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Home Shenanigans December Resource Roundup

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December Actions, Recommended Books & Guided Discussions for Kyriarchy-Smashing Families

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You, my friends, are a gift.

As we wrap up this year, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the hard work you’ve done this year raising kind and courageous kiddos.

For those of you muddling through each day wearing the same pajamas you put on back in March 2020, I hope you’ve not just found ways to survive this pandemic, but carved out new paths to courage and kindness.

Beyond just survival – I’m hoping you’ll find pockets of genuine joy. I’m grateful for you, your insight, and our community as a place where we’re all learning how wonderful all of our traditions are. Our friendship is a gift.

No matter what, you are worthy and deserving of safety, healthcare, and self-agency. This coming year, we will fight to ensure that.

For today, though, I’m taking a minute to think about what a gift it is to have this community – where we can be together from around the world.

You’re great. Your voice is a gift that matters, and I’m grateful you’ve chosen to lend it here.

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Parenting is Praxis: December Edition

These are resource roundups are getting long and unwieldy – but no worries, I have a plan to chunk these into bite-sized Family Action Toolkits in 2023. For now, however, bear with me as this roundup balloons into a long obstacle course of resources to consume, reflect on, and transform into action.

Pick one topic, pick ’em all, it doesn’t matter – we’ll meet our kids where they’re at and explore the topics they are interested. Sooner or later, you’ll see an opportunity to introduce the topics below as they become relevant to your family’s expanding interests.

As always, no one expects you to tackle everything below. Just keep it on your radar, and keep asking your kids, and yourself – how can we be more generous with each other?

What do we have to offer in our community? What do we find joy in giving freely?

Below, find reading guides, family conversation starters, and more support discussing:

Need help explaining big ideas? Check out our Luminary Wordbank, where we’ve got simple kid-friendly definitions for big concepts.

As always, I super-duper appreciate you, your tenacious curiosity, and your push for inclusion and justice <3

 

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Significant Dates & Events in December

Let’s learn about Mutual Aid through the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Pies from nowhereDuring the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Black residents of Montgomery and surrounding towns refused to ride buses for over a year.

Obviously this created immense hardship and obstacles – how would everyone get to work? Get groceries? Do daily life?

For folks who already didn’t have access to private transportation, Montgomery activists created a network of mutual aid. This involved volunteers who provided carpools and rideshares. Taxi drivers who broke anti-boycott law and charged much lower rates competitive with bus fees. Shoe donations to replace tattered footwear from miles of walking. And bakers like Georgia Gilmore, who fed tied and hungry activists.

When was it?

  • The formal boycott started December 5, 1955 and ended December 20, 1956

Read:

Discuss:

  • Why is helping each other called mutual aid? What do these words mean?
  • What social justice initiatives are happening in our town right now?
  • How can we help, either directly as advocates, or indirectly in supporting advocates?
  • How does helping others in our community make this a safer, happier place for us?
  • Even though we’re not getting anything in return, how do acts of radical generosity make us happier?

Take Action

  • Together with the kiddos, search for local mutual aid organizations in your city
  • Identify 5 types of aid they solicit for and provide
  • Identify one skill we have – housekeeping, crafts, careers, interests, and hobbies, that could be used for mutual aid.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 

 


Let’s Learn about Latina Equal Pay Day

my name is celia Dolores Huertatia isa wants a car

“Indeed, given that this is the last “Equal Pay Day” observance of the year, Latinas must typically work longer than … everyone. This disparity hurts not only Latinas, but also the families and communities they support.” #LatinaEqualPay Day

When is it?

  • 2021: October 21st
  • 2022: December 8 (notice that this is much WORSE)

Read:

Discuss:

The United States was built on a foundation of entitlement to cheap labor and fossil fuels. Our government has manipulated and occupied other countries to sustain this greed. How has the consumption of US citizens and corporations impacted people from what is currently called Central and South America?

  • What’s the difference between open borders and closed borders?
  • What is circular migration and why have people living in very hot, cold, or desert climates used seasonal migration to survive since the beginning of humanity?
  • How do closed borders inspire people who live in stable climates to look down on migration and criminalize undocumented migrants?
  • What impact has climate change had on people living in what is currently called the Central and South Americas?
  • What is xenophobia and Latino Threat? How do employers take advantage of this stigma to extract free and cheap labor from Latina workers in the US?
  • What unpaid or uncompensated social and emotional labor are Latinas & Latinx expected take on that white women and Latino men are not?
  • What ideas about Latinx people are we clinging to, that we inherited from the stories around us? Which do we need to let go of to acknowledge that the Latinx identity is an integral foundation of our society?

