of the Top 25 Blogs in Southern California according to Circle of Moms.

Here’s what she had to say about my book:

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51FTdGSie7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Last night I finished a book written by one of my readers and I loved it.  I’m a huge fan of LGBTQ issues and historical fiction, so her book was tailor-made for me.  Paulette Mahurin’s The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap has been dubbed Brokeback Mountain for women.

“The year was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in South America; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted the Wilde news. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.”

I loved the characters.  I wanted to sit around and talk books with partners Mildred and Edra and their friends Gus and Charley.  I wanted C.J. to play with Mabel.  I despised bully Josie.

Click here to download the book free for Kindle or purchase the paperback.

Raising My Rainbow

I hear from a lot of you who say that when it comes to parenting I’m doing it right.  And, I never ever hesitate to let someone know if I think that they are doing it right.

Well, read this for an example of a father who is doing it wrong — if you ask me.  It starts with his son wanting a sketch pad and him calling it a “gay ass notebook.”  It gets worse from there.  Charming.

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“Over the past few decades, we’ve made a lot of changes in the English language to make it more gender neutral. We say “police officer” instead of “policeman” and “people” instead of “mankind”…But there’s one thing we can’t seem to get right: pronouns. We know that if you say, “Every child has his monkey,” it excludes girls. So instead we might say, “Every child has their monkey,” even…

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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18 Responses to Friday Fodder: Parenting Done Wrong Edition

  1. tazzielove says:

    That’s a great site and it’s a really wonderful endorsement from her about your book.

  2. I love her site. And I loved her review of your book!!!! (Very sad about the drawing pad. I wish we could reach out to that child.)

  3. I feel so sorry for the poor kid with(out) the drawing pad. People like the father shouldn’t be allowed to have children. Horrible. Awful. Terrible father.

    • I completely agree. It’s the voice of hatred and it hurts, the victim and anyone with a heart who witnesses it (even us here-it’s painful). I just don’t understand ignorance but then maybe that’s the whole point, it can’t be understood.

  4. Angeline M says:

    To trample this child’s creativity is an unspeakable tragedy. I hope the child finds a way to persevere.

  5. 68ghia says:

    A gay child is not an easy thing. As I read once, I can’t fix my gay son. Because he’s not broken.
    But I do think it’s more difficult for men to accept a gay son than it is for a mom, but even so. It was not the easiest thing I had to deal with in my life so far.
    I hope this dad comes to his senses – losing your child because you’re too stupid to realise what’s really important, not a good thing.

  6. I am not saying all parents are bad. Mine were abusive. However not all children are good either. In this case, it saddens me that this boy has to deal with such provokation. How very sad. Good review
    Yisraela

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