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How to talk to your kids about prejudice with the help of 12 of our favorite books

It’s been a big few weeks for America, hasn’t it? From the heartbreak of the Charleston shootings to the landmark #LoveWins Supreme Court decision to the Girl Scouts donor dust-up, people everywhere are talking about prejudice. While I’ve seen such a beautiful swell of love, support and compassion for all kinds of people all over my social media this past month, I’ve also talked to lots of moms who are wondering how to talk to kids about prejudice and racism. Because even as my kids help me pick out wedding presents for all our friends, prejudice most definitely still exists whether it’s because of the color...

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Peace, love, and Girl Scouts | Thinking : Parent

I was a two-year Brownie, a Girl Scout for less than a year and then…well, I okay, so I was never much of a joiner to begin with. It all came down to the dress in the end; I didn’t want to have to wear one — this was the 70’s after all — and my troop leader wouldn’t allow me the tomboy sash-only concession that my Brownie leader did. That’s how I became a third-grade Girl Scout drop-out. Don’t worry, it didn’t lead to a pre-adolescent life of petty crime and clove cigarettes. That would come way later. Top photo: Authentic peace and love Girl Scout tee at...

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Two fantastic new crowdfunding platforms to help the small makers we love

I love the popularity of crowdfunding independent projects, especially since it’s helped to launch so many companies we love on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And now there are two new platforms I’m so happy to learn about, because they really are dedicated to artists and indie makers, and have yet to be taken over by companies that already have $4 million in VC funding: Fund on Etsy, and Seed & Spark.   FUND ON ETSY Fund on Etsy is just as it sounds — a pilot program to help support makers who want to stretch beyond “mom who sews things on...

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Bystander Revolution: The anti-bullying site every parent should know

There’s not one of us who didn’t grow up facing some sort of bullying. Did I ever tell you about the girls who called my number in high school and hung up every half hour, for hours and hours into the night? (That was before caller ID.) Then there was the girl at summer camp who handed out birthday cake to every other girl in our bunk, and when she got to me, she looked right at me, threw my slice on the floor, and said, “oops…I guess yours fell.” Some of it still stings, all these years later. And I can imagine you all have...

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Our favorite handmade toy boxes: Now personalized, on sale, and supporting a really special cause

June is going to be a busy month in the studio of one of our favorite modern kids’ furniture makers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. The Shark Tank winner, cool mom, and handmade toy box builder extraordinaire — along with her dad (love that!) — are going back to basics, and building some really beautiful custom toy boxes in the garage by hand, just like she used to back in 2007 when she founded the company. And when we first shared her toy chests with you.  If you need to get your playroom or a kid’s room more organized, this is a perfect opportunity. While all her...

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Web Coolness: How to help the Texas flood victims, free Lyft rides for women who need it, and guess who’s making a plus-size line.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   First, our hearts are with our friends, readers, and their families affected by the Texas flooding. (Above photo via CNN.com)  Just a few of the organizations doing good work that can use your donations: –Central Texas Red Cross –United Way of Austin –United Way of Hays County –Austin Pets Alive –Austin Disaster Relief Network –Hays County Food Bank   Thanks to NY Times Motherlode columnist Jess Leahy for including our post on DIY teacher gifts in their article on…great teacher gifts. Reading: Luckyish, a...

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Change for Good: Helping new moms in need is as easy as a diaper change.

I found out today that 30 percent of moms living below the poverty line can’t afford the diapers they need for their babies. As in, sometimes their kids have to wear the same diaper all day long because that’s all they have. I shouldn’t be entirely surprised when you look at the poverty issues with mothers in particular, but no mom should have to choose between food and diapers for her kids at the end of the day. And with Mother’s Day coming up, it really makes us think about those moms who could use a lot more than a...

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We’re Pregnant by Todd Parr: A funny, free ebook for new moms that gives back to kids in need

If you’ve parented toddlers, you’re probably familiar with Todd Parr’s children’s books, and his distinctively child-like illustrations. Well, my interest was piqued when I found out about his free new ebook that happens to be for parents this time. Add the fact that they’re donating $1 to Project Night Night for every download up to $10,000: I’m sold. We’re Pregnant by Todd Parr is perfect for first-time parents who are experiencing all those ups and downs. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about an illustrated picture book written for me, but the story is actually very sweet. With a reassuring tone, Parr reminds us that, yes, it’s...

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Making mom queen for a day. At least in her bathroom.

There are plenty of online retailers (and PR emails in our inbox) declaring, “Find your mom the perfect gift this Mother’s Day!” Turns out they’re talking everything from hair color to bathing suits. But one site that I think totally delivers on the suggestion: The Body Shop. Not just because of their fair trade purchasing and ethical practices, but because they have so many smart, affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas, like the limited edition Treat Me Like a Queen tote bag. Spend $30 on products to fill it, and the bag is yours for another $30.There are great options among their limited edition skincare products with...

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Another reason to love FashionABLE: Wallets!

Most of my friends, family, even my kids’ classroom teachers know by now that FashionABLE is my go-to for gifts because they’re all wearing something from them. Gorgeous scarves, fabulous totes, the list goes on. Well, now they’ve added wallets, I have to say might just be the gift from them I finally give to myself, and not just because they match their amazing leather totes I carry around daily. Okay, maybe a little.   As I just mentioned, I’m a huge fan of black and cognac leather, which is exactly what these handmade leather wallets are made from. But the size is perfect for...

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