Actions:

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


Let’s Learn How the Winter Solstice Connects Us

Learning about traditional stories, faith traditions, and world festivals surrounding light and the scarcity of it during the solstice, kids get a sense of our shared humanity across cultural divides.

The solstice is a poignant time to explore world faiths and religions, particularly because most faith practices have at least one celebration of light, particularly in the winter when the sun and the moon are the only changing thing in a frosty landscape.

Understanding our shared values, our common needs, aspirations, and ancestors inspires kids to be more generous, more compassionate, and more curious about how to connect with people we might otherwise feel have nothing in common with us.

 

Raven brings the light sun bread

When is it?

  • Around December 21 or 22 in the Northern hemisphere
  • Around June 20 or 21 in the Southern hemisphere

Read:

Discuss

  • Choose one set of the family guided discussion questions in our post about How We Are All Connected – Interfaith Kids Books for the Winter Solstice, especially the one about appreciating our resources more when they’re scarce 😉
  • Are there any winter holiday traditions we’re participating in that no longer align with our values?
    (Example: gross holiday consumerism supporting evil corporations, trampling retail workers.)

Take Action

  • Identify one change we can make to our family winter holiday observances that reaffirms a family value.
  • Identify one winter holiday we don’t celebrate, that we can learn more about.

More Resources to Dig Deeper

 


Let’s Learn About Hanukkah

Oskar and the eight blessings simon and the bear

 

Hanukkah is not as big of a deal as Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, but it feels weird to leave this holiday out (especially since we’re celebrating frivolous stuff like Danny DeVito Day). Also there are so many children’s books about Hanukkah. But more importantly – seeing how, why, and the meaning behind these observances help us understand the shared values and practices we have in common with our Jewish friends and family.

The only spectacular Hanukkah books I can find feature white Jewish characters, including Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas (a multiracial South Asian non-Jewish parent paired with a white Jewish parent). Add your favorite book suggestions below if you know good suggestions to de-whitewash Hanukkah.

When is it?

  • The 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, continuing for eight days and nights. Usually falls on November or December.

Read:

Take Action

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


 

Let’s reveal & reject all the shitty parts of Christmas-season consumerism & sexism

Every year, I’m like:

“YEAH! This is the year we’re gonna DO CHRISTMAS TO THE MAX! I’m gonna create so much friggin’ warm and joyous memories, the Earthquakes will be hardcore resilient for the rest of their lives!”

“THIS IS THE YEAR we will start sustainable family traditions. THIS IS THE YEAR I’m gonna start sending Christmas cards and deepen friendships! THIS IS THE YEAR we’re gonna PUMP UP THE GENEROSITY and schmaltz it up to 11!”

And then I pull together some shitty DIY cookies or whatever, run out of steam, and do a big online order of plastic garbage because I’m too tired to Christmas any farther.

But what I’ve figured out after trying to do a decade of CHRISTMAS TO THE MAX!!!!**, is that the less I scramble to keep up with ‘mom’ responsibilities for the holiday, the more fun we all have.

So over in Bumblebee Hollow, this upcoming Christmas will focus on our basic staples: thoughtful giving, receiving with appreciation, and keeping our heads above the snow.

 

Tree of Cranesthe tomtes' christmas porridgethe king of too many things

Little sid the better tree fort the table where rich people sit

When is it?

  • 25th of December

Read:

Discuss: Invisible Labor & The Tomtes’ Christmas Porridge

The English translation of The Tomtes’ Christmas Porridge is a bit jarring, referencing the man of the house as ‘master’ – which has some nasty connotations in American English (re: slavery). Discuss with your kids!

Beyond that – this story creates an opportunity to talk about emotional and invisible labor. Specifically – how the mother tomte has to run herself ragged to protect her husband’s fragile ego.

The story also reinforces a gender binary and implies ridiculous magic powers that come as a part of pooping out a baby, suggesting  female tomtes have foresight magic that men lack. But with the right spin, we were able to discuss how this ‘like all mother tomtes’ situation reflects a cultural tendency to dump all of the invisible labor of orchestrating holidays on women – on mothers in particular – and how this ‘ability’ could be a skill developed by demand and survival in a sexist world, rather than biology.

