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Social & Emotional Development

How to Help Kids Dodge Cigarette, Vaping, and Pot Marketing and Stay Smoke-Free

April 27, 2018
Whether or not you smoke cigarettes or support legalizing marijuana, you probably don't want your kids lighting up. But the rise of e-cigs , vaporizers like the Juul , and decriminalized pot may make your standard anti-smoking arguments -- "it causes cancer," "it's illegal" -- feel a little shaky...
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Only the Truth Will Set Us Free

April 27, 2018
We want to tell the truth, because we believe in truth and reconciliation but we know that truth and reconciliation are sequential. We can’t get to where we’re trying to go if we don’t tell the truth first. --Bryan Stevenson On April 26 I was deeply honored to participate in the opening summit of...
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NC: Got PE? We want to know!

April 26, 2018
I don’t know about you, but I can tell when my kids haven’t had enough physical activity during the school day. It shows up in ways like bouncing off the walls because they have energy to burn, difficulty focusing because they haven’t moved enough, or being cranky or tired because they had to try...
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#5Actions of the Week: April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018
Happy Friday! We're back with our top #5Actions of the week, making it easy for you to quickly catch up on our most urgent campaigns. Today is the #NationalSchoolWalkOut, and students across the country are speaking out about the need for gun safety. Please join us in sending them a note of...
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Remembering Dr. King

April 4, 2018
I first heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in person on April 19, 1960 at Spelman College’s Sisters Chapel during my senior year in college. Dr. King was just 31 but he had already gained a national reputation during the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott five years earlier. The profound impact...
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Movies Have the Power to Change Us

March 30, 2018
Not even one month has passed since Academy Awards were handed out for films like "Get Out" (Best Original Screenplay), "A Fantasic Woman" (Best Foreign Film), and "The Silent Child" (Best Live-Action Short). Each one of these films, and many of the other nominees, are showing Hollywood that...
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Speaking to your Children about School Shootings

March 27, 2018
I have lost track of how many times I have cried and simultaneously been inspired due to the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL. The school is close to home. I live in Miami. That morning I knew that many parents would be reaching out to me wondering how to best help...
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5 Ways Social Media Can Be a Force For Good in the Lives of Kids and Teens

March 15, 2018
From sexting to cyberbullying to FOMO , social media sure has its share of negatives. But, if it's all bad, how did 2,000 students protest their school system's budget cuts ? How are teens leading the charge against cyberbullying? How did they organize a national school walkout day to protest gun...
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5 Things to Know About Handing Over Your Heart and Pre-K Drop-Offs!

March 12, 2018
A first time drop off to childcare or pre-k can be rough for everyone involved, from kids and parents, to caregivers and educators. Last month, we sat down with Lina Acosta Sandaal, mom and Stop Parenting Alone early childhood mental health specialist , to talk about why this is a struggle, how...
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A 50 Year Plea Persists

March 2, 2018
“In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, white...
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