Tag: diversity

6 Ways to Raise Inclusive Children

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I am the child of immigrant parents who wholeheartedly believed in the American dream. My parents came here for opportunities for themselves and their...

Growing up Muslim in a Catholic School

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We had no doubts we wanted our kids to go to St. Agatha Catholic School. A few blocks away from our house, we used...

Bullying Is Everyone’s Problem

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It happened. My son got in the car and said it, "the kids are mean to me." I could feel my insides burn with...

When We Don’t Celebrate Christmas

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Last December, my son came home with stories full of wonder about a man named Santa, how he’s coming to our house and bringing...

Being Different: A Mom’s Plea for Acceptance

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It was the day after the election and my son had decided to spend the night with grandma, so we took this as an...

Talking to Your Kids About Others with Physical Differences

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My youngest son, Oliver, was born without his right hand. We adopted him from China when he was ten months old, so he is...

You Don’t Have to be Weird to Live Here, But it...

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I recently had a conversation with a neighbor that reminded me of one of my favorite things about Portland; everyone here is a little...

Becoming a Frozen Family: Learning to Love Disney Princesses

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We recently acquired two new members of the household. They are sisters who wake me every morning with their Broadway vocals, doff their dresses...

What a Muslim Mom Fears

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"Fellow Muslim Portland friends, please be on high alert as threats have been made against our community in the Portland metro area. Stay vigilant...

Identity Crisis: Fitting in With Our Differences

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I'm in the Costco line getting groceries…. Random lady in line: "Where are you from?" Me: "Me? I’m from Beaverton." Random lady: "No, like where are you...