5 Survival Tips for When Caregiving Is Overwhelming

Sheila Sund

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 What if I offered you a job that included no pay or benefits, required 24-hour availability, required you to learn basic medical care, and made it difficult for you to tend to your own basic needs? Would you take it? If you have a grandparent, parent, or child, you likely have experience with … [Read more...]

“Sudden Adulthood”: How Growing Up Too Fast Is a Normal Part of Life


By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 The Millennial generation is a harbinger of doom ... or so the media would have us believe. Since this generation started to enter its teenage years, multitudes of articles have condemned the ways a zombielike obsession with technology coupled with over-nurturing since birth created millions of … [Read more...]

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Goldsardine via Flickr

By Lori Day Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on The Twilight Zone. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Ditch the Happy Plate

Tim Regan

By Janaya Greene (Intern 2015) I remember anxiously waiting for my sister and my parents to arrive at the dinner table when I was about five years old. After a long day of school and an unpleasant school lunch, I was overwhelmingly excited to eat a home-cooked meal. But that excitement turned to dread when my stomach seemed to … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Raise White Children to be Anti-racist Allies


by Dr. Rebecca Hains; cross-posted with permission In recent [months], the nation has been riveted and repulsed by the grand juries’ decisions to indict neither Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, nor New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. In the ensuing … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and Parenthood: Breaking the Cycle


By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 In the same way that John Green describes the process of falling in love in The Fault in Our Stars, my troubles as a new mother started slowly, and then happened all at once. I always wanted to be one of those mothers who instantly bonds with her child, who people look at and say, “Motherhood suits … [Read more...]

“He’s Wearing What?!” and Other Frequent Responses to Gender Variance

Purple Sherbert Photography

By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2014 It's another blazing hot summer day as my 7-year-old son and I careen down the highway. The first day of school is mere days away, and we are on our way to one last hurrah—ice cream at our favorite shop. I glance at him in the rearview mirror and notice him brush his gorgeous red hair from his eyes. … [Read more...]

Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

Rachel Gardner

By Hannah White Anorexia is innately personal. It's between you and your flesh, you and your bones. It's a body count of one. It causes you to withdraw within yourself, to turn from our food-laden world and burrow into a space of so-called control. Your "safe foods" go into your mouth, and no one else's. It's not a plea for … [Read more...]

Girls in Pants and Boys in Princess Costumes — The Horror!


By Gabrielle DeFranceschi of The Language Effect, cross-posted with permission Flipping through this year's Halloween magazines, I realized I might actually cry tears of joy if I saw a little boy pictured in a princess costume, or a little girl dressed as Superman. It is 2014, after all, and we have come a long way in the past … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

Image by Ed L on Flickr

By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]