childhood

Why My Son Doesn’t Need ‘Enrichment’ Classes

Sometimes, I feel (as many parents do) that I’m doing it wrong.

Others have told me I shouldn’t passively offer classes, but rather insist Ryan pick one. But I just can’t. That’s not how our family operates.

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I Want To Be Like My 12-Year-Old Daughter When I Grow Up​

My daughter moves unabashedly through this world taking up as much space as she damn well pleases.

My daughter moves unabashedly through this world taking up as much space as she damn well pleases. I want to be like my 12-year-old daughter!

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Other Adults, It’s Time To Stop Policing How Kids Eat

I stand at the ready to remind these adults what ought to be common sense: mind your own plate. Stop policing how kids eat!

I stand at the ready to remind these adults what ought to be common sense: mind your own plate. Stop policing how kids eat!

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We Need To Talk About Body Image With Our Kids Early And Often​

Here are a few ways we can help kids develop a healthy body image.

The media and the fashion industry overwhelmingly continue to promote a body type that’s not realistic. We need to talk to about body image with our kids.

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How Dogmatic Perfectionism Nearly Killed Me

Unfortunately I held onto the dogmatic perfectionism.

There was no room for fallibility or even a gray scale of good and bad — perfection was the only option. Dogmatic perfectionism nearly killed me!

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This Is How It’s Done: Teaching My Child What I Never Learned Growing Up

I can foster confidence in hands-on parenting. I'm teaching my child what I never learned.

By learning from my husband what confident parenting looks like, I can foster confidence in hands-on parenting. I'm teaching my child what I never learned.

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My White Childhood Best Friend Was Forbidden to See Me — Until She Found Me 29 Years Later

Despite our skin tones, our realities weren’t that disparate.

When her parents picked her up the next day, their eyes bored into ours with disgust. Not only was I black, but my otherwise white cousins were one-quarter Japanese. In my last memory of Brandy, she swam away from me in the unheated pool we shared with the high school next door.

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My Kids Don't Care About Fraggle Rock Or Its Anniversary & I'm A Little Sad About That

Oh Fraggle Rock, what a wondrous nostalgia you evoke. (Image Credit: Flickr/Cliff)

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A Magic All My Own

When I read, I imagined the characters gathered together in that backyard.

Don’t you all see how fun this is? I wanted to cry out. Instead, I whispered, “Yeah, b-b-books are weird,” and hid Junie B. Jones in my backpack. My classmates treated books the way I sometimes treated Girl Scout girls: with cold, eight-year-old contempt.

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Dandelion Girl: How A Photo Of My Younger Self Makes Me A Happier Person

My exuberance over these freshly-plucked perennials reminds me that the little things truly are the big things.

Of all the items that make up my workspace, it’s a picture of me holding a bunch of dandelions that never fails to put a smile in my heart. In this May 1979 picture, I carry an expression that’s nothing short of being as pleased as punch.

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