Travel Promotes Inclusion

As a child, my family prioritized diversity in many ways. My family attended church in a diverse city nearby so that I could access multiple perspectives and backgrounds, learning from those around me. When my grandmother told my mom she wanted me to go to private school, my mom reminded her of the immense benefits…

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The Doll Video That Went Viral

A few weeks ago, the video below¬†went viral on Facebook. A young girl, Emma, received a gift that would make her feel validated, appreciated. This doll was a reminder that there are others like her. This video is an immediate heartwarming reminder of some amazing work being done by organizations like A Step Ahead Prosthetics¬†and…

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How to Stop Cyber Bullying

The world teenagers live in is so different, in many ways, from the one we grew up in. The constant access to social media has caused an uptick in bullying– particularly cyber bullying. Kids are able to hide behind a keyboard or a screen, and in doing so, they are more likely to forget that…

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Why Every Child Should Go Camping At Least Once (But Preferably All the Time)

Sometimes, I worry that today’s kids are overly connected– staring at their phones, requiring constant entertainment, especially in the city. When I ask my students what they did during the weekend, their answers usually include the words “Netflix” and “Snapchat” more often than “biking” or “play.” Last week, I took my students (city kids growing…

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The Value in Truly Listening

Have you ever experienced that infuriating situation when you share that you are going through a hard time and your loved one responds with, “Well, look on the bright side…” or “At least…” On the receiving end of these comments, it feels as though someone is minimizing any experiences you have had and taking away…

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