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Episode 156: How to Talk to Kids About Race with Amber Coleman-Mortley

Imagine a diverse community in which people embrace their commonalities while respecting and celebrating each others’ differences. This vision is possible once we can talk openly about race with our family and friends.

In Episode 156 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine interviews Amber Coleman-Mortley, Director of Social Engagement at iCivics, Inc., about how to talk about race with kids. In this engaging, practical conversation, Amber shares two helpful analogies that illuminate the concepts of privilege and cultural differences, demonstrates how to ask questions based in empathy and respect, and shares how simple it can be to nurture cross-cultural curiosity… the foundation of a more equitable school, neighborhood, and country.

Episode 155: Easy Pantry Dinners

What do you do when you find yourself rooting around the kitchen at 6pm with slim pickings in the fridge and zero cooking inspiration? In Episode 155 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine and I share our favorite meals that come together using ingredients from the pantry and freezer.

Episode 154: Redefining Femininity with Catherine Connors

In honor of International Women’s Day, we bring you a timely discussion about the evolving definition of femininity. In Episode 154 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Asha talks with author Catherine Connors about her new book (with co-author Amy Stanton), The Feminine Revolution.

What feeds us

I consider the Parent Hacks blog and the 10+-year community, conversation and book that came out of it to be my proudest achievement as a writer. The friendships that began here sustain me to this day.

But as my kids grew and my focus shifted, my day-to-day life evolved beyond that space. So did the conversational and info-gathering tools available to new parents. That’s not a bad or sad thing — it’s a reflection of Parent Hacks’s natural lifespan. I feel about that arc as I feel about my own kids’ growth. Kids are meant to outgrow their childhoods. That’s a joyful thing.

What I didn’t notice during this natural evolution was a creeping emptiness. I’m not talking about mourning the loss of parenting little kids (I am so much happier as the parent of teens). I’m talking about how, as I unconsciously shifted my online time to social media platforms, I began to feel more and more lonely.

Can Blogs Rebuild America?

Dear old-school bloggers,

Back in the early 2000s, we started blogs, and started talking to each other, and became friends. REAL friends. We had no idea our individual, independent contributions would link up to create a movement that revolutionized media, marketing, and the national conversation (in my case, about parenting, but on other topics, too).

Remember what the media landscape was like back then? Traditional publishing and media was closed to most, so very few people had access to an audience. We were part of changing that. It wasn’t “influence” or “personal branding” back then, it began as community.

Our voices and the gathering spaces they created changed our world. I think we’re in a moment when we can do that again.