- December 31
- Sarah Hoffman is the mother of a pink boy and a girl whose favorite color is yellow. She writes for national magazines, newspapers, and radio, and speaks publicly about raising her gender-nonconforming son. Read more about Sarah at www.sarahhoffmanwriter.com.
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December 18, 2011 01:44PM
- Top 100 Blog post
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"read it" are
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I did so well picking it...I
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- “Brave girl, brave
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win this book, please visit
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mama! A beautiful parenting
built on a loving,
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Sarah Hoffman's Links
This Sunday’s New York Times magazine will hold an excellent article by Ruth Padawer about pink boys, which you can read today on the Times website. I spoke with Ruth many times over the last year as she researched this story, which turned out to be a thoughtful, insightful, and comprehe… Read full post »
I was contacted recently by Riley Graham, a graduate student in the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland, CA, about her study: The Young Childâ€™s Independence in Expressing Gender Nonconformity.
Riley is looking for parents or legal guardians of gender-nonconforming children between the a… Read full post »
Do you ever get the sense that things are moving?
In the last month, our school brought in trainers from Our Family Coalition, the LGBT advocacy and education organization. They also sent eightâ€”eightâ€”faculty and staff members to a 2 1/2 day training with Keshet, the organization working t… Read full post »
I have been engaged in a multi-year, multi-faceted, multi-media conversation about parenting, kids, culture, and gender with my fellow momblogger Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser. Much to my delight, Sarah, mama of four kids ranging in age from three to 16,Â has agreed to be a guest poster on my blo… Read full post »
I am thrilled to announce that my blog has made it onto Babble’s list of Top 100 Mom Blogs for 2011! Thank you all for being my faithful readers, for voting for me, and, most of all, for supporting our kids to be exactly who they are.
If you are… Read full post »
I just saw a mind open, and it was beautiful.
In early summer I was interviewed by psychologist Samantha Smithstein for her blog on Psychology Today, aboutÂ writing, raising a gender-nonconforming child, and responding to bullying. Last week, an anonymousÂ commenter wrote in to say of me, “This… Read full post »
I’m thrilled to be trading guest blog posts with writer Sally Bellerose.Â
Today Sally posted my review of Operation Marriage on her blog. While I was reviewing Operation Marriage, I thought a lot about same-sex marriage rights, and about how those rights affect us all, gay or straight. But I d… Read full post »
Iâ€™ve got an essayÂ today up on Huffington Postâ€”my first on the site, which is very exciting. (It’s posted on the Gay Voices page, which I suppose makes me an honorary Gay Voice, which I rather like.) Itâ€™s about Fox Newsâ€™ recent attack on the family of a transgender child. I hope… Read full post »
If you'd like to enter for a chance to win this book, please comment on the post on my website.
I’m so excited to share this book with you.
Itâ€™s been not-quite-five months since I started my series on anti-bullying work at Samâ€™s school, and in that brief time Iâ€™ve felt more despair, inspiration, relief, exhaustion, and companionshipÂ than in the previous not-quite-five years at the school. When I began writing, I really had… Read full post »
This post is the next in my series of letters parents have written to schools on behalf of their gender-nonconforming and transgender children (the first, second, and third appear here). The following letter was written by Jenna Murase* to her sonâ€™s middle school principal. Jenna sought perm… Read full post »
This post is the next in my series of letters parents have written to schools on behalf of their gender-nonconforming and transgender children (the first and second letters appear here). The following letter was written by Natanya*, the mother of Jamie, a transgender teenager entering high sch… Read full post »
In my last post, I shared the letter that my husband and I wrote to the parents in Samâ€™s kindergarten class. Since my readers have a variety of school situations, and their children span a wide age range, I plan to share several letters from readers in the hopes that those… Read full post »
Apologies for my recent disappearance from the blogosphere! I don’t even have a good excuse like the last time I took a blogging break, except that sometimes the work-writing-parenting-life balance gets out of whack, especially during school vacations.
I’m looking for… Read full post »
I’m honored that clinical psychologist Samantha Smithstein recentlyÂ interviewed me for her blogs on Psychology Today andÂ the San Francisco Examiner. We discussed my advocacy work for gender-nonconforming kids, what it means to be a pink boy, and school bullying prevention.
Responding t… Read full post »
Janice will now receive her very own autographed copy of Leslea Newman’s new book, Donovan’s Big Day, courtesy of the author.
(And here’s the glitch in my system: I have three facebook friends named Janice. Would the Janice who posted the winning comment #6 please sen… Read full post »
I was happy to see Louise Sloan’s essay Green Nail Polish and Gay Marriage this week in Ladies Home Journal, one of the more conservative women’s lifestyle mags.
Sloan’s son wanted to wear green nail polish, and, with a bit of trepidation and some justification (“It was… Read full post »
Please comment on my blog for a chance to win this wonderful book.
Told fro… Read full post »
The Mother Companyâ€”dedicated to social and emotional learning for parents and kidsâ€”recently posted a two-part series on childhood gender expression. I was honored to be asked to contribute an essay for the first part of the series, about the first time Sam went to school in a dress.
The se… Read full post »
From my darling child to yours, I send you a message of hope and love. MyÂ daughter wrote this to Sam with no prompting from me (I did part of the treeÂ illustration, that’s it!) This story… Read full post »
Today I dropped the kids off at camp, where Crazy Hair Day was in full swing.Â Some campers wore mismatched barrettes all over their heads; some had braidsÂ going every which way; others had colored their hair with rainbow stripes. SamÂ and Ruby had matching hairdos in their long hair: three b… Read full post »
After I posted Tired, the ninth post in my series about combating bullying at my son’s school, I received some lovely, supportive comments from my readers. Thank you. Your words give me hope, encouragement, and strength.
Have you considered, economically, that it’s not viable, likely, nor perhaps even ethical for the school system to devote such a significant amount of… Read full post »
This is the final post in a series about my son’s recent experience with bullying at school.
After heartbreak, frustration, a friend’s inspiration, and talks with other parents and the school counselor, we got busy. We met with the principal of the lower school. We met with th… Read full post »