Guest Writer: Social Justice Mommy (SJM) is a regular blogger. When she is not writing for this blog, Heather Setka, is an editor and freelance writer and single mom raising a five year old daughter.
Where There's Smoke, There's Ire
Sometimes in my quest to raise the perfect socially conscious child, I fail. Read more »
my daughter stuffed her brand-new Pegasus figurine into her backpack
before school one morning, I knew it was a horrible mistake.
“Ajmal comes from a country where there’s a war, mommy.” Ajmal is a boy in my daughter’s class. Read more »
I picked my daughter up from her day home last week, and received news that I never EVER thought I’d hear out of ourbeloved babysitter’s mouth. “She kicked one of the dogs, today.”
I think I’ve really screwed up the whole stranger danger thing. Sure, my daughter and I have had many talks about safety and what to do if someone threatens her or tries to hurt her. These are frank discussions, and I’m pretty sure she gets it. Read more »
My daughter loves nature and science books. I’m a writer, so this perplexes me.
There is a vast world of children’s literature that I, as a reader, would much rather explore than learn about the mating habits of orcas, the many varieties of house cats or the unique properties of volcanic lava.
I volunteer at my daughter’s school. Sometimes when I’m sharpening pencils or making sock puppets, I wonder if this is really how I’m meant to change the world. Then I picture the mayhem of 30+ Kindergarteners trying to sharpen their pencils at once, and my work feels purposeful, meaningful. Call it the butterfly effect. Read more »