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True Parent You were an interesting person before you became a parent, and you still are. True Parent magazine focuses on smart parents, just like you! True Parent magazine focuses on smart parents, just like you, who are more than just soccer practice chauffeurs, an in-home laundry service, or fairy-house construction workers.

It’s a magazine built for adults—that helps you become a better parent by being a more well-rounded person.

Coming out in front of adults is one thing... but what will the kids think?
11/08/2016
Mom, You Are Kind of Weird

Coming out in front of adults is one thing... but what will the kids think?

WHEN I volunteered to facilitate the LGBT parent affinity group at my kids’ elementary school, I didn’t think ahead to the moment when everyone would gather in the gymnasium and each facilitator would report back on behalf of the group. It had been a long time since I’d outed myself from the front o...

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11/03/2016

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Portland’s housing crisis is creating a boom in first-time homeless families.
11/03/2016
“An Explosion of Family Homelessness”

Portland’s housing crisis is creating a boom in first-time homeless families.

The math is simple but the results are heartbreaking: The population of the Portland area is increasing far faster than the supply of affordable housing. That’s forcing more and more lower-income families into homelessness for the first time. Portland is facing, according to Human Solutions Executiv...

What do you think about a play area where kids can take unsupervised physical risks?
10/19/2016
The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play!

What do you think about a play area where kids can take unsupervised physical risks?

A Silicon Valley dad decided to test his theories about parenting by turning his yard into a playground where children can take physical risks without supervision. Not all of his neighbors were thrilled.

Following a Danny Brown show at the Roseland, we received a letter from a concerned parent.
10/07/2016
Parent Voices Concern Over Accused Nonconsensual Groping of Underage Attendees at Portland All-Ages Concert

Following a Danny Brown show at the Roseland, we received a letter from a concerned parent.

Following last night's Danny Brown show at the Roseland, which was part of the Mercury's All-Ages Action! concert series, we received a letter from a concerned parent, who wishes to remain anonymous: I saw the Danny Brown show last night in Portland with my two boys, youngest son (14), oldest (15),…

Get a sitter, Louis CK is coming to Portland.
09/20/2016
Comedian Louis CK is Coming to Portland; Celebrate and PANIC!

Get a sitter, Louis CK is coming to Portland.

First celebrate; then PANIC!! One of your most beloved comedians, Louis CK is coming to Portland for two days of shows at the Moda Center on January 19, 2017 and January 20. The shows are going to take place in the Moda's "Theater of the Clouds" setup, which—BOOOOO!!!—are never in actual clouds, and...

From The Stranger in Seattle: Breast milk is pretty mind blowing.
09/06/2016
The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am

From The Stranger in Seattle: Breast milk is pretty mind blowing.

To produce breast milk, mothers melt their own body fat. Are you with me? We literally dissolve parts of ourselves, starting with gluteal-femoral fat, aka our butts, and turn it into liquid to feed our babies. Before and after giving birth to my daughter 10 months ago, I was inundated with urgent di...

Meet our cover family! Tripper, Chelsea, and Birdie Dungan! Photo by Lucy Berkley.
08/31/2016

Meet our cover family! Tripper, Chelsea, and Birdie Dungan! Photo by Lucy Berkley.

Here are some of the best new parenting books.
08/29/2016
True Book Reviews | True Parent Magazine

Here are some of the best new parenting books.

Sanity Corner True Book Reviews WHEN IT COMES to raising children, it really does “take a village,” as that clichéd trope suggests. But who specifically is in that village? Your mum, that’s who. Along with her sister, her mother, and her mother. Conveniently, there are now parenting books to advise…

Tips for helping your little worried one.
08/26/2016
Ask the Parent | True Parent Magazine

Tips for helping your little worried one.

Sanity Corner Ask the Parent Got a question too embarrassing to ask anyone else? Send it to [email protected], and we’ll find an expert parent to answer it for you! This month we have child and family therapist Tracey Biebel Johnson dishing out the real talk. Every day it’s the same: Our 1...

