Talking to our Kids about Poverty: An Assets-Based Approach

I want to raise socially conscious kids: kids who have compassion, who are peace-builders, who advocate for justice especially for those on the margins.  In some ways, these are simple aspirations.  We often reduce them to inspirational hashtags: Be Kind.  Love Wins.  The reality is that social topics are also complex.  I spent my graduate … More Talking to our Kids about Poverty: An Assets-Based Approach

World Passport!

Read your way around the world this summer with our FREE World Passport, which you can download here: bit.ly/worldpassport.  I loved this kind of thing when I was a kid (basically, reading books and making tiny books), and so my 3 1/2 year old and I jumped right in and filled ours out. We don’t … More World Passport!

Cultivating Generosity

Having kids has made me realize all the more that selfishness is human nature.  I don’t know about yours, but mine aren’t exactly spending their 2’s and 3’s graciously giving up their toys and snacks.  (And let’s by honest, I have not very graciously given up things like sleeping past 6am or drinking my entire … More Cultivating Generosity

Nigerian Boli and Appreciative Inquiry: Teaching our Kids to Appreciate Cultures

My girls have been begging me to make Nigerian boli.  Which might seem like a strange request from two little American girls, had we not been reading Catch that Goat: A Market Day in Nigeria on repeat over the last six months. In this colorful and hilarious story, Adika is told by her mama to … More Nigerian Boli and Appreciative Inquiry: Teaching our Kids to Appreciate Cultures

Heroes

Every kid has one.  Whether it’s a dude in a cape or a dad.  Children’s books have always been filled with heroes: those people we admire and emulate. But what happens when our heroes don’t look like us? I touched on the topic of diversity in this previous post, where I noted the lack of … More Heroes

Love That Gives: Stories for Valentine’s Day

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with pink glitter and cuddly bunnies and conversation hearts.  Not at all.  But as Valentine’s Day approaches this year, on this day and every day I want my girls to know that love reaches beyond the bounds of sugary language and fluffy animals.  I want them to be assured … More Love That Gives: Stories for Valentine’s Day