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Maybe, just maybe, The People of Walmart has something to teach us?

August 30, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Scene 1: There is this new website, People of Walmart, that’s gaining the buzz.  (Heck, even The Bloggess mentioned them as “shit-I-didn’t-write-but-wish-I-did-because-it’s-kind-of-awesome” for this week…) (Note: Time.com also wrote about it on August 31, 2009, the day after this post was originally published.) Here is one of the most excellent specimen, in all its […]

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The Ability to be Oblivious OR Is there a manual for the multicutural world we envision?

June 16, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Warning: The following text contains ruminations on the color of our skins. If you feel uncomfortable discussing skin colors, wish that people would just stop obsessing over skin colors and go on with their lives, or believe that the insistence on talking about the colors of our skin makes the originator of the conversation […]

We are like The Simpsons. Yellow like The Simpsons.

May 22, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet My 6 yo drew this picture of us today. This would be one of the 86,337 pictures drawn from the teacher asking “Please draw a picture of your family” before he graduates from high school. Surprised at his choice of color. But thank goodness that they no longer call the pale pinkish color “Skin”. […]

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A flower for Joey Roth, the designer of Sorapot

February 28, 2009 random

Tweet Humbleville, Interweb – Local woman awoken from her solipsistic stupor by designer’s sincere, genuine interest in feedback of his creation. Submom received a wake-up call when designer Joey Roth replied directly to her random vent of his creation, Sorapot. When asked to reflect more carefully, Submom admitted that she DID enjoy watching the Chinese […]

Towards the discussion of race with a 6 year-old…

February 11, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Every day is a trial and error in my effort to bring my kids up the “right” way… Here is an incident happened last month which I have been chewing over and over: My 6 year-old came home excited one day to tell me all about what he had learned at school about MLK, […]

Abraham Lincoln rocked this house last night!

February 10, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet In commemoration of Lincoln’s Bicentennial on February 12, PBS is showing a series of documentaries on Lincoln, both his life and death. Last night, PBS aired the extremely well-made documentary on Lincoln’ death, “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln”. Ok, who has heard of a 6-year-old crying because he had to stop watching a documentary […]

“That’s so Gay” is NOT so funny! This has nothing to do with sense of humor…

February 9, 2009 no manual for parenting

Tweet Steven Petrow’s post on Huffington today really struck a chord: “That’s so Gay” is Not So Funny I am so happy and relieved that someone brought this subject up, again. Since Huffington is purportedly the most linked blog site in the world, hopefully more parents and teachers would be reading about this. I have […]

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So, how do you explain Roe vs. Wade to a 10-year-old boy??

November 3, 2008 no manual for parenting

Tweet Am I a bad mom? Sometimes I worry that in an effort to bring up children that are progressive, tolerant, self-aware, and self-reliant, and to make sure that they become “contributing members of a civil society” in the future, I may have pulled a cloud over their childhood. If they are fortunate enough to […]