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How to Help Children on Long Car Trips or Plane Rides

December 18, 2018
I was sweating at the base of my spine thinking about the possibility that my two-year-old would wake up from her nap and I would have to tolerate all of the passengers staring and judging. This was my first trip alone on a flight with my daughter and my mind was whirling with multiple worst-case...
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Join the National Week of Action to Free Cyntoia Brown! #Clemency4Cyntoia

December 18, 2018
Because of your support we have been able to flood Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee's office with over 6000 calls a day in the past couple weeks. Lets keep this going! Together we are powerful and Together is how we will Free Cyntoia! Sign our petition HERE . National Call in to Demand #...
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A Unanimous Voice in Support of Students

December 18, 2018
On October 2, the Graham County School Board quietly joined all the other 114 local school districts in North Carolina by voting to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in the public schools. Thus, for the first time in the history of our state (as well as the colony before it), no students...
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Top #5Actions of the Past Week: December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018
Greetings! Today we remember everyone affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. We will never give up the fight to protect our communities from gun violence. We're also celebrating two wins in Congress, directly fueled by your incredibly parent power. First: the U.S. Congress approved a Farm Bill that...
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How Many Gifts to Give Young Children During the Holidays?

December 14, 2018
Every December at my center , parents ask me how to not spoil their children and how to manage the gift-giving frenzy of the holidays. The following are the answers to the most popular parent questions during the holiday: How many gifts should we give our kids? There is no magic number but if the...
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Education Buzzwords: A Rundown on Social & Emotional Learning

December 10, 2018
Although the concept has been around for some time, social emotional learning (SEL) has become the new buzzword in education circles, joining the ranks of other child and youth-centered keywords including trauma-informed teaching, restorative justice, and positive behavior intervention schools...
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Jazmine Headley may be free, but this broken system needs to be fixed.

December 12, 2018
Yesterday, The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council rallied in support of Jazmine Headley, the Brooklyn mom whose child was violently taken away from her at a Brooklyn HRA office. If you’re not familiar with the situation, the young mom had been waiting for hours at the HRA office, and...
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Nine Things to Buy with $5 Billion Instead of a Border Wall

December 12, 2018
On Thursday Congress passed a stopgap funding measure to keep parts of the federal government open until December 21, when Congress must pass another spending measure or again face a government shutdown. President Trump has said that he will veto any bill that doesn’t give him the $5 billion he has...
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