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Community Outcry Sways City of Evanston to Reverse Planned Restorative Justice Cut, But More Is Needed.

I first met Arica Barton, the head of the Evanston Police Department’s Youth Services Restorative Justice program, in 2011. I was researching alternatives to punishment for youth offenders for a section in my book on bullying, and my dear friend Meagan Novara introduced me to Arica, knowing that I would be fascinated by the concept... Read more »

Rising From Loss: I Am Unwanted and Wanted

Rising From Loss: I Am Unwanted and Wanted
Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives. By Reshma McClintock Unnamed, unwanted, and likely never seen by the woman whose body housed me for roughly seven months, I was abandoned at birth in... Read more »

Trump, Football Players, and Little House on the Prairie: How Current Events and Historical Perspective Teach Us About Racism

My youngest daughter is reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series that I absolutely loved as a child. When I read the series over thirty years ago, I marveled at the charm and hardship of life as a pioneer. I remembered how Pa and Ma had to make every last thing from... Read more »

Top Ten Things I Won't Miss About Raising Kids

Oh, parenthood, sometimes you are such a chore. Here are the top ten things I won’t miss when the little birdies finally leave the nest: Cooking a healthy dinner that nobody eats. There’s nothing like spending time I don’t have preparing a healthy meal for the family, only to have the kids scream and cry... Read more »

Jewish in America: Explaining to My Daughters That People Hate Them Who Have Never Met Them

Over the weekend, my husband and I spoke in whispers about the horror unfolding in Charlottesville, VA, where white nationalists and white supremacists held a Unite the Right rally that quickly turned violent. Fistfights broke out; racial slurs were hurled; Nazi salutes were given. The images coming out of Charlottesville bore an eerie resemblance to... Read more »

A Cautionary Tale: Choosing The Right Side of History in America

The following short story is a work of fiction. It features entirely fictional characters and is based on true events in America. It is subtle at times. After all, you can still walk into the grocery store and see row after row of food. You can still go to the movies and marvel over the... Read more »

Hasbro Finally Creates Version of Star Wars Monopoly that INCLUDES Rey: Here Is How You Can Get It

Hasbro Finally Creates Version of Star Wars Monopoly that INCLUDES Rey: Here Is How You Can Get It
Calling all REY fans: Hasbro has finally created a special link to buy a version of Star Wars monopoly that INCLUDES REY in the four game tokens that come with the game! In response to the pressure to actually include Rey (not just offer her as an a la carte special-order piece), there is a... Read more »

My 6-Yr-Old Choked Eating An Easter Egg; The Heimlich Saved Her.

It happened in an instant. I was picking up my younger two girls from school on a Monday afternoon, and they were hungry. On Saturday night, my girls had enjoyed a special activity: they had dyed Easter eggs with family friends, and I decided to bring several of the brightly-colored hardboiled eggs as an after... Read more »

How to Help Syrian Refugees: Send a #ParcelofLove Baby Box

Sometimes I worry about developing compassion fatigue when I scroll through social media. There is no shortage of suffering, of heartfelt pleas to help support a thousand worthy causes. How does one decide where to allocate energy, time, money, anxiety? We do the best we can, I suppose, and we listen to what strikes a... Read more »

Boss Baby: Hard For Those Who Have Lost a Baby and For Foster Kids

I went with my husband and kids to see Boss Baby yesterday. My girls were very excited to see the movie, oohing and aahing about how adorable the baby was. There were many funny moments, and it was ultimately very sweet, but I wish I had known a little more about the movie before I... Read more »