A Parent Is Born
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A Parent Is Born

How Can I Get My Dad to Stop Hugging Me?

Expressing affection doesn’t have to mean giving up agency.

Dear Other Dad —

I’m having an issue with one of my dads. He knows I don’t like to give hugs, but he thinks that rule applies only to people outside our family and that I…



Because the moment a child is born, a parent is born, too.

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David Valdes

David Valdes is a Cuban-American author who writes about family, race, and LGBTQ issues. His book Brighter than the Moon releases in January 2023.