Does your son or daughter need a black pride tune-up?
amandla

JULY 29, 2015 By Lori Tharps The other day my 14-year-old son waffled on his identity. He has a black mother and a Spanish father so deciding what to call himself has always been a matter of debate. Black? Mixed? Blanish? I’ve kept that door open for my children. I’ve allowed them to call themselves […]

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When your heart cracks open
heart-cracks

JULY 28, 2015 By Courtenay Harris Bond I remember when I was pregnant with our twins, now 8, several years before our third child was even a possibility, and a friend told me that the extreme nausea and vomiting I had been suffering as a result of hormonal shifts — that the extended period of […]

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Are bikinis appropriate for little girls?
bikinis

JULY 22, 2015 By Jen Bradley Maybe you’ve seen some variation of this going around on social media. Want to have a bikini body? Here’s how: Step one: Have a body. Step two: Wear a bikini. Hooray for body acceptance!   Yet, as is the case with many feminized objects, it’s not quite that simple. […]

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A musical evening for all ages at Smith Playground
musical-smith

JULY 20, 2015 By Jeff Bogle Philly has played host to more than a few memorable music festivals over the years (remember Live Aid and that raucous Lollapalooza at the old JFK Stadium site?) but not many have taken special care to curate sounds suited for ears of all ages. WXPN’s Kids Corner, the crown […]

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What to do when your kid starts mouthing off
mouthing-off

JULY 15, 2015 By Tamar Chansky ou’ve seen this: other people’s kids are acting up, being “fresh” or “mouthy.” Their parents are pulled into a vortex of embarrassment and helplessness. Meanwhile you — safely perched on the sidelines — are watching an entirely different channel of reality TV. What you see is a child’s clear […]

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The road to suburbia: From Northwest Philly to Abington
suburbia

JULY 13, 2015 By Layney Wells My parents moved to Germantown in the mid-80s to get out of a neighborhood that at the time was very segregated. Raising their kids in a racially and economically diverse community was really important to them, so they bought a fixer-upper between the park and the police station. Growing […]

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My children are mourning
mourning

JULY 7, 2015 By Jen Bradley Given the horrific massacre in Charleston and the subsequent church burnings, my first and most visceral thoughts are for the individuals and families targeted in those acts of terrorism. My heart, mind and body are weary with grief, but I realize how shallow that sentiment sounds. Wrapped up in […]

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Cultivating a summer reader
summer-reader

JULY 2, 2015 By Lori Tharps When I was a child, my mother’s idea of an economical summer camp was to push me out the door after breakfast and wait for me to return before sunset. While other kids might have been intimidated by a day left unscheduled, I was only too happy to take […]

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