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Talking to Children About Race: Facing the Elephant in the Room

Discussions with my boys about race has always been in the abstract. More akin to a current events class than anything else.  They have grown up surrounded by a diverse group of great friends who base friendship on which Star Wars movie is their favorite and not on race, religion, or nationality.  It’s quite beautiful […]

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I Didn’t Make My Kindergartner Do His Homework

My barely five-year-old entered the big wild world of kindergarten last year.  The first week of school my husband and I attended a kindergarten parent prep night.  At this meeting we were informed that kindergarten was no longer a “fun” grade like it was when we were children.  (Children these days have a lot less recess and […]

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9 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Her Body Before She’s 9

“Body-positive” “Body-confident” “Body-shaming” These are the body-buzz-words of our lives. Sorting through all of these image-related sound bites and messages is really difficult to do when everywhere you look the human body is on display for critique, by everyone. One thing’s for sure though: If you are a Mom and you have a daughter, you […]

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9 Books You Will Actually WANT To Read This Summer

One of my favorite past times (yes, because having a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old qualifies anything done at a leisurely, quiet, enjoyable pace as a thing of the past) is reading. Those that know me probably think, “um…you’re an English teacher, don’t you read ALL THE BOOKS?” I’d love to say yes but…nope. I’ll be honest, at […]

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