Planning for… being present

A few weeks ago, I shared, along with some of my anxieties, that I’d made a choice to focus on those things that I CAN do in the face of uncertainty. Since then I’ve had some surprising conversations with friends and family about my post and realized that more people struggle with that than I … Continue reading Planning for… being present

Planning for… intentional conversation

I had a whole series of posts planned for July on preparing for school... but I couldn't even begin to write and edit them when I simply had no idea what school was actually going to look like. In our home we’ve opted for the full-time virtual kindergarten option, which still sounds like a ludicrous … Continue reading Planning for… intentional conversation

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Boy Toy’

A couple weeks ago I shared my opinions on gendered toys and play, especially as they impact little girls. Today I thought I would balance that discussion with my thoughts on the ways in which gendered construction of boyhood is fostered through stereotypic toys and pretend play. Like girls, boys can be subjected to artificial … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Boy Toy’

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Girl Toy’

We recently attended the end-of-year program for Tiny's preschool. The 'graduating' PreK4 classes had a cute little - and blessedly short - graduation presentation near the end during which each child was asked what they wanted to be when they grow up. I was so disheartened to hear when all but one boy said something … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Girl Toy’