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4 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

Fourteenth Way for Dads to Change the World: Take your kids to a peace march

By Jeremy Adam Smith Scene: A San Francisco restaurant. Liko is two years old and he's eating pasta. Me: Liko, do you want to go to the antiwar protest tomorrow? Liko (mouth full): What’s an antiwar? Me: In an antiwar protest, people get together and they ask war to stop. (He swallows) Liko: Why? Me: Remember what we talked about yesterday? War is really terrible. Mommies and daddies and little kids like you get hurt really bad, sometimes they get killed. Liko: Where is the war? Me: Tomorrow we are going to protest the war in Iraq. Liko:... read more

Twelfth Way for Dads to Change the World: Take the kids to a march for marriage equality…or better yet, to a queer wedding

By Jeremy Adam Smith We live in San Francisco on the border between Noe Valley and the Castro, a mad scientist’s laboratory of new family forms, whose representative on the city’s Board of Supervisors is a gay man who co-parents a biological child with his lesbian best friend. Gay and lesbian families are a daily reality in the place where I live—in particular, they are very much a part of my family's daily life, my son’s life. Locally, Noe Valley is jokingly referred to as “Stroller Valley,” because of the on-the street visibility of families with young children.... read more

The worst thing in the world

Commentary from William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs: When families feel the pressure of a slowing economy on their shoulders, children suffer. Historically, when the economy shifts downward, there has been a corresponding increase in child abuse and neglect. Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, reports an eight to 10 percent increase in calls to child abuse hotlines since July. Researchers have indicated that there appears to be a link between the health of our economy,... read more

Good things

You might have heard about this: A group of San Francisco first-graders took an unusual field trip to City Hall on Friday to toss rose petals on their just-married lesbian teacher - putting the public school children at the center of a fierce election battle over the fate of same-sex marriage. The 18 Creative Arts Charter School students took a Muni bus and walked a block at noon to toss rose petals and blow bubbles on their just-married teacher Erin Carder and her wife Kerri McCoy, giggling and squealing as they mobbed their teacher with hugs. Mayor Gavin... read more

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