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4 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

Meanies and Mamas

Last year, my son came home from sixth grade with a tale of some playground bullying. “And,” he said, his eyes widening, “it’s anti-bullying week!” It’s Bullying Awareness Month again, and I’ve been thinking a lot about Lisa Solod’s excellent feature we ran in 2006 on bullying and the role that parents play in it. Because those flashbacks happen, don’t they? One moment, you’re listening to your kiddo talk about what’s going down socially, and the next, you’re in your retainer and weird bangs, holding your lunch tray and wondering where to sit and whether... read more

Connection

Oh, Vero Beach, Florida: we meet again. My family and I are on our annual pilgrimage to see my in-laws. It’s a particular sort of vacation, one that gives you one type of freedom (kiddo with the grandparents while a do-not-disturb sign hangs on the hotel room door in the middle of the afternoon, if you catch my drift) while robbing you of another (dinner is at Grandma’s—you will have the Cornish game hen). My husband’s family has been coming to Vero Beach since 1918. My son Caleb is the sixth generation to come here. Which makes me connected to the... read more

Scholastic Agrees to Limit Corporate-Funded Teaching Materials

In response to pressure from tens of thousands of parents, educators and grassroots advocates, Scholastic Inc. has agreed to drastically limit its practice of partnering with corporations to produce sponsored teaching materials.  Scholastic’s announcement is the culmination of a three-month campaign led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The publisher had been under fire since May, when it was forced to stop distributing a biased curriculum called “The United States of Energy” that was paid for by the coal industry and distributed to... read more

We Are All Habiba

Habiba is a Morroccan immigrant mother in Madrid, Spain who sought shelter in the Minor and Family Institute (IMMF) after leaving an abusive family situation. On May 30, 2011, her 15 month old breastfeeding daughter, Alma, was taken from her on the basis that Habiba was providing inadequate, “chaotic,” and harmful care to her. The shelter’s report about Habiba specifically mentioned that she was -offering the breast any time and anywhere (breastfeeding on-cue), and refusing to wean and take medicine to dry up her milk when stipulated to do... read more

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