The real issue isn’t how different boys and girls are, but how parents react to those small differences that turn them into the much larger differences society associates with boys and girls. If we can identify areas where we may have a bias, we can direct our awareness there to overcome it or compensate for it. Let’s look at some ways to compensate for implicit bias in our parenting.
Some parents may not be aware of the ways some of their early parenting tactics and behaviors have been undermining the value of consent in their children. How can you identify these moments in your own parenting interactions? In this episode, Paige Lucas-Stannard discusses how these ways of communicating with our children are a danger toward their understanding of consent.
The cultural expectation for women is to start a family. Most of our media portrays motherhood as the be-all, end-all of womanhood, to the point that it’s almost accepted as fact that some women don’t want kids. But it’s true: some don’t. Here to discuss women who choose not to have children and what this decision means for them is Donna M. Gratehouse, democratic blogger from Arizona.
Far too often, young people tear each other down and target one another for sustained violence, harassment, or neglect in order to feel more powerful, particularly when the person exhibiting bullying behavior is feeling powerless. But if we want to end the problem, we have to do the tough work of changing culture and climate. It’s time we change how we talk about bullying.
Over the past few years, I have started making changes to ensure that my children are comfortable with their own identities. I want them to understand how to respond to and how to use the word no. There are steps that you can take, of course, to put some healthy space between you and your kids. But if you’re not sure where to start, I’ve got you covered.
In this week’s video headline, Paige Lucas-Stannard explains four common ways that parents teach their children harmful ideas about consent without realizing. These parenting tactics are all too common, and they could be causing some very harmful behaviors in adults. Watch Paige describe how these ways of communicating with our children are a danger toward their understanding of consent and belief in the importance of their desires and feelings!
Constructs of patriarchy arise internally and appear externally every day. For women who are mothers, the back-to-school slam dance can be an opportunity to allow the rigid boundaries of good and bad to loosen. Questioning the authority of constructs of good/bad motherhood requires an ongoing critical reflection of how we are in the world, and how we are with the world. Glue sticks not required.
So you’re going to be a gay parent? Congratulations! Don’t worry. This isn’t going to be one of those typical posts that tells you to stock up on diapers and learn CPR. I wanted to write this post specifically for you, the expectant gay parent, because there’s a whole lot of important parenting stuff they’re not going to cover in those baby classes that applies directly to you.
Living with toxic parents is never an easy situation to deal with, but it can be bearable. The most important thing is that you take care of yourself and not let your emotions get out of control. Turn to your journal, trusted loved ones, and your safe space during turmoil. And if you need to get out, do so. Always put yourself and your needs first. You deserve it.
Women with PMADs persevere with grit and guts only the strongest of strong know. Women who experience depression or anxiety during or after childbirth didn’t sign up for it, but have in their bones a power unsurpassed by most. Against all odds, and in the face of stigma, families that don’t understand, and providers who fail to ask, treat, or acknowledge symptoms, they fight.