Why I wont teach my kids this tradition.

My aunt posted a conversation she had with her daughter this morning….. My aunt: “Oh no, I don’t have anything green to wear! All the kids are going to pinch me!” Her daughter: “Well, yesterday a lady talked to my class about personal space. If you don’t want people to pinch you, ask them not…

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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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Self-Care as a Radical Practice

In my twelve years of experience (so far) of social work, all direct service, I have heard about the need for self-care countless times. The conversation or lecture or training on the subject generally sounds the same each time: you can’t help anyone if you don’t take care of yourself, you have to prevent burnout,…

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Teaching Children How to Take a Stand

An essential ingredient of any socially conscious person’s m.o. is taking a stand, whether for or against something. Taking a stand is a skill that requires discipline. You will likely encounter push-back and so have to be resolved in your position but will get better results if you are graceful with your response. You will…

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Halloween: not an excuse for oppression

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!” Do kids still sing this? I have a great memory of my brother reciting it at a doorstep and subsequently being denied the offer of candy the rest of us enjoyed. Many people I talk to have nostalgic memories of the anticipation of…

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