I have a box filled with favorite books read to my boys when they were quite young. Many of them have "dog-eared" pages, finger prints, little tears. Just touching them brings back innumerable memories of hours spent with each of them on my lap as I read these books.
At the end of the day, prejudice, bigotry and racism is taught by the adults in our lives. Children aren't born knowing to hate or misunderstand; it's fostered by parents, role models, and viewed situations.
Inspired by a school assignment, I wrote my daughter a story. A short, sweet, rhyming bedtime tale about dreams and adventure. It was our evening closure. Although she would have never remembered, or held me to it, I promised I would make that story into a book.
Alas, my bloodshot eyes remind me that not everyone is teachable. I've long since figured out a way to game the system -- and stay up notwithstanding the siren call of "goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
None of this misogyny rings true for a contemporary fourth-grade boy. Fourth-grade boys in 2013 know better. First-grade boys do. My own son knows that girls can do anything boys can do. It's not even a question.
We had been planning my October trip for months. Five days with my Bridget at the base of foothills woven with color. I couldn't wait to get there and begin our adventure. The first two days went according to plan. And then, on day three, it happened.
"I was two people. I was entertaining people in the living room and trying to find out the meaning of life in my bedroom. And kids don't get credit for having those thoughts and they do. They really do wonder about creation and so it was my way of relating to them on that level."
In practice, sexual orientation poses only one question, and it is both dull and blunt: What is the gender of the people whom you are sexually attracted to and with whom you want to have intimate relationships? This is my problem.
The books listed here will probably not appear in any seasonal displays at your local mega-mart, but they have not entirely disappeared either -- after two, after 10, after 17 years -- still shadows dancing across the darkest pagan night.
While the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress's TV show is far from family-friendly, her new children's book, It's About a Little Bird, is for the kiddos.
On beautiful autumn afternoons, when the sun is shining and the leaves are glowing with color, people crave gatherings like this--an excuse to connect with people, ideas, beauty.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Mimi Ausland who lived in Oregon who loved animals more than anything in the world. In fact, she loved animals SO much that she decided to start a website where people could help them with very little effort.
Talk to your kids about the stories you loved at their age and why. Describe the wonder you felt when you first read a favorite book and the worlds it opened for you.
Start acting as if you're already there by finding a place of trust within, a place where you know your dream is being brought to fruition. Live as if it's already happening, and the physical world just has to catch up.
So what do you do when your pre-adolescent daughter is curious about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but can't find any age-appropriate books on the topic? Well, if you're geek chic author Bryan Young, you write a book for her.
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