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My Mom didn't allow use of the word "Hate" in her house

May 18, 2021

My Mom didn't allow use of the word "Hate" in her house.

My mom has always been "big on words."

She is a "say what you mean and mean what you say" type of person, which felt annoying as a kid, but I appreciate it so much as an adult.

"Think before you speak" was a daily mantra...

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Inclusive School Celebration Replacements for "Mother's Day"

Apr 29, 2021
Mother's Day is a very uncomfortable time for some people and school activities often magnify that discomfort.
 
Teachers, let's be proactive and use language and activities that give every child an opportunity to feel seen, heard, and supported.
 
When you know better, you do...
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A Message to Kids about Toy Guns

Apr 18, 2021
 
I would be honored if you let a child you are connected to watch this video ... then read below to continue the conversation as a family.
 
Whatever you decide to do, it’s the conversation that’s most important.
 
A lot of your children are going to think that...
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Should Children Play with Toy Guns?

Apr 15, 2021
 
It's time to stop letting our kids own or play with toy guns
 
When children play, they are creating an alternate reality for themselves. When children play with guns, they are usually creating an environment where there is a "good guy" and a "bad guy" and the bad guy MUST DIE or feel...
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Inclusive Language Teachers Should Use

Apr 13, 2021
The world is filled with untraditional families.
When I was a child, I often lived with different family members who were not my parents. When my teachers would ask, "What did your mom say?" or tell us to give things to our parents, I felt like I was living a lie or that something was wrong...
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Why You Should Teach Your Child to See Color

Apr 12, 2021
 

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"Why should I teach my child to see color?" It is a sincere question and goes against what society has taught as "conscious parenting" for years. But, teaching your child not to see color is harmful. It may not allow them to see racism or the unconscious biases...

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Inclusive Language to use instead of "You Guys"

Apr 12, 2021
Words are powerful. We all hold on to them much longer than we think and a part of becoming more conscious, evolved, aware, inclusive, or whatever your growth of choice is at the moment...it all includes being mindful and intentional about the words we use.
It's inappropriate to use phrases...
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How to Raise an Upstander, Not a Bystander

Apr 04, 2021
We have to raise a generation of leaders who are UPSTANDERS, and stand up versus simply stand by while others around them are harmed.
 
But, trigger warning... a lot of this begins at home.
We're often trained when we are children to simply "mind our business" as family members mistreat...
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The Talk All Kids Need

Mar 31, 2021
Are you teaching kids to be Upstanders (and stand up for others) or Bystanders (Stand by and watch things happen)?
 
According to Social Psychologists, The Bystander Effect, is a theory that indicates that people are less likely to help when others are around because they expect someone...
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The Chinese Version of Cinderella...and Diversity

Mar 23, 2021
 
The Chinese "Version of Cinderella" is actually one of the earliest versions, written in the 9th century. Yeh Shen, "Ye Xian," was created long before the version that we and most of our children know of.
 
There is a version of Cinderella in almost every culture and country. Hundreds...
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