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Body positivity and creating a culture of consent

Photography by Shandra Massier Body positivity. In previous posts, I have written about a caregiver’s responsibility to raise our children in a culture of consent. Imparting these ideals on our children is the only way humanity has a hope of overcoming rape culture. When we talk about creating a culture of consent, we have to recognize a correlation between the …

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5 ways parents may be contributing to rape culture- and not even know it.

Please be aware that we are discussing some heavy material. Topics in this blog post may be triggering. Rape Culture If you look at any current news feed right now there are endless reports of sexual offenders on trial, victim shaming, victim blaming, and perpetrators victoriously grinning. A month ago, the American presidential elect got caught lewdly boasting about blatantly …

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Consent. How we use tickling to create a family culture of consent!

Warning: The following contains some disturbing content and may be triggering. photography by Shandra Massier Consent. We’ve heard that word a lot in the media recently. And I am glad some of us are talking about it. It’s about damn time. To the rational mind, the concept of consent doesn’t seem so hard to grasp: “Don’t do anything to another …

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How to get your kids interested in gardening

I have been gardening with children for the past 6 years. My kids and whatever stray kids that have found their way into my yard, love feasting on the edible landscape that THEY have helped to grow. I think that children should be comfortable in their outdoor environment and it is of the highest importance that children learn to grow food; …

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8 reasons you need to get your kids gardening!

Aurora, our oldest, was born on Groundhog Day in 2008 and just like that charming rodent we look to for forecasting, we holed up inside for the rest of our brutally cold winter.   She was only 4 months old when gardening season started and was with me wherever I went. She would either lay on a blanket in the shade or next to …

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Adorable hazelnut mice DIY

The cutest craft on the internet:   I was about 11 years old and it was a month before the holidays. My mom worked at a hospital that was putting on a Christmas craft sale and she asked if I would like to help make and sell something at the show. We decided to make Christmas tree ornaments. My first business: ‘Kids …