Wednesday's Child: Janorion

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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I'm concerned about the male models at H&M

This morning I was shopping for shirts for my tween son on H&M's website. As I scrolled through various options of gray t-shirts, I was struck by the forlorn expressions on all of the model's faces.

You guys. I'm really worried about their male models. Why do they look so sad? Is it the knowledge of that these shirts will shrink after the wash? Are they thinking about the election results? Was the photographer playing The Smiths during the photo shoot? Are they unable to connect to wifi?

Do they need a sandwich? A hug?

I'm concerned.

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Movies you can stream today about Martin Luther King Jr.

If you are looking for a way to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with your kids, a movie is a great way to start. I know that race conversations can feel daunting, but a movie is an easy entry to a deeper conversation. Here are some great conversation-starting movies that are available to watch:

Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, this movie tells the story of a brave 10-year-old African-American girl whose imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. This movie touches on the national events that happened during the civil rights movement in a story appropriate for younger kids.

Martin's Big Words

Martins Big Words is a video read- aloud of the popular children's book. It is rich with pictures and not too long, perfect for younger kids. It specifically honors the work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Friend Martin

This full-length animated movie is a bit dated, but it is a great story about a boy who travels back in time to when Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, and witnesses several historic moments. It is a great way to introduce younger kids to the events of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life.

Ruby Bridges

This Disney movie tells the true story of Ruby Bridges, the African-American girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. At age 6, she was the only girl to come to an all-white school where she faced a mob of angry white people every day. Her strength and determination in the face of over it racism is an inspirational story of a little girl breaking down racial barriers. 

Ages 8-12

The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a fictional movie in which an African American family takes a road trip to Birmingham amidst the civil rights struggle. The movie weaves in historical events, such as the bombing of a Birmingham church. There are many depictions of racism and discrimination, which could be a good conversation starter about the civil rights movement.

This is another Disney film aimed at kids, telling the story of a young school girl who is inspired by Dr. King, and how she and a white friend get involved in the movement. 


Sure, it's a sappy feel-good musical, but it also has a storyline of civil rights as a popular dance show attempts to integrate. There is a beautiful song in the show with a montage of moments of the civil rights movement, and fighting prejudice is a recurring theme in the movie.

Ages 12 and over

If your kids are older, this is definitely the movie to watch about Martin Luther King Jr. It follows the events leading up to his civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. It provides historical context for all of Dr. Kings work, but specifically on his work towards desegregation in the south. There is some cursing in the movie, and the use of the N-word, and some racially motivated violence.

Remember the titans tells the true story of a newly integrated high school football team in Virginia in the 1970s. The movie explores the racial tensions between African-Americans and white people as the town copes with the end of segregation. The movie depicts instances of racism in the town, such as segregation in restaurants and racial slurs between peers. It is an inspirational story with positive role models of both races.

42 is a historical drama about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. It is not focused on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., however it provides a good bit of context for children to understanding the importance of the civil rights movement. This movie has some cursing and the use of racial slurs, but it offers some good lessons on the prevalence of racism in our country at that time.

Any other movies that you know about that I've missed? If so, link them up in the comments!

Photo Jan 19, 9 29 15 AM

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That's What SHE Said: a girls youth organization inspired by the Black Pathers, the nasty truth about what's living in your hotel room, the racial bias in drug abuse, putting a dozen kids through college, and more

Here are some things I read this week that made me think.  (These are just snippets - click on the title to read the whole thing.)

Berets, badges, Black Lives Matter and social justice: the youth group for activist girls of colour from The Guardian

"Dressed in berets and uniforms, the Radical Monarchs show us the neighbourhood where the Black Panther movement was born and meet veterans of the struggle against racism. The group was started by parents concerned that their daughters were being denied access to a fuller understanding of the issues affecting mostly black and Latino communities. The group, open to girls aged between eight and 12, aims to provide the same fun as other girl groups, while also building their pride in being young girls of colour and teaching respect for everyone else."

I’m Raising Them to Leave Me from Christen at ForEveryMom

"Then it hit me…
teachers are not given the freedom to teach these days,
their hands are often tied, and parents are constantly breathing down their necks.

We need to get out of the way and let teachers teach."

Invert. Always Invert! from Mr. TFR with 10! Ten Factorial Rocks

"Inversion doesn’t work everywhere, especially if the original question has only one or very few correct answers whereas the inverted question has many possible answers, which by process of tedious elimination, you finally arrive at the one answer which you would’ve easily got to by answering the original question. It also doesn’t work well in some “why” questions where the correct answer is an undisputed scientific fact. However, in many social, economic or managerial problems that have many interacting variables, inversion can be a very helpful tool to help us make the right decisions."

Infographic: The Dirtiest Surfaces in Hotel Rooms by Jake at Mental_Floss

The next time you’re traveling, you may want to try and avoid some of these germ-ridden hot spots. (Disclaimer: Hypochondriacs probably shouldn’t read any further.)

Hotel Hygiene Exposed Infographic
For a more detailed report of the study's findings, click here to read the full article.

10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be from Tim at Thought Catalog

"I have a bad habit of fast forwarding everything to its worst possible outcome and being pleasantly surprised when the result is marginally better than utter disaster or jail time. My mind unnecessarily wrestles with events that aren’t even remotely likely. My sore throat is cancer. My lost driver’s license fell into the hands of an al-Qaeda operative who will wipe out my savings account.

Negativity only breeds more negativity. It is a happiness riptide. It will carry you away from shore and if you don’t swim away from it, will pull you under."

The Media Treats White Drugs Users Like Angels Who Lost Their Way and Treats Black Drug Users Like Demons Who Must Be Returned to Hell by Son of Baldwin via Medium

"It’s like a scene out of a zombie movie, a horrible scene,’ said Brian Arthur, 38, who watched three people collapse as he made his way to work in the morning and began live-streaming the episode on Facebook. ‘This drug truly paralyzed people.’”

But when discussing any drug issue in white communities, care and empathy for white people are the driving forces.

You can almost hear the violins playing as they write about white drug users as though they are protagonists in some romance novel. White people are always afforded their humanity."

How I made sure all 12 of my kids could pay for college themselves from Francis Thompson via Quartz

"My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 1/2 years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22. I have always had a very prosperous job and enough money to give my kids almost anything. But my wife and I decided not to.....

Here’s what we did right (we got plenty wrong, too, but that’s another list)."

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Friday Finds: Side Tables

1. Gala Side Table | Urban Outfitters 
2. Porter Mid Century Modern Side Table | Target 
3. Sofia End Table | Wayfair 
4. Maisie Side Tables | West Elm 
5. Darley End Table - Threshold™ | Target 
6. Wyndenhall Hawkins End Side Table | Overstock
7. Lacquered Regency Nesting Tables | Anthropologie 
8. Chester End Table Gold Metal Hexagon - Threshold™ | Target 
9. Wayfair | Neptune 1 Drawer End Table

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