Tia Mowry is sharing her thoughts on white privilege as it pertains to her own family. As a biracial daughter to a Black mother and white father, Tia saw instances in which her father's inherent privilege was made apparent when juxtaposed with her mother's experiences.
On the heels of Sesame Street's antiracist statement on June 1, the show is taking a step in following through on its promise to "speak out against racism, to promote understanding, and to create a world that is smarter, stronger, and kinder." In collaboration with CNN, Sesame Street will talk to kids about racism in a 60-minute town hall on Saturday, June 6.
The protests and activism against the murder of George Floyd and others have prompted various conversations about how families can foster antiracism and representation at home. One way is by supporting Black businesses that do just that. Along with consistently reading your children books that promote representation and equality and having open and honest conversations about race, parents can also support Black-owned baby and kids businesses. From adorable baby clothes that you'll want to add to your registry ASAP to businesses that are determined to give little ones more representative toys, there are many Black-owned baby and children's brands to consider. Read ahead to see a list of some of the brands we love. Related: This Occupational Therapist Shared a Clever Way to Help Kids Learn to Write Numbers
Jamie Bruesehoff, a writer and mom to 13-year-old transgender activist, Rebekah Bruesehoff, would do anything to support her daughter. Ever since Rebekah began to transition at the age of 8, Jamie has been her biggest advocate.
There's a pervasive myth that children are these pure, blank slates who cannot develop racial prejudices unless they are explicitly taught to do so. They're color-blind, many will say, and we shouldn't talk to them about race because they're too young, too confused, and too innocent.
Nicole Byer has written a script on how to explain racism to children, and she's calling upon white parents to put it to use. On Tuesday, the host of Netflix's Nailed It!
Protests and rebellions have erupted in cities across the US this week, and with everyone likely still at home because of the pandemic, there's a good chance your child overheard you discussing the events, or they saw photos of them on your phone's newsfeed or they caught a glimpse of the action on the TV screen. Without any context, those blips can be upsetting and confusing.
The wheels of justice are being propelled forward through protests and demonstrations being held throughout the nation. Each time our timelines refresh, more footage is released showcasing the plight of the diligent, refusing to remain silent about the brutality that Black people continue to face in this country.
Tonya Ruiz, a grandmother who appropriately goes by "Grandma Gets Real" on Instagram, has been putting her time sheltering in place to good use. Over the last few weeks, she's been crafting various Barbie dolls that represent different social-distancing personas, and we're utterly obsessed. "I had always wanted to make parody Barbies like I had seen on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She had funny realistic ones like Distracted Driver Barbie and Hoarder Barbie," she told POPSUGAR. "When the quarantine started [I saw that someone posted a "Pandemic Barbie"]. I thought that I should make a realistic curvy Barbie like me - wearing stretchy pants and eating snacks because that's what I was doing. I thought my Instagram friends would get a kick out of it." Ahead, check out some of Tonya's incredible creations. Whether you've been constantly baking or have been attempting to work from home while simultaneously homeschooling, Tonya has a doll for you! Related: A Teen Taught His Grandma a TikTok Dance, and Obviously She Stole the Show!
Image Source: Andrea Domjan Despite his sex at birth being male, gender-creative 13-year-old CJ Duron has always been partial to "girly" things like makeup and the color pink. But why, he challenges, does all that have to "mean something?"
With social-distancing regulations loosening across the United States, parents may be wondering when it'll be safe to fly with the kids again. Although the CDC outlined safety measures in the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, not much has changed in terms of guidelines.
It is incumbent upon white Americans to be stronger, more active, and more consistent allies in the fight for racial equality. White parents, in particular, must ask ourselves how we can raise children who will be part of the solution to the racial inequities and injustices that pervade our society. Children perceive race before they're even a year old, so our work in raising antiracist children needs to start at the very beginning. We need to introduce our children to the concepts of representation and inclusivity early and often, and one easy way to do this is by thoughtfully choosing the books we read to them. The lack of representation and inclusivity has long been an issue in children's literature. A 2019 study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed that more children's books featured animals as main characters than depicted Black, Asian, Latinx, or Indigenous characters. Unfortunately, it's much harder to find children's books that are widely representative than it should be. We know that it's incredibly important for people of color to see themselves represented in media, but it's also very important for white children to see characters unlike themselves, too. Here is a list that we've compiled for books that we recommend parents read to their young kids, starting from birth. Some of these books are examples of the type of representation we want to see more of in children's books, and others teach valuable lessons of inclusion and equality. And we want to be clear - this is just one small step that parents can take. There are so many things that white parents can do to become better allies. We should read books and educate ourselves about race in America. We should talk to our kids about race and white privilege. We should model antiracism for our kids by thinking critically about everyday choices and actions we make. We should recognize that this is just the beginning of a long conversation, and that our efforts toward raising antiracist children should be an integral part of our everyday lives.
