2018 Voices of the Year

10 Simple Changes Every Family Can Make to Reduce Environmental Impact – Foster Parents Article

3 minute read By Ashley Koch of Vibrantly Healthy Kids Today is Earth Day! It is a great moment to check in and consider the impact your family is having on the environment. Making changes starts with small steps and each of these, in time, can have great impact. What I hope families understand is that sometimes making changes likes this can feel uncomfortable and inconvenient, but in the end they are often worth the effort. Here are some ideas…

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5 Simple Steps to a Successful Family Meal Plan – Foster Parents Article

Malika with her son and daughter By Malika Yasmin If you follow me on Instagram you are familiar with my simple, fuss free, healthy recipes which my kiddos enjoy. What you may not know is that it wasn’t always that way. Once upon a time it was nuggets, chips, and if I was lucky, rice. Saying I had a picky eater would be an understatement. Early into my motherhood journey my son was diagnosed with Autism, and along with that…

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7 Ways Spirituality Raises Children to be World Changers – Foster Parents Article

By Ligia Cushman, MA If I’m being honest this is my favorite time of year. Easter Sunday is a fun time to dress up and celebrate our faith with our dear friends and family. This time of year reminds me that as parents we hold a position of influence, encouragement and counsel for our children. Entire books have been dedicated to children and faith. Books like, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side by Natahsa Crane pointing to the absolute necessity…

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Reluctant Entrepreneurship, by Everyday Eye Candy Founder, LaShawn Wiltz – Foster Parents Article

2018 Powerful Voices of the Year is a Sunday Series, featuring guest bloggers & parents covering some of the most important topics of our time; race, racism, religion, pregnancy and birth, grief and loss, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, immigration, nutrition, sustainability, climate change, transgender voices, transracial adoption, foster care, art, representation, and yoga for surviving through crisis. by LaShawn Wiltz, Everyday Eye Candy Some moments in life stand out as the moment when your realize you are at a crossroad andit’s time…

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Entrepreneurship and Postpartum, When Mom Learns to Say No – Foster Parents Article

by Brandi Riley, Mama Knows it AllThis year isn’t going the way I planned it.I had high expectations for goals being crushed and dreams being fulfilled. As a life coach, I help folks find and reach their why. The beginning of a new year is like March Madness for me. Every day it’s all vision planning and list making and setting intentions and whatnot. Not only did I work with my clients to set out their plans, but I did…

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A Foster Adoptive Mom’s Necessary Leap to Entrepreneurship – Foster Parents Article

Artist Mom with her favorite HoldFast 2 camera harness Clairvoyant is a French word combining clear + vision. That about sums up the place my mind and body arrived at while on a remote AirBnB winter birthday retreat 5 weeks ago. I sat down with myself, my big ideas, our family needs and my past and future goals, mapping out all things necessary on oversized post-it notes covering every wall space, talking to myself out loud, alone, for a full…

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Diversity Matters: Here’s Why – Foster Parents Article

by Charnaie GordonFrom the time I was a child, growing up in a homogeneous neighborhood in Connecticut, I was always intrigued by “the other.” I wanted to know more about the upper working-class, whose vibrant way of life I witnessed every week when parents dropped off their kids at school. In my neighborhood, grown-ups would be out on the sidewalk drinking beer, while kids were playing Double Dutch, “kick the can” or listening to radios on full blast.  In the…

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Black History is American History – Foster Parents Article

2018 Powerful Voices of the Year is a Sunday Series, featuring guest bloggers & parents covering some of the most important topics of our time; race, racism, religion, pregnancy and birth, grief and loss, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, immigration, nutrition, sustainability, climate change, transgender voices, transracial adoption, foster care, art, representation, and yoga for surviving through crisis.By Ligia CushmanI recently had a mother write to me. Being an adoption professional, I thought it was about her struggles with adoption. That was simply…

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Why Children Need Anti-bias Spaces, and How Parents Can Help Create Them – Foster Parents Article

2018 Powerful Voices of the Year is a Sunday Series, featuring guest bloggers & parents covering some of the most important topics of our time; race, racism, religion, pregnancy and birth, grief and loss, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, immigration, nutrition, sustainability, climate change, transgender voices, transracial adoption, foster care, art, representation, and yoga for surviving through crisis. By Saira SiddiquiWhen I was growing up, my family was one of the few non-white families in a small, affluent suburb in Ohio. The world was…

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5 Parenting Strategies for Raising Resilient Children During the Current Administration – Foster Parents Article

2018 Powerful Voices of the Year is a Sunday Series, featuring guest bloggers & parents covering some of the most important topics of our time; race, racism, religion, pregnancy and birth, grief and loss, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, immigration, nutrition, sustainability, climate change, transgender voices, transracial adoption, foster care, art, representation, and yoga for surviving through crisis. By Quiana Agbai, Harlem LovebirdsThe morning after election night 2016, my then six-year-old daughter asked who had won. When I told her, she broke down…

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