  • What does the porridge symbolize? (Recognition, appreciation, respect, reciprocity)
  • Why is it important to Papa that we recognize his hard work?
  • Who else in the Tomte family works hard?
  • Who does NOT get recognition for their hard work?
  • Why is it that only mother tomtes have the job of knowing what is important and urgent?
  • Do women have a natural biological ability to pay more attention? Or are they nurtured and raised to pay attention?
  • How does it feel when your hard work goes unrecognized and unappreciated?
  • Why did Papa throw a fit & hold a grudge when he didn’t feel appreciated?
  • Who did Papa take out his hurt on?
  • How did Papa’s reaction force Mama to work harder to protect his feelings next time?
  • Whose responsibility is it to manage our behavior when we are upset?
  • Why do we assume men are too weak and fragile to work without recognition?
  • What ‘invisible’ work is each member of our family expected to do? What are the consequences to them if they don’t keep up?

Resources to create a better Christmas:

**No judgement if you still love to do CHRISTMAS TO THE MAX!!!!! It’s not my thing, but if it brings you joy, BRING ALL THE CHRISTMAS.

Unless your family has reached a state of enlightenment or you’ve managed to extricate yourself from a community saturated in capitalism and reciprocity, you’re probably going to have to participate in the whole gift-giving ordeal just to lubricate your social life for the next 12 months. So here we go, our old comprehensive list of gifts:  The Books For Littles Gift guide.

 



 

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Let’s learn about Kwanzaa

There are plenty of dry, didactic books explaining Kwanzaa for new folks – but where are the stories for second- and third-generation families who are well past the need for a primer?

Here are our three favorites – but there’s still plenty of room for authors to create new stories and adventures based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

li'l rabbit's kwanzaaSeven spools of thread

 

When is it?

  • December 26 through January 1

Read:

Discuss as a family:

  • Umoja (unity): In a society that divides people to make them easier to control and oppress, what are the benefits coming together and affirming a larger sense of ‘us‘?
  • Kujichagulia (self-determination): Given our country’s history of enslavement, segregation, and mass incarceration, why is the ability to self-identify and choose their path so important to Black people living in the US?
  • Ujima (collective work and responsibility): Why is it important for us to recognize our responsibilities in working together for shared safety and freedom?
  • Ujamaa (cooperative economics): Why is it important for us to consider where, and with whom, we spend our money and distribute our wealth?
  • Nia (purpose): How can we adjust our individual goals to support our wider community?
  • Kuumba (creativity): Why should we strive to leave the world better than we found it? Why is it important to take time to create and appreciate beauty and joy even while we struggle?
  • Imani (faith): Why is it important for us to work toward a goal that seems out of reach – that we may never see or achieve in our own lifetime?
  • How are the rituals and principles of Kwanzaa similar to the ones in our other ancestral and cultural holidays?

Action:

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

 


Let’s learn about the Gregorian New Year

Since we celebrate the Lunar New Year, we don’t make a big deal out of the Gregorian one.

But if you’re looking for some books to ring in the new year, or enjoy learning a few traditions beyond staying up too late and smooching strangers (this pandemic ruins everything!!!), here are a few sweet stories.

 

A Song of frutas Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas Greet the Dawn the lakota way

When is it?

  • Gregorian New Year happens on January 1, although it seems like New Year’s Eve on 12/31 is the actual Big Deal date.

Read:

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


Let’s support each other!

There’s been a lot of LIFE happening and I’ve been so burnt out and overwhelmed. The weekly Luminary Braintrust updates are nice reminders that even if I can’t move from my couch right now, I can still stay engaged and connected to other parents with the same goal of kinder, more fair world.

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Monthly Explorations for December


Let’s explore radical generosity

When we demonstrate radical generosity with our kids, we give without an expectation of getting anything back in return. Reciprocation is a healthy part of interdependence, but without rampant radical generosity, we just live in a transactional world of cold capitalism and a widening wealth gap.

Radical generosity is not setting ourselves on fire to keep others warm. It’s not violating our own boundaries, becoming a martyr, or silently suffering.

Radical generosity requires strong, resilient, transparent boundaries. As the Tomte in The Tomten and the Fox says to the starving fox he’s chosen to care for: ‘No eating hens!’ We’re allowed to choose who we support, what that support looks like, and under what circumstances we’re willing to do so. Being generous doesn’t mean being a doormat.

Radical generosity does not mean throwing gifts at everyone we know, just for the sake of giving. It’s not showing up to every invitation. Radical generosity means listening to what people really need, understanding how supporting them benefits our wider community – and then asking ourselves if we’re willing, and able to help them get there.

