How to Teach Consent to Kids in 5 Simple Steps

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Talking about consent isn’t always easy, and having these conversations with children can be even harder. Because it can seem so overwhelming, many adults shy from teaching kids about boundaries and consent in a comprehensive way. But here’s what you need to know about why it’s so important to teach consent in an ongoing process, with simple steps to follow.

3 Ways to Respect Your Child’s Autonomy While Still Being a Parent

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The pace has quickened when it comes to raising children. Children need autonomy skills sooner, and perhaps more urgently, than their parents did. If you’re nervous that autonomy is the gateway to disrespect for the parent-child dynamic, or you’re just not sure where to start, here are three ways to start making room for the practice of this vital life skill.

How Being a Stay-at-Home Dad Made Me Embrace My Inner Feminist

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When this author’s son was born, it made sense that he would stay home with him while his wife returned to her job. Besides, he wanted to be there as closely as he could to experience life with the baby. It didn’t even occur to him that this decision had a political element – but of course it did. Read about how watching his son grow had him reevaluating his feminism.

Tell Them The Truth: Empowering Our Children to Be Truth-Seekers

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You want the best for your children. But with misinformation coming at them from TV commercials, skewed textbooks, and silenced teachers, how do you raise a confident child? One effective method is to empower them to seek the truth. Here are three ways this author has tried to empower her children to be truth-seekers.

7 Things to Stop Saying to Pregnant People

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When someone is pregnant, their body is often viewed as public property. As a result, many people feel free to make wildly inappropriate comments about everything, from their appearance to their lifestyle choices to their medical decisions. But pregnancy doesn’t negate autonomy! So here are seven examples of common comments and questions that we need to stop saying.

I Have Aspergers and I Read The Comments You Write About People with Autism

This comic asks us to understand the loneliness of having Asperger’s Syndrome and wanting connection, but existing in a society that requires social skills they don’t have. It explores how heartbreaking it is to research those skills, and instead find tons of online comments and posts expressing how horrible it is to raise people with autism.

Fatherly Love: The Feminist Version

In our patriarchal society, fathers are taught that loving their daughters looks like control, like possessively sheltering them from the world. However, Will Evans—through this potent spoken word poem—explains that his version of fatherly love is a practice of protecting his daughter’s agency and autonomy to dictate her own life and make her own choices.

Parental Wage Gap: This Is What Happens to Your Income When You Have Children

Because we live in a patriarchal society, many places of employment still believe men to be the breadwinner of their families. People of other genders earn 78% less than men and lose 4% of their wages for every child they have. This is one of the ways poverty is linked to sexism. Check out this infographic to learn more about how the wage gap affects parents.

4 Lies About School Dress Codes That Cover Up Their Oppressive Effects

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School leaders and politicians are rampantly advocating for campus dress codes. However, most of those codes police, target, and negatively impact students who are girls, of color, poor or working class, and/or gender non-conforming. Further, they scapegoat those students for any problems the schools may have and force teachers to police students’ appearance.