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.
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.
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.
Can you imagine the shame of having a psychiatrist warn you not to have children because “they could turn out like you?” No one should have to go through that, but here’s the story of one woman who did. We need to know the shocking truth of her story, as well as the horrific cases of forced sterilization, to address the harm of mental health stigma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.