acceptance

The One Question That Halted My Helicopter Parenting

I landed on a question that made total sense to my helicopter parenting mom-brain: Does that feel safe in your body?

After combing through mommy groups, I landed on a question that made total sense to my helicopter parenting mom-brain: Does that feel safe in your body?

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9 Reasons To STOP Trying To Make Your Kids Into Who You Wish They'd Be

Letting go with love helps them learn how to be happy with who they are.

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Trusting Life Amid Pain And Confusion

It didn’t always look like a clear path while I was in it.

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Lovers & Fighters In America: Celebrating Love Without Shame

“If even one person was affected and my story makes them feel like they can finally be free, then that’s all I can ask for.” - Kahla Grams

“I was compelled to come out on social media because I felt it was time that I wasn’t hiding who I was. It was more so coming out to say I was in a relationship; it just happened to be with a woman this time. She’s the best thing to ever happen to me so I figured I should show her off.”

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What’s Not Said: I’m Ashamed Of Being Happy

How can I live in this happiness without being ashamed of it? (Image via Unsplash/ Micah. H)

My happiness is what undid me, ironically. I worried so much about being OK with the happiness that I fell apart.

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Lovers & Fighters In America: The Impact Of Acceptance At A Powerful Dinner Out

A dinner at Red Lobster meant the world to a vulnerable young woman and her family. (Image Credit: Anthony22 via Wikimedia Commons)

'The Lovers & Fighters of America' is a weekly column here at Ravishly featuring

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No Straight Lines: The Path Of Living With Chronic Illness

I took for granted the effort of something so seemingly common. I had survived a serious illness. Shouldn’t everything be easy forever after?

Chronic illness and injury has taught me — is still teaching me — patience. These days are not a consolation prize for what I didn’t win, for where I didn’t or couldn’t succeed, for a better life I might have had if only…They are my life.

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'One Creates Oneself': On Being A Feminist Who Loves Makeup 

I reject the insistence that a woman can’t choose what makes her feel beautiful without regard for the judgement of others.

I reject the insistence that a woman can’t choose what makes her feel beautiful without regard for the judgement of others.

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Feminists Who Embrace Spirituality — And Why

"My spiritual practice evolves with life lessons, as does my feminism."- Lisa Factora-Borchers

In the hopes of finding a starting point to engage the complexities of the feminist spiritual experience, I interviewed feminists of different faiths: Hindu, Muslim, Judaism, and Christianity. And their thoughtful, introspective responses to my questions on the reconciliation of feminist politics and religious practice left me wanting to learn even more.

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Your Body Positivity Needs To Include More Than Just You.

"The body positive movement strives to put forth one idea: that all body types are valid, regardless of their shape, size, or disability." Image: Thinkstock

It’s pretty easy to see why people would want to rebel against [our current standard of beauty] — it’s unattainable, and even for those who manage to reach something close to it, it’s often unsustainable. However, in rebelling against the oppressive system, we run into situations where people denigrate others who happen to more closely fit the description of what we recognize as the ideal.

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