If your kids are young like mine, they may have never mentioned race. They choose playmates without regard to skin color. They have no prejudices, no biases. But our kids are not colorblind. They do notice differences. So we need to give them the words to talk about race and the freedom to have the […]
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Our teachers spend the entire year teaching to a test. This makes it incredibly hard for them to adjust to different learners, change their pace as needed, or be creative in their lesson plans. They are boxed in completely. Their worth as teachers — and in turn, their school — is measured by one test […]
For me, the sex talk was much more than talking about what changes to expect when puberty hits, and the technical aspects of sex, although that was definitely part of it. I also wanted my boys to have no doubt in their minds what the definition of consensual sex is, and for them to understand all of […]
Check out what our mom contributors have to say about arming teachers, politics, depression, sexuality, and standardized testing . . . just to name a few. The Hot Topics 2018 editorial series tackles tough, hot topics that moms need and want to discuss.
I’ve learned that if you don’t also suffer from some sort of mental disease, you will never truly understand — and that’s okay. I wish I didn’t understand. We need to continue to educate people on this disease and erase the stigma that so often comes with depression, anxiety, or any other mental disease.
From leadership to laws, from processes to substance, I want them to be engaged in some way. So we’ll keep talking a lot about stuff on the news, things they read on the Internet, and what they hear their friends saying.
When the news of yet another senseless act of violence brings me to my knees, I take a deep breath and remind myself that I am NOT powerless in the face of this chaos, though it feels that way. As a parent, I am the most influential person in my children’s lives. I am their […]