Posts in category "equal rights"

Now We Are Six: Hopes For My Youngest Girl On Her Birthday

Now We Are Six: Hopes For My Youngest Girl On Her Birthday
For the third time, I have a daughter turning six.  Each girl’s life at the time of her sixth birthday is imprinted in my mind. When my oldest daughter turned six, we were two months into reuniting with her birth family. She started kindergarten the week of her sixth birthday, and she was one of... Read more »

I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.

I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.
February is Black History Month.  I wanted to write a piece that honors what it means to be Black in our country. But I cannot do that with any authenticity, because I am not Black. Being both a woman and a Jew, I do have some idea of what it means to be marginalized, to... Read more »

Don't Miss the "End Bullying" Panel this Friday at New York Comic Con

Don't Miss the "End Bullying" Panel this Friday at New York Comic Con
Learn how to convert kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition’s powerful End Bullying panel, back at New York Comic Con (NYCC) by popular demand! Topics of discussion will include geek, cyber, and LGBT-bullying, becoming a hero IRL, and analyzing how media affects our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty... Read more »
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To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

Dearest C, Today you visited your “new” preschool classroom.  I say “new” with a smile, because you have already been a student at your school for the previous two years. And before that, you were a baby who came to this school every day to drop off and pick up your big sister Annie Rose... Read more »

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!
It is my delight to announce that my nonfiction book Bullied has been named a Gold Medal Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards.  This is the highest honor they give out, and it brings great joy to me. Bullied is a book that can be used by a wide variety of people with varying... Read more »

Two Kids, Two Passions – Glad We Took Two Cars to See Star Wars

Two Kids, Two Passions – Glad We Took Two Cars to See Star Wars
It’s a good thing we took two cars. Annie Rose insisted she wanted to come with us to see the Star Wars movie.  I thought I might have to leave Episode One: The Phantom Menace early, because I was concerned that four-and-a-half-year-old Annie Rose would be frightened of Darth Maul. She and I did end... Read more »
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Pink Is Not the Enemy. Stereotypes Are.

There is a growing faction within the girl-empowerment movement that expresses disdain and scorn for all things pink and princess.  Supporters of young girls are increasingly pitting rough and tumble tomboys against tutu-wearing, glitz-loving girly girls. Why can’t girls be both? Pink is not the enemy.  Labels are. To understand how pink has evolved into... Read more »

To A Better Day, in Memory of MLK, Jr.

To A Better Day, in Memory of MLK, Jr.
K and AR are big fans of Martin Luther King, Jr. Last year we celebrated “Martin’s birthday” by reading (for the hundredth time) our MLK Jr. children’s books.  Six-year-old K led two-yr-old A in a rousing chorus of “We Shall Overcome.”  After dinner, we stuck a couple birthday candles in a frosted cake and sang... Read more »