(Content Warning: Rape) You may have heard horrific stories about rape and victim-blaming. Maybe one of those stories is yours. With how often rape happens, what does it mean to raise children and hope for their safety? In this chilling spoken word piece, Elizabeth Acevedo explores how she would raise her daughter, showing exactly why it’s so important to fight rape culture.
Do you know a woman who doesn’t want to have children? People tend to have lots of opinions and questions about us. This comic has what you need to know about how those thoughts might be based on sexist assumptions and dehumanizing stereotypes – and why it helps all of us to trust people to know what’s best for themselves, rather than judging or criticizing them.
Do you know any single parents? Then you should know what’s hurtful and helpful to say to them. This mom has learned a lot about the judgments thrown at single parents, including well-intended words that cause harm. Find out what not to say to a single parent, and get ideas for how to offer support. Let’s help break the isolation and stigma single parents face.
What did you learn from your toys when you were a child? The answer may depend on whether you were raised as a boy or a girl. For a clear picture of the absurd differences between what society expects of men and of women, look no further than this comic. Here’s what everyone should realize about how we empower boys and disempower girls – and why we need to stop.
Who comes to mind when you think of eating disorders? Eating disorders don’t discriminate, but myths about them leave many people out – including mothers. Read one mom’s story of post-partum depression and a pressured post-pregnancy diet that led to an eating disorder. There’s no sure way to prevent an eating disorder, but we can learn from her recovery and parenting precautions.
In this beautifully written piece, a young biracial woman sets out to write a letter to her father – a white father to a black daughter. And her heartfelt words are what every white parent of children of color should hear: that race matters, that accountability matters, and that it’s up to you to make sure that you are a part of your child’s understanding of race.
With the way young people today are so wired into the media, it’s no surprise that many parents are looking for advice after discovering their child looking at porn. Here are helpful recommendations for what to say to your middle schooler, what you can stop worrying about, and how you can make this communication as healthy, informative, and comfortable as possible.
Non-binary kids are kids who feel that they are multiple genders, none, or some mixture thereof. As a former non-binary kid myself, this author has some thoughts about how best to parent non-binary kids. Because knowledge is power – and knowing how to wade through your child’s non-binary identity can help you be a better parent and your child be their authentic self!
For a country so taken with the idea of “family values,” the United States does a remarkably terrible job at helping people start families. We’re the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have a law guaranteeing that new mothers receive paid maternity leave. And in most workplaces, paternity leave remains unheard of. So what do we need to know, and how can we fix it?
If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking “Why them and not me?” then this article is for you. Working through infertility or miscarriages while celebrating the births around you is not always an easy task – and you’re not alone in this hard experience. Check out this piece, which explains why binary thinking – a la easy and not-so-easy pregnancies – can be damaging.