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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

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41273896_125x125 5 circle logoPara-kin.. What is it? So many folks are asking questions so here is a short synopsis.

They are new terms which are foreign and strange sounding, pretty much like Ms. was in the fifties. But look at “Ms” now. It’s on every form that we encounter. So Para-kin terms like p-mom or p-dad  sound odd until they break into the lingo. “Para” meaning to support, be next to, on the side of, much like a para-legal or para-medic in the professional world.

Words are powerful tools and often times our culture attaches images to them, positive or negative. The word “stepmother” is just one of those words fraught with a negative image. If I were a betting woman, I’d be confident that some of you are as tired as I am of the negativity surrounding the word “stepmother.” But in reality we can’t avoid those indelible images of Cinderella. We can’t take an eraser and blot out hundreds of years of fairytales. So what to do? Read more

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41609866_125x125Some partners are asked that regularly.  Folks often jump to the conclusion that “it must have been a horrible divorce the first time around.” or they hear, “he was taken to the cleaners by his first wife.” Truth is, for some couples, this is exactly why they will not marry again. But there are a number of reasons why people are not marrying or remarrying in 2017.

The typical marriage of the Donna Reed ’50s gave way to the liberation of our society in the 60’s and beyond. While a traditional marriage was the only option on a young woman’s horizon at one point, some women are drawn to that life but others are making far-reaching new choices. As a result, some of the younger generation may  envision traditional marriage as an unnecessary, patriarchal or an out dated institution. Other persons, perhaps of an older age, see other issues adversely effected by marriage such as social security income, retirement benefits, IRS marriage penalty and the like.

As a result, more couples, of all ages and persuasions, with and without children,  are setting up traditional  households in a most un-traditional manner. Terms for this evolving family simply have not kept up. This is where Para-kin steps in.

 

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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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I love my daughter, and now I’m in love with my beautiful grandson. They are my daughter and grandson because I refuse to refer to them as “step” people.  The only “steps” in our house are at the front door.  But the fact of the matter is, there are times when a need for an explanation of our families situation exists, and the idea that I have admit to this “step” situation has always hurt me. That’s why I was elated to learn of the term “Para-Kin.”  It just feels better.  As a society we have been taught that step children were less than. Even Disney’s Cinderella has left a taste in our mouths of dysfunction within the step family.  When healthy “para kin” families such as mine exists, we sometimes feel the need to explain that our situation is a Read more

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