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September 24, 2019 Roundup

Recent family-related news included a personal account of the joys of being a stepmother, a story of how even an amicable divorce can be rough, a same sex couple gets engaged on a reality dating show, the strain of attending school events as a single parent and a review of a new novel with a blended family at its center.

I Always Wanted to Be a Stepmom Chloe Caldwell, The New York Times, August 19, 2019 Despite negative cultural baggage, I find stepmotherhood to be the greatest privilege… Now that I’m a stepmom legally, I would argue that it’s a wonderful role: You learn how to parent with your partner before the stress of a newborn comes into the mix…

Coffee With the Man Who Used to Be My Wife Dan Higgins, The New York Times, September 6, 2019 …We were two kids once, a boy and a girl, making plans for the rest of our lives. Now we were two men in middle age, sharing memories…It may be called an “amicable divorce,” but the death of my marriage felt like any other death, hollow and dark and eternal…

A Same-Sex Couple Changes Bachelor Nation Maya Salam, The New York Times, September 17, 2019 Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty’s love story on “Bachelor in Paradise” was handled with nuance and authenticity, two words that run counter to the show’s reputation.

Back-to-School Night Is Hard for Single Parents Alia Wong, The Atlantic, September 18, 2019 Single parents account for a growing share of families in the United States…events such as back-to-school nights can reinforce to single parents the message society often sends them that their parenting is insufficient or incomplete.

In Ann Patchett’s New Novel, a Glass House and a Family With Things to Hide Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, September 21, 2019 By Ann Patchett’s own admission, she has been writing the same story throughout her nearly 30-year career…It’s the story of her childhood, she has said, of growing up in a blended family … “You’re in one family, and all of a sudden, you’re in another family and it’s not your choice and you can’t get out.”

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