Devil’s Advo-cat: How a Puppet Revolutionized Our Political Parenting

Liberators, meet Rocky. Rocky is a year and a half old orange tabby who loves bacon, tuna, tummy rubs, and "playing" with squirrels. He also thinks he's right all the time, insists that everyone should fend for themselves, and talks back to me and Miles constantly. If we're being totally honest, he's kind of a shithead. … Continue reading Devil’s Advo-cat: How a Puppet Revolutionized Our Political Parenting

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The Best TV Shows and Movies for Open-Minded Kids

Back when I was pregnant with Bean, I had every intention of following the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline saying that babies and toddlers younger than age 2 should not have any screen time (this guidance has since been changed). My mom would tell me, "Talk to me in two years and we'll see if you … Continue reading The Best TV Shows and Movies for Open-Minded Kids

I’m Big and BEAUTIFUL: Body Positive Parenting

Anyone who has raised a child knows what I mean when I say my daughter is the most beautiful creature I have ever seen. Just the thought of her growing up thinking "I'm ugly" makes me tear up. And the fact that little girls are having negative body images at younger and younger ages is frightening to me. So from the moment I knew I was pregnant, I've been intentional about body-positive parenting.

Talkin’ Politics with Preschoolers: Childcare in Activist Spaces

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Childcare as a Revolutionary Act, which discussed the reasons why providing childcare for leftist movement is so important, and some general tips for childcare providers. But it still left some big questions unanswered: How do you discuss political activism with pre-schoolers? How can you plan activities when you don't … Continue reading Talkin’ Politics with Preschoolers: Childcare in Activist Spaces

Parenting Habits of Highly Queer People

Fun fact time! I am queer, and super happy about it! Less fun fact: My queerness is often rendered invisible thanks to marriage and heteronormativity. On a day-to-day basis, this is not a big problem, because the people who are closest to me are fully aware of my sexual and romantic identities, and are the type … Continue reading Parenting Habits of Highly Queer People

Reading Liberation: The Best Social Justice Books for Pre-Schoolers

We're big readers in this family. My dad once told me, "For me, not being able to read would be like not being able to see." The smell of my favorite used book store is as comforting to me as the smell of Christmas cookies. Miles won me over because he understood my reference to Herman … Continue reading Reading Liberation: The Best Social Justice Books for Pre-Schoolers