Sometimes that sounds like a thoughtful, conditional ‘Yes. I will do that for you, with the conditions...’ Sometimes that looks like a compassionate, honest, “Thank you for the opportunity to help, but no, I can’t.” without apology, and without feeling the need to justify our ‘no,’

 

Extra Yarn the tomten and the fox No water no bread

Read:

Discuss:

  • When have we felt happy to give?
  • What do we find is easy to give? Acts of service? Gifts or donations? Our time, attention, or care?
  • When have we felt obligated to give? How did it make us feel?
  • When do we feel uncomfortable saying ‘no’? How can we role-play and practice our ‘no‘?
  • How do we show appreciation for what we received?
  • Have we ever felt the urge to ‘get even‘ with a return gift after receiving a kindness? Did it feel like healthy appreciation, or a competition to show off?

More resources to dig deeper:

 


Let’s learn about vaccinations and herd immunity

We got the Earthquakes vaccinated for both the flu and Covid, and oh my gosh, such sweet relief. If your kids are able and it’s accessible for your family, be a hero and get a shot. Herd immunity helps keep our most vulnerable community members safe.

For those of you who can’t be vaccinated due to having younger kids or health limitations, holding space for you, and I recognize this pandemic isn’t over, and it’s still up to us to wear masks and avoid crowds and foolish behavior. You deserve to be safe and it’s our responsibility as potential vectors to ensure that.

For those of you with kids who aren’t familiar with vaccines, who have vaccine-hesitant family who don’t understand the science – or how herd immunity works, – or don’t understand how it’s not only about you, or you can’t catch my autism through medicine (!!!), here are a few books to help.

They’re also helpful for kids who are less-than-wild about getting poked by sharp things, who are kind and brave, but still have some anxiety.

Stay save, spread hope, not germs!

baby medical school vaccines Judah Maccabee goes to the doctor thank you, dr. salk!

Read:

Discuss

  • What is the difference between actual illness and symptoms and side-effects of a vaccine response?
  • Why do we get vaccines even though we’re not currently sick?
  • Some parents refuse to vaccinate their children because they are afraid. What are they afraid of?
  • What is the anti-vaxx movement? What assumptions does this movement make about our responsibility to keep others safe?

Take action

  • Book a covid vaccination for your child or yourself
  • Help someone who faces barriers getting vaccinated, for example:
    • Overwhelmed parents who might not have time to spare booking a vaccination (this is a surprisingly big hurdle).
    • Families who need transportation but are uncomfortable with public transportation and ride-shares due to exposure risk.
    • Families who have transportation, but can’t take time off (work, school, getting dinner on the table, caring for younger children or elders, etc.) for vaccinations.
    • Vaccine-hesitant families who need someone to take them seriously in a conversation. Be the person who can just listen to their concerns without trying to convince them or bend to your will. Affirming that their fears are a sign they want to do best for their kids, and asking what information they need and for how they want to move forward – is a great way to support families and open minds.

Resources to dig deeper:

[Video description: R2 explains for other kids what to expect from the first covid vaccination Captions available.]

 


Let’s Rally through the Winter Season with Trickster & Animal Stories

In celebration of the long-term thinking required of radical generosity, let’s read some cathartic stories of animals acting selfishly and impulsively, before finally learning the benefits of working together.

 

Spirits of America - Lisle, Andromeda

 

rabbit's snow dancethe origin of day and night Raven and the loon

Read

Watch

Discuss

  • How does this story show us what personal and community qualities the storyteller values?
  • Why do we still tell this story?
  • How would this lesson apply to a real-life decision we’ve faced before?
  • To be satisfied and happy with the process, what expectations and hopes do we have to let go of when we help someone else?

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:


Let’s Explore World Faith & Religion

Respecting and supporting the religious and cultural practices of others doesn’t threaten our faith, it’s just makes it stronger.

As an athiest-agnostic family, our kids have a healthy appreciation and respect for folks of faith. With these stories, we see how the foundation of our values are rooted in the same humane principles of justice, love, and interdependence.

 

Winter candle My grandma and me yaffa and fatima

holy troublemakers and unconventional saitsFinding OmA Lion's Mane

Read:

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

*Disclosure and transparency! Daneen A. (author of Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints), Sailaja J. founder of Mango & Marigold Press (Finding Om), Navjot K., founder of Saffron Press (A Lion’s Mane), and Cindy Wang Brandt of Parenting Forward are friends of mine, and some have sent me free review copies of their books.

 

 



December Family Actions:

 

Kids: Learn the third ‘D’ of Bystander Intervention: DELEGATE

“In our 5Ds for Kids animated videos for ages 3 to 10, they teach them how to respond constructively to bullying and racism. These videos are a great tool to help your children understand this problem and take action. Using catchy music and lyrics, the videos adapt Right To Be‘s 5Ds methodology (Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct) to other concrete and empowering intervention strategies.”

via Right To Be, the AAJC & Woori Show. Click here for the full series.


