Here are some of the best links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.
It’s summer, yay! Meaning swimsuit season – not always yay. So here’s to these swimsuit brands that celebrate diverse women’s bodies with their collections, curves (or no curves!) and all.
And for our picky kids, we found 9 cool black swimsuits for girls who just can’t with the pink. (Cue tween eyeroll.)
Here’s to NYC and the UFT which just passed a 6-week paid maternity leave law for NYC public school teachers and staff, including foster and adoptive parents! (Can you believe it didn’t exist before?)
We are blown away by this graduation speech from a Texas high school senior with autism who rarely speaks.
Big hits to the educational testing world to help make educational opportunities more available to all students: University of Chicago boldly drops the SAT/ACT requirement for applicants, while in New York, Mayor DeBlasio wants to eliminate the elite admission test (SHSSAT) to bring more diversity to the city’s 8 competitive specialized high schools.
The high school baseball game hug that went viral. Oof.
Loving this new podcast for kids and we think you will too!
Also new: The Paternal Podcast, which focuses on modern fatherhood.
New research is out: teens are still sexting without an understanding of potential consequences. Gah.
Need help with tech issues like these? Check out our new Out Tech Your Kids closed Facebook community. Great resource for thoughtful answers and support from other parents!
Punk yellow skull charm necklace from Loopholes Boutique.
Here’s to these young Philly sisters creating (nice!) jewelry to benefit two great charities. They also happen to be the daughters of CMP friend + cool dad blogger Jeff Bogle of Out With the Kids. Visit their shop Loopholes Boutique on Etsy.
Summer means grilling season! Check out these 10 genius grilling hacks that will change your backyard barbecues forever.
More summer food ideas in these simple campfire recipe recommendations from a scouting leader and family camping pro.
Share a your National Parks selfies on Instagram in the Pic Your Park contest and you could win prizes including a free trip to a US National Park! (Pro tip: Here are 22 National Parks just in the NYC area. National Parks + Monuments are EVERYWHERE!) webweb
My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aquí hasta allá by Amada Irma Pérez (Amazon affiliate link)
And of course there’s the issue that’s on all of our minds this week: The separation of thousands of children from their families at our borders.
With the issue consuming the news (well, all networks but one perhaps), these excellent children’s books about the immigrant experience may help you explain it to your kids, and create more kindness and empathy.
Blown away by the Willner family’s Facebook fundraiser for RAICES to support detained immigrants with bond funds. Their goal was $1500. So far they’ve hit…$16,000,000. In five days. This makes it the biggest charitable fundraiser on Facebook ever by more than 4x.
We’re also so grateful to all of you who have shared our post about it, left supportive comments, and most importantly, supported an organization working to help these kids or taken other action. (You are the best!) Keep checking back, because we’re still updating with new action items daily, including the newly announced Families Belong Together march on June 30