Our kids aren't all athletes, so here's how to teach a clumsy kid how to ride a bike.
08/25/2016
Four Things | True Parent Magazine

Our kids aren't all athletes, so here's how to teach a clumsy kid how to ride a bike.

True Tips Four Things There are swimming teachers, soccer teachers, violin teachers—where are the teachers who show your kid how to ride a bike? Until that glorious day, here are a few tips to reduce tears and frustrations (primarily your own). • Start slow, stay slow. Rather than buying an expensiv...

The latest apps for spying on your kids (if you're into that sort of thing).
08/24/2016
Big Mother is Watching | True Parent Magazine

The latest apps for spying on your kids (if you're into that sort of thing).

True Tech Big Mother is Watching OKAY, ADMIT IT. You’ve been a little curious about your tween’s or teen’s private social life, especially if they have a phone of their own. A lot’s changed since the old spin-the-bottle days, and unfortunately for our selfie-obsessed culture, the internet is forever...

Advice about building self-esteem in your teenage daughter.
08/23/2016
Build a Better Parent | True Parent Magazine

Advice about building self-esteem in your teenage daughter.

Sanity Corner Build a Better Parent IF YOU HAVE A TEENAGER (or have ever been a teenager), you know how hard it can be. Teenage girls in particular experience so many additional issues regarding friends, society, and self-esteem. They may be keeping feelings locked up, unable to understand their emo...

Kiala Kazebee counters the unhelpful stupid advice one gets from passive/aggressive parents with actual GOOD ADVICE... s...
08/22/2016
Good Advice/Stupid Advice | True Parent Magazine

Kiala Kazebee counters the unhelpful stupid advice one gets from passive/aggressive parents with actual GOOD ADVICE... such as, yeah, actually you might accidentally drop your baby.

Dangerous Parenting Good Advice/Stupid Advice THE BEST PART about being pregnant—and subsequently having a baby, because that’s how pregnancy usually works—is the unsolicited advice! (Note sarcasm.) Parents may “mean well,” but they also sometimes offer stupid, unhelpful advice, like some kind of fr...

Things to do with your kids!
08/20/2016
Fall 2016 Kids Calendar | True Parent Magazine

Things to do with your kids!

Bring the Kids Fall 2016 Kids Calendar PDX Adult Soapbox DerbyOne of the last true Portland traditions that hasn’t been ruined. Join thousands of onlookers to watch Portland’s most creative people race crazy, homemade soapbox derby cars down Mount Tabor’s dangerous and twisty track! (Oh, and you can...

Katia Riddle on how in some cases old-timey gender roles can work to our advantage—at least when it comes to the divisio...
08/19/2016
Do We Have To Share Everything? | True Parent Magazine

Katia Riddle on how in some cases old-timey gender roles can work to our advantage—at least when it comes to the division of household labor.

True Stories Do We Have To Share Everything? WHEN I EXPLAIN to people my parenting situation—that my husband travels a lot for work, and that I do most of the school drops-offs/pick-ups, doctor appointments, dinner prep, bedtime, and middle-of-the-night puking cleanup for our two small children—a lo...

Chloe Eudaly—who's also running for Portland City Council, Position 4—on how she gave up on always being the "Disability...
08/18/2016
An Undiminished Life | True Parent Magazine

Chloe Eudaly—who's also running for Portland City Council, Position 4—on how she gave up on always being the "Disability Supermom."

True Stories An Undiminished Life Late in my second trimester I was hit with the thought, “What if this baby grows up to be someone I don’t like?” At the time, my worst fear was that my child would turn out to be a drug addict, a religious zealot, or a Republican. My partner and I didn’t want to kno...

An update for parents on what to expect this school year as PPS struggles with their lead-in-the-drinking-water crisis.
08/17/2016
Getting the Lead Out | True Parent Magazine

An update for parents on what to expect this school year as PPS struggles with their lead-in-the-drinking-water crisis.

