Special Education Needs to Be Dismantled and Rebuilt

Fifteen years have passed since my first teaching experience as an assistant teacher at the center-based special education school in Michigan where my mom spent most of her teaching career. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to teach in classrooms spanning from the United States, Belize, and South Africa, and see firsthand how ableist practices…

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White Folks & Smashing the Kyriarchy

[Header image reads: White Folks & Smashing the Kyriarchy. The image shows people at a protest, with a prominent sign that reads, “Black Lives Matter”] Before Harper was born, I came across A Striving Parent’s blog on how preserving her white child’s innocence was an act of white supremacy. At the time, I had just…

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Navigating Consent With My 3 Year Old

Toddlers are notorious for grabbing, touching, and just generally invading body boundaries and personal space. From licking random objects, to shoving beads up their nose, toddlers learn all about their bodies by exploring them. In an attempt to raise a kid who knows that their body is their body, and that they have complete autonomy…

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Raising a Kid Who Thinks Differently Than You

By Mari Peterson and April Brown As the neurodiversity paradigm continues to gain attention, we have have been researching and reflecting a lot about how this relates to our own family. Different-thinkers, people who see the world in unique and rainbow-esque ways. Our families have always been here. Life has just been harder and confusing…

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3 Art Projects Using Reusable Materials for Kids

We’ve been stuck in the house most of the week because H has a bad virus. There are many reasons you may be cooped up in the house, from kids getting treatments, to kids with viruses, or maybe the weather is just not optimal to take your child outdoors. Whatever your reason is for staying…

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Hey Exhausted Parent, I See You

Hi there, Saturday. I had big expectations for you. Yesterday was such a good day. Like, really good. H was full of all that beautiful, inspiring energy toddlers possess. As I worked from home, I heard her bouncing around the house playing with her dad. She gave me kisses in between my meetings. She was…

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Battling Postpartum Depression

“Postpartum depression is a thief–it steals away the woman’s perspective and her feelings of competence and confidence. Generally women with postpartum depression feel as if they’ve lost themselves.” Dr. Shosh, Postpartum Depression for Dummies It wasn’t until a year or so after meeting my husband that I even thought about the possibility of becoming a…

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How Can We Help Mother Earth?

Everyone wants to live a healthy and happy life. I don’t think anyone consciously wakes up in the morning saying, “Let’s destroy planet earth!” But busy days, longer hours, and that never ending to do list [ahem…capitalism] is a recipe for quick and fast purchases. Not to mention feeling completely disconnected from nature and the…

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5 ways to embrace even the most difficult parts of parenting

Being a parent is hard work. Just like any relationship, there are days you wish could last forever, and moments that make you question everything. You may even wonder if you’re cut out for this parenting gig in the first place. My toddler is almost three years old, and I often hear opinions from other parents…

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7 Ways to Get to Know Your Child

Getting to know each other can be difficult, here’s some tips to help Co-authored by: Mari Peterson & April Brown Our children come to us in many seasons of life, and through many mediums. Although in our heart of hearts we may understand that our children are their own complete selves, to love our children…

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