After a long, depressing winter for politics—culminating in last week's riveting testimony on Capitol Hill— it's hard not to want to tune out the noise and negativity right now.
Really…hard. It's summer! Let's eat ice cream. Unfortunately, there are some politicians who want to take advantage of the season to rush the awful repeal of Obamacare through the senate, potentially gutting care for expectant moms and sick kids. Fortunately, there's concrete action we can take right now, which we've included below. TPM reports on the latest… >> Read More
“What are you watching, Ima? Why is it interesting?”
My 7-year-old son leaned over my shoulder. “It’s something that’s happening right now in America and it’s important because...”…my voice trailed off, as Former FBI Director Comey answered a new question, and I leaned closer to the screen to hear his words. “Why are you watching it?” my son repeated as my 4-year-old daughter joined the fray, climbing onto my lap. Her new baby brother didn’t appreciate this interruption to his dinner, and… >> Read More
When we talk about bullying, we usually don't think about how politics, let alone the U.S. president, dictates how children behave. But it also makes sense that kids learn how to act from what they…see on TV. The election in November was everywhere--and Trump makes headlines in the news constantly--and we can't pretend kids don't take all of that in. Recently, Buzzfeed discovered that bullying incidents invoking Trump's name--and using racist language--have increased. This is definitely disconcerting for parents and teachers alike regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum,… >> Read More
We had planned to go on a hike over Memorial Day with some friends. It was optimistic of us: not just because all six of the kids might run in deeply different directions, but because the weather…just hadn’t been cooperating that weekend. Nor did it on the intended day of the hike: science museum it was! As we mounted the rather impressive steps up to the main entrance, I realized we hadn’t been on those steps in quite some , not since we’d stopped there en route to the Women’s March… >> Read More
I spent four years at a religious high school dealing with a very strict dress code—and a staff of teachers who made it really clear that enforcing the dress code on girls was the thing they took…most seriously about their jobs. Women's bodies, in this environment, were an inherent distraction, and a huge amount of time and energy was spent discussing our bodies and their clothing ad nauseum. An entire semester was devoted to covering one's hair. Another semester was devoted to why pants were not allowed. It was a weird… >> Read More