How I Explain Racism to My White Friends (So They Can Explain It to Their Kids)

Once we know our history (because, news flash, Black history is everyone’s history) and we can comprehend the complexities of injustice, then we can openly and honestly communicate it to our kids. 

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10 Ways Parents Can Fight for Social Justice, Today & Every Day

Practical tools to help you parent to your intentions.

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Should We Continue to Celebrate Dr. Seuss?

“As an educator, parent, grandparent, and human, I know that representation is important. When children do not see themselves in books or see depictions that are negative, no matter how subtle, true damage is done.”

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This Journal Is Anti-Racist & Every Kid Needs One

It’s the official companion to “This Book Is Anti-Racist.”

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6 Books About Motherhood that Aren’t All About Motherhood

This list is the output of reading more than 100 books over the past four years. I hope they make you feel seen, celebrated, and perfect just as you are, wherever you are on your path in parenthood. They are highly feminist and written by women I admire. Motherhood is messy and it’s beautiful and I’m so happy I get to share it with you.

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10 Ways to Incorporate Social Justice into Your Holiday Season

It’s the season to pay even more attention to gratitude and empathy, which form the foundation of social justice parenting.

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Raising Anti-Racists: The Work Starts with Me

“My job in raising these white boys is to give them the education to know what racism is, not only so that they can see the privilege that surrounds them, but so that they can do everything they can to stop the injustices happening in our world.”

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“Once Upon a Snowman” Available to Stream Now on Disney+

The short tells the previously untold origins of Olaf.

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It’s Time to Let Go of the Ideal & Parent for Real

“Do we hold kids precious and protect them from this reality, or do we help them to navigate within and adapt to it? Which will help them to thrive more in the long term? My vote: Let go of ‘ideal’ and parent for real.”

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4 Ways to Empower Girls to Speak & Care About Racism

“There’s no “one way” or “right way” to talk about race, but all parents need to know this: Girls need to start having these conversations in order to become more aware of their unconscious biases, their privilege, and their own actions (or inactions).”

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Motivate Your Kid to Do Their Chores With These 3 Simple Steps

“Having the ability and inner strength to follow through with the boring but necessary task in any job is a gift that will forever be with your kids and set them up for success in whatever career path they choose.”

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Is an Educational Pod a Practical Alternative to In-Person Learning?

“This endeavor is not impossible, but it will require tremendous focus and motivation by entire families who choose to participate.”

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Veterans Get in Free at SeaWorld & Busch Gardens

Guests are encouraged to make their reservations early. 

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Parents, We Need to Talk about White Privilege

“By remaining silent about privilege, I am helping to perpetuate my child’s advantage in life. Once I started looking for my privilege, I found it everywhere.”

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How to Teach Little Kids about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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After the frantic weeks of December—decorating, shopping, cooking and baking—I love settling into the reflective time of January days. In a world of national and international strife, the inspiration and wisdom of Dr.…

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I Accidentally Killed Our Family Pet

“I ran over our turtle with my car. This is what I learned about life, death, and pets.”

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These Contact Lenses May Help Slow Down Nearsightedness in Children

These contacts do more than just help your kiddo to see better.

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Chobani Is Paying Off Nearly $50,000 Worth of Student Lunch Debt

The kids won’t have to eat cold sandwiches thanks to the generous donation.

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5 Effective Ways to Curb Your Teen’s Phone Addiction

So I decided to be proactive about talking to my teens about their phone use. I was going to take steps to prevent my kids from texting at the wheel.

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Box Office Hit “Little” Was Produced By This Incredible 14-Year-Old Girl

This young star is helping to pave the way for women in film.

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You Want a Cell Phone? Here Are My 5 Non-Negotiable Rules, Kiddo

“Remember, you’re the parent—and if you’re paying for the phone, you’re the boss!”

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Traveling Abroad? Better Talk to Your Kids…about Toilet Paper

Both kids and adults could use a primer in proper toilet paper etiquette when traveling the globe.

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This Is How Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell Teach Their Kids Gratitude

These celeb parents are shockingly down-to-earth when it comes to teaching their kids about staying humble.

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Disneyland Is Up for Sale & Yes, You Can Own Part of It—Here’s How

Take home the most incredible souvenirs you could ever imagine.

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Dear Moms: Cherish the Good Old Days (While You’re In Them)

To all the moms out there, please read this.

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I Tell My Kids We’re Rich—& Here’s Why

As any parent will tell you, sometimes kids ask questions that are hilarious or surprising. My son asked a question one night at dinner that was a little bit of both. His question was, “Mom, are we rich?”

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Kids From Wealthier Families Feel More Life Stability, New Study Finds

While the study findings are hardly a surprise, here’s why they’re so important.

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I Hope You Dance

I remember our oldest daughter at 9 months, sitting on top of her grandpa’s patio table, eyes half closed, swaying energetically to the music playing in the background. I remember her at 18 months doing her squats—up down up down—as…

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Here’s Why New Year’s Means So Much to My Daughter (& Me, Too)

What is your favorite memory of New Year’s Eve? The Times Square Ball Drop? Fireworks? Kissing your sweetie with a glass of champagne in hand? My former New Year’s Eve tradition involved a Twilight Zone marathon followed by an 8…

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5 Amazing Ideas for Authentic Self-Care for Worn-Out Mamas

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for the conventional self-care practices like bubble baths, long walks and naps. In fact, I have an entire list of practical self-care ideas for moms. But I also want to talk about the…

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50 Life Lessons My Son Officially Thanked Me For

Jonathan, my middle child, graduated from high school last May.  He’s 6’3 and 190 pounds, but it seems like yesterday that he was scampering into my bed to escape the rumble of a thunderstorm.

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The Choices We Make About Our Careers

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As mamas, whether we work at an office or stay at home, we are ALWAYS working. When we work away from home, our thoughts and hearts remain indebted to our kids that we separate from. When we…

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A Tribute To All Of The Moms In My Life

Just when you thought the Mother’s Day posts had to be done, here’s yet another…
What started as a Facebook post ended in a realization…there are soooooo many mothers who have impacted my life, who have taught me how to be a…

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5 Damn Good Reasons To Curse In Front Of Your Kids

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When I was about eight years old, I heard my mom call a school bus driver a “fuckin’ cocksucker,” so it was a pretty sure thing that I was going to have a foul mouth. My parents never…

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