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Celebrate Nature and Environmentalism: Add these days to your family calendar

Below is a list of holidays and observances that are meant to celebrate nature, bring awareness to environmental issues, and inspire environmental stewardship. Adding them to your family calendar, learning together what their significance is, and finding creative ways to honor the days is a great way to regularly engage together in environmentalism. National Bird…

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Celebrate social justice work and diversity: add these days to your family calendar

Below is a list of holidays and observances that are meant to honor the work of civil rights activists, celebrate major civil rights achievements, celebrate diversity, and/or bring awareness to social justice issues. Adding them to your family calendar, learning together what their significance is, and finding creative ways to honor the days is a…

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Introducing diverse families through play

“Mommy tree, Daddy tree, baby tree.” “Mommy pear, baby pear.” “Daddy cup, baby cup” Whatever it is, if it is in a group of two, three, or more, my toddler will categorize by family member, according to size. I assume this is typical toddler making sense of the world behavior. I have found that these…

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New life out of old toys

You know the routine. Kid meets toy. Kid LOVES toy. Kid gets toy. Kid plays with toy nonstop and wont even put it down for bed. Kid and toy are inseparable…….for about a week. Kid meets new toy. Kid LOVES toy… Probably every parent has witnessed some version of this scene. As a parent to…

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Fight Sexism with Nursery Rhymes

An activity my older daughter and I frequently engage in is singing together (and of course I sing to my baby), the lyrics of which I often change whether to emphasize specific characteristics (“if you are pretty and you know it” is always changed to “if you are smart and you know it”) or to…

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