Grownups: Register for Free 1-Hour Bystander Intervention Training via Right To Be

 


Help Iranians in Iran

The Iranian government is killing the Iranian people – targeting women and children, specifically.

What Iranians are asking for the most is help spreading awareness on social media and pressuring major news outlets to cover the atrocities.

Learn more about how to signal-boost the women- & youth-led Iranian resistance against the police state killing children and murdering political prisoners.

Have 15 seconds?

Text SIGN PZLFVW to 50409 or share this quick petition & script for calling Congress on Resistbot

Have 3 minutes?

Learn How To Be Their Voice

Have 5 minutes?

Share a public post on social media signal boosting an Iranian creator speaking out, using the hashtags #MahsaAmini | – #JinaAmini | #ZhinaAmini | #IranProtests |#Iran

 


Kids Kindness as Action: Support Under-Served Youth

Donate – Today’s act of kindness is a pretty standard one, but still valuable!

 

Find a local to you organization and make a donation. It can be $5 or $50, whatever you are able to give. Try to find either an organization that’s new to you, a cause you aren’t familiar with but strikes a cord, or an organization that specifically caters to serving kids in a way that’s meaningful to you.

 

Give thoughtfully and discuss with your kids where you’re donating and why.Ask kids if they want to donate, too!

"Kindness as an action. 25 ways to make an impact. Give / Look for a nonprofit that supports underserved youth. donate what you can." Via RevolutionaryHumans.com]
 

Shared with permission in cahoots with Revolutionary Humans!

> Support Bellamy’s work here. <

 

Looking for an organization to support?

Project Nia works to end the incarceration of children and young adults by promoting restorative and transformative justice practices.

Led by Black women & femmes, Project Nia maintains a list of educational resources, programs, and tool kits, such as this video for kids on what it really means to ‘Defund The Police.’

In 2021, I redirected over 12% of my patreon contributions to organizations like this.

Join me and donate $15 to Project Nia.

 

 


 

Grownups: Join When We Gather’s Stories That Save Us

“Stories shape our world in big and small ways and, in our hardest moments, can give us hope for the future. Whether you are a natural storyteller, writer, or artist, or not, I hope you’ll join us for this exciting and inspiring exploration of stories and the revolutionary humans who tell them.”

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Register for Jan. 15, 2023 here.

Register for Feb. 4, 2023 here.

Learn more about Stories That Save Us

Psssst: I’ll be one of the guest hosts, focusing on my decades of work exploring single motherhood in the Invisible Obstacles Series along with how I processed childhood trauma, navigated seven years of infertility and pregnancy loss, and learned how to parent an Autistic kiddo as an Autistic parent through my work as a documentary photographer. – Ashia 😉


Quick & Easy 5-Second Actions

Thanks to our Action Sleuth, Shannon B. S. for these quick & easy calls to action saving us all time & mental bandwidth!

  • Sign this petition to tell Congress that we must act before the end of 2022 to protect DACA recipients. Via Moms Rising. 
  • Submit a template thank-you letter to Congress for investing in electric school buses. Via Moms Clean Air Force.
  • Amplify & share this awareness campaign to close the nature equity gap for targeted kids. Via Sierra Club & AddUp

 


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Good Finds for December

Our Good Finds collections are now sorted by reader age!

You can keep track of great new finds as we add them to the in-progress best books of  2022, as well as books that made us laugh and our Winter Favorites.

 

One more good thing…

So in those merciful moments when the Earthquakes aren’t screaming at each other and I’m not negotiating with them to pick up their damn socks, they have pockets of weird awesomeness, like this:

[Video description: R2, our resident pescatarian and chicken-rights advocate, slowly chicken-walking across the kitchen, singing “buck-a, buck-a chicken, buck buu-uck” on repeat. He did this several times a day, every day, for over a month. We still don’t know why.]

 

 


 

Stay Curious, Stand Brave & Smash The Kyriarchy

In case you didn’t catch it – THANK YOU! I appreciate the heck out of you, being here, doing the work you’re doing in the world, igniting that next generation of luminaries. ​​I like you!

Gosh you worked hard this year. Good job.

With you,

Ashia R.


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  • What initiatives are you working on this December?
  • What challenges are you facing balancing parenting and activism?
  • How can we help each other raise kind & courageous leaders?

 

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jillianw November 26, 2022 - 8:35 PM
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Deborah Da Costa’s book Hanukkah Moon (probably out of print, I got a PJ Library paperback via Thriftbooks) is at least Sephardic, with a piñata and some Spanish words. But I share your frustration with the whiteness of Hanukkah books.

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