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safe_image.phpI read your article yesterday and I had to write.

I had love, joy and honor with PK.  His daughter, who I met 23 years before, treated me like a newcomer, the day he died. Hurt? You bet, but in the end, it is about a great relationship. And she knows the truth – there is no hiding that Karma.  PK had Alzheimer’s and he said that I was the only one who truly cared. He knew and that is what makes the difference. Letting someone know that you really love them. So hats off to Para-kin for trying to open  minds and hearts because we all could use more love in our lives.

Katherine W.

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This concept of family inclusion is so necessary that I want to share my experience. I spent 49 years in a close relationship with my stepdad. More time with him than his children, which was sad.  They loved him but life went on for them. I went up every other weekend to help with him and we loved each other. When he passed in March, it was like I was not a part of his life because I was not blood.  It really hurt. I would walk in and the love was all over his face.  He was a great man.  The important part I want to focus in on was the love we had between us.

So I would ask those of you, any of you, that have a step sister or a para-brother, to open your eyes and your hearts and embrace the notion that your dad or your mom might have  yet another “child” other than you.  We are all family.  There should not be a competition here.

Sincerely,

Sara B.

Washington Post poll results at 3:00 pm ET 1/20/2011

Washington Post poll results at 3:00 pm ET 1/20/2011


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mf-4-pkn2By Sandra Matuschka

Excerpt from the Newport Daily News Article published 8/26/2015

For generations, the word “family” traditionally conjured up the notion of a mommy and a daddy, sisters and brothers, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles — the whole community of blood relatives. And although that family still exists today, overall the context of family as we have known it has been — and is — rapidly changing.

For one thing, the traditional nuclear family structure has been changed by the events surrounding it — the economy, the changing of cultural norms, the effects of television and movies, the broadening of choices newly available, the availability of travel and many other factors. Put simply, nuclear television families like Donna Reed and Ozzie and Harriet modeled
in the ’50s no longer exist.

♥ Read Full Article HERE (page C5)

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To all the Para-kin families, blended families and step-families, we are soliciting stories, anecdotes, articles or essays to share for publication. If you are or have that special p-mom, p-dad in your family or you are blessed with a p-son or daughter, please email your story to myparakin@gmail.com. Any questions, contact me directly. It’s time to take this movement to the next step!

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… so there I was tonight.. at an opening for a local art gallery. The female manager, in her late thirties,  comes over and says, “I hear you are working on a new term.. something called Para-Kin.” I acknowledge this and she says.. “Well, I have been with my partner for 15 years and I think its crazy to introduce him as my boyfriend but I respect those couples who have turned to a more traditional marriage so I don’t want to call him my husband.”  Suggesting that she might consider calling herself a p-wife and he, a p-husband,  her face lights up. I think to myself… BINGO.. she gets it!

Deb


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hands tashaCan Para-kin terms offer an alternative to Step-family terms? 
When we hear “Step” … our mind wanders into the world of Cinderella.

As a family court attorney, I know that our clients are often in situations of blended families. They are parents with stepchildren and for many step families, these words work. Others though, regardless of their love, shy away from the word “step.” Why? Although this may be without merit, our culture just can’t escape the image from the Brothers Grimm. For some, just saying the words “step-mom” is uncomfortable. Para-kin offers alternatives. Why not be that p-mom and introduce your p-son or daughter  as an integral member of your family.

Your family.. your terms… it’s all in yours hands!

Join the Para-kin movement and spread the word.

Deb

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