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Part I. Introduction and Overview Introduction: Why Write This Book? 1. Lesbian Mothers: Who We Are 2. Dos and Don'ts for Lesbian Mothers Part II. The Lesbian Family in Interpersonal Relationships 3. From Couple to Family 4. How to Help Our Children Better Understand Our Family 5. Dealing with Others: Family, Professionals, and People in Our Children's Lives 6. Helping Our Children Deal with Others 7. Dealing with Schools 8. Religion and Spirituality Part III. Child Development and Lesbian Mothers 9. Gender Development, Boys Will Be Boys, Girls Will Be Girls, and Men in Our Children's Lives 10. Sexuality and Our Children 11. Homophobia and Diversity Part IV. Special Circumstances 12. Divorce and Lesbian Breakup 13. Stepfamilies 14. Alternative Insemination and Adoption Part V. Conclusion 15. Future Directions and Concluding Thoughts Appendix Parenting Books Resources Index About the Authors
Suzanne M. Johnson, PhD, is Professor and Chairperson of Psychology at Dowling College. She lives on Long Island, New York, with coauthor Elizabeth O'Connor and their two daughters. Elizabeth O'Connor, PhD, is a researcher and writer focusing on child development, adult relationships, and families. She lives on Long Island, New York, with coauthor Suzanne M. Johnson and their two daughters.
'At last, a practical book on lesbian parenting, including 'dos and dont's,' sound advice, enlightening anecdotes, and plenty of resources. For Lesbian Parents addresses issues particular to lesbian mothers as well as situations universal to all new parents. A 'must read' for lesbian mothers and moms-to-be, as well as all those lucky enough to have such a family in their lives.' - Lesla Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies 'This book will help make a tremendous difference in the lives of lesbian parents. Personally, I couldn't put it down! I've read a lot of books on gay and lesbian parenting, and this one is truly incredible. I expect to turn to it time and time again as a valuable resource in parenting my own child.' - Kelly Taylor, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Alternative Family Magazine 'Johnson and O'Connor's extensive background in developmental psychology enables them to offer deep insight into a variety of childrearing issues, concerns, and questions.' - Sharon A. Cuff, MA, MSW, CSW