Disney movies are generally so fun and happy that they can be watched all year long no matter the season, but there's definitely a selection of films that scream summer to us. Whether the movie takes place in summer, has to do with school being out or graduation, or just gives us major summer vibes with its ocean scenes, tropical weather, or mainly outdoor plot, some Disney movies just fit well for a summertime family movie night. Keep scrolling to see which movies we'll be watching this summer on Disney+ (and if your kids prefer TV series, check out these shows on Disney's streaming platform). Related: The 17 Disney Movies That Are on HBO Max Instead of Disney+
Although we've been social distancing for months in the US, there still isn't a clear-cut timeline as to when schools will reopen or an understanding of what our children's schooldays will look like. However, there are some schools around the world that are resuming classes with various precautions in place, including mask wearing, social distancing, and thorough cleaning regimens. Ahead, take a look at some of the powerful photos that capture teachers and students who have gone back to school since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether they're in Tunisia, France, or China, their current new "normal" looks significantly different than before, and it's more than likely classrooms in the US will look quite similar. Related: After Growing Up Without a Father, a Man Made a Helpful YouTube Channel For Kids Who Need Support
HBO Max is finally here, and we know what you're thinking: "Another streaming service?!" Trust us, we had the same thought at first, but we're obsessed with HBO Max. Not only is it more accessible - those who subscribe to HBO through cable or HBO Now as a standalone service already have access to HBO Max at no additional cost! - but it's worth it for those who aren't already subscribed, as the $15 per month cost goes a looooong way. Adults and kids alike will find almost too much to watch on this service, but for kids especially, there are so many family movies to queue up (like, ahem, every single Harry Potter movie!). Scroll through to get a look at nearly every single movie available for kids on HBO Max (and learn more about some of HBO Max's new original series, like Looney Tunes Cartoons and The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo. Related: 10 Family Movies Still Coming Out in 2020 That Your Kids Will Want to See
Discovering my sexuality wasn't exactly the easiest road. I was around 11 when I started showing an interest in the LGBTQ+ community.
Like most old city apartments, my place doesn't have a dishwasher. I spend almost every night doing the dishes, and over the years I grew particular about my sponges and gloves. I often found myself throwing them out and purchasing new ones every few weeks because it seemed like the most sanitary option. Recently, I had turned to Amazon to buy another batch, but was recommended these Magic Dishwashing Silicone Scrubber Gloves ($14); I was immediately drawn to them. I had heard a lot about silicone sponges and how they're much more hygienic than a traditional sponge that collects tons of bacteria. But I was completely sold on the concept that these gloves are a two-in-one product. I bought them within 30 seconds. The day they arrived was probably the most excited I had ever been to cook and clean up. I was so pleasantly surprised by the results. I lathered the gloves in soap and started washing away. Getting my dishes squeaky clean was easier than ever, and honestly a little fun. The gloves feature slip-resistant grips, so wet items didn't slip away. They can withstand temperatures of -40 through 200 degrees Celsius, so using scorching hot water wasn't an issue. Plus, they even come with a handy hook, so you can hang them up to dry when you're done. I have a feeling these will last for a long time and they were worth every penny. So what are you waiting for? Keep reading to check them out and pick up a pair for yourself. You won't regret it. Related: Hands Down, These Are the 17 Best Things I've Bought on Amazon All Year
White privilege is a topic you might be hearing a lot about lately, mostly due to the hatred and violence that, sadly, occur in this country so often. But while it might seem like a new term to some, it's been alive and well for centuries, whether you've chosen to acknowledge it or not.
Mom of two Rebekah McClelland learned that she had Asperger's Syndrome as an adult in 2014. As a mother, she's been dedicated to raising her sons - who have also been diagnosed with autism - with the understanding that it doesn't hold them back in any way.
There are a lot of things I've said to my parents. "I have a tattoo" was a phrase that slipped through my teeth one Thanksgiving post-college, leading to an angrily served turkey and a postpie argument.
Disney's parks and other large theme parks like Universal Studios have been closed since mid-March, leaving fans to ride park attractions virtually and cook up their favorite Disney treats at home. And while the country as a whole is beginning to think about what life will look like as the first wave of this pandemic eases up, in late April, Florida's Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force focused on putting a plan in place for reopening the state's theme parks.