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Raising Gender-Expansive Children and Teens, A One-Day Parenting Workshop

Raising Gender-Expansive Children and Teens

A One-Day Parenting Workshop
December 7, 2019
9 am – 4 pm
Park Day School, Oakland

On December 7 in Oakland, Gender Spectrum will hold a one-day parenting workshop for anyone who has a child in their life that simply doesn’t fit into our society’s notions about gender. If you missed our summer Conference, this workshop is for you.

Please join us for a day of learning, conversation, and reflection about your child’s gender. Having walked thousands of parents and families through this journey, we can help you get a better understanding of what may be happening with your child, how to best respond, and what steps to take next. While there are no simple, one size fits all answers, there are strategies you can use as you navigate this path. Sliding scale admission is available but you must pre-register. We hope you can join us!

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Fairies Are for White Girls and Other Lies My Sister Told Me – Webinar

Fairies Are for White Girls and Other Lies My Sister Told Me
Fantasy fiction has always been about more than cool abilities and alternate universes. Whether the heroes are seemingly regular kids, mermaids, cyborgs, witches or what-have-you, the stories are often propelled by issues of power and justice, and they often empower readers to expect and imagine possibilities that upend conventions. But why then does a genre known for upending conventions still insist on making the vast majority of its heroes and main characters white? Whether we’re talking Harry Potter or Frozen, the lack of inclusion (and not just racial) in a form often structured as a challenge to a fictionalized status quo is striking.

Join us for a conversation with Marti Dumas and Zetta Elliott, two fantastic children’s book authors, about how inclusive fantasy fiction empowers all young readers. They argue that magic is ultimately about power, that ALL children need to know that they can make–and unmake–worlds, both real and imagined. Marti and Zetta will also read from their books, suggest inclusive fantasy fiction titles for the kids in your life, and take your questions.

Oct 22, 2019 08:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sleep and Tech

Screenagers reports that “Forty percent of teens say that most school nights they get less than seven hours of sleep and there’s a strong association between more screen time and less sleep. Since 2012, when the prevalence of teens owning smartphones started to increase, the number of hours teens sleep has steeply decreased.

Leslie Walker-Harding, pediatrician and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington  recently told me, “Sometimes a sleep-deprived teenager will appear just like they have anxiety, clinical anxiety or clinical depression and its sleep.”

Their Tech Talk Tuesday column explors how to get a conversation started with your kids and teens about good sleep

Ride Share Apps & Teens

Wondering about Uber & Lyft for your teens? So are the folks at Axis:Culture Translator who report “Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft aren’t supposed to pick up solo riders under the age of 18 because of liability issues. But according to reporting in Vox’s The Goods teens between the ages of 13 and 18 still make up a huge portion of revenue for these companies. While some rideshare drivers will ask for a rider’s age if they appear to be underage, most turn a blind eye for a variety of reasons. If your child is using these apps to get around, it’s better that you know about it so you can hedge the risk a bit. Have an open conversation about your own family rules for rideshare apps. If they are going to ride, do they have to be with a friend? Do they need to turn phone tracking on for the duration of the ride? Are they better off not using these apps at all, since kids need to tell a lie by omission to do so? Make the guidelines and your expectations clear.”

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