True News Getting the Lead Out WHEN KIDS head back to Portland Public Schools (PPS) on August 29, Superintendent Carole Smith will still be on vacation. Smith announced abruptly on July 18 that she was taking three months of accrued leave, and retiring directly afterward—not at the end of next schoo...

We're the magazine for diverse, working class parents who are busy as s**t, and keeping it real.
08/17/2016
Hey Parents! Check Out the New Issue of True Parent!

We're the magazine for diverse, working class parents who are busy as s**t, and keeping it real.

HEY PARENTS!Get psyched, because the new issue of True Parent—the magazine for diverse, working class parents who are busy as s**t, and keeping it real—is on the streets NOW. Here are just a few things you'll find in this issue: • An update for parents on what to expect this school year as PPS strug...

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08/17/2016

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There's a new issue of True Parent in this week's Portland Mercury!
08/17/2016
True Parent Magazine | For Parents Who Keep It Real

There's a new issue of True Parent in this week's Portland Mercury!

True StoriesAugust 17, 2016 Do We Have To Share Everything? WHEN I EXPLAIN to people my parenting situation—that my husband travels a lot for work, and that I do most of the school drops-offs/pick-ups, doctor appointments, dinner prep, bedtime, and middle-of-the-night puking cleanup for our two smal...

A new sitcom from Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. about the horrors of parenting.
07/19/2016
Check Out the Trailer for Better Things from Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.

A new sitcom from Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. about the horrors of parenting.

Much of Louis C.K.'s comedy and TV show revolves around the horrors of parenting—so it makes sense he'd team up with Louie co-star Pamela Adlon for her new FX sitcom, Better Things. It's all about a single mom (and working actress) raising three daughters—and DEAR GOD. It's quite a challenging (and…

Pokémon Go will get you and your kids outdoors.
07/11/2016
Pokémon Go : Where to Catch Portland's Pokémon!

Pokémon Go will get you and your kids outdoors.

Unless you’ve been living underground like a Diglett for the past 48 hours, chances are pretty high that you’ve encountered Nintendo and Niantic’s new mobile phenomenon, Pokémon Go, in one form of another. The new free-to-play game rolled out to iOS and Android devices two days ago, and the game’s s...

A history of bowling in Portland. Take the kids! 🎳
07/06/2016
Bowling Used to Be Huge in Portland

A history of bowling in Portland. Take the kids! 🎳

Bowling used to be huge in Portland. But now the sport—and its players—are changing.

There's something for the kids in this week's Portland Mercury! It's Jeff Goldblum paper dolls! Cut 'em out, dress 'em u...
06/22/2016
Your Very Own Jeff Goldblum Paper Doll!

There's something for the kids in this week's Portland Mercury! It's Jeff Goldblum paper dolls! Cut 'em out, dress 'em up, and tag us in your photos!

Featuring stylish looks from Jurassic Park, The Life Aquatic, Buckaroo Banzai, and The Fly!

From Bloomberg: Men still think their careers will suffer if they take parental leave.
06/17/2016
Men Are Afraid to Take Parental Leave. Guess Why

From Bloomberg: Men still think their careers will suffer if they take parental leave.

Paid time off for new fathers is on the rise, but fear of career damage is still prevalent. Sound familiar?

"We’re on this Earth for such a short time. Let’s try to get rid of the hatred and the violence. Please."
06/13/2016
Mother of Man Missing in Orlando: "Please, Can We Do Something with the Assault Weapons so That...

"We’re on this Earth for such a short time. Let’s try to get rid of the hatred and the violence. Please."

In the crushing ABC interview below, the mother of a man who was inside Pulse Orlando during this morning's mass shooting describes waiting to hear whether her son is OK. Christine Leinonen says she heard from a friend of her son, Christopher Leinonen, that Christopher's boyfriend "had multiple guns...

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