Meet Rabbit and Bear Paws; Children’s Comic with Traditional Teachings

AWESOME series! Representation matters!

“Rabbit and Bear Paws, two brothers, are the main characters of a comic series set in 1750’s colonized North America. Using Traditional Native Teachings and humor, the stories are based on THE SEVEN FIRES PROPHECIES and THE SEVEN GRANDFATHERS. For those that don’t know The Seven Grandfather Teachings are: Courage, Wisdom, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Respect and Love.
“The characters will travel to different parts of the country, from coast to coast in new humorous adventures. In those adventures we will learn about the different cultures and the gifts that they contributed to modern society.”
The creators of the series also made puppets to go along with the comics. These puppets travel to pow wows, schools and other community gatherings to bring laughter and values to the kids.”

Check out more of the piece the powwows.com did on the series HERE
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nd also the Rabbit and Bear Paws site HERE

We Need To Talk About Women Who Regret Motherhood

Excellent piece to start conversation around motherhood and expectations, of womyn in particular.

“This is why speaking frankly about motherhood matters, and why support matters, because what any one woman cannot summon can be summoned by the village, if it exists. And what matters even more than that is giving women the resources to cope with whatever their experience is, and the space to sort through the complex feelings that accompany it, a way for a woman to be a mother and still human, still flawed, still something other than merely an endless vessel of giving. Because as in everything, what we think we “want” is but a sliver of the picture.”

Read it in full with links to first hand experiences HERE. I thought the shares were very honest and brave, very necessary to the conversation as I am SURE these womyn are not alone in their feelings and experiences.

What Are Your Children Eating?

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. How much is too much? How many treats? I want to support mothers in their parenting choices, and do, so I’m struggling with conflicting feelings on this one. As someone who developed awful nutritional habits and relationships with food early, I feel this is an important message.
PSA HERE

Boys Will Be Boys

How we talk to and raise our boys often gets lost in the gender discourse. Saying all girls love princesses is as much a disservice to our children as saying all boys don’t.
The part about boys flirting as babies and having girlfriends as toddlers is something that particularly bothers me. The way we gender and specialize relationships of BABIES, but that’s a rant for another day!
This makes me that much prouder of my incredible sissy who raises my nephew to his fullest potential, FUCK the gender binary!

When Your Mother Says She’s Fat

This really struck a cord with me, I can relate so much. I can remember being barely 10 and watching a Richard Simmons informercial with my own mom and her ordering us each the food counter and video package, and I remember feeling relieved I would finally be thin and beautiful.
She never shamed (or praised) me for my ever fluctuating weight, but the way she viewed and treated herself absolutely helped shape my body image and relationship to food in a negative way.

Mom, you are beautiful

Like A Girl

Powerful video (from always, blah, but money equals access and opportunity so good for them for using that power in a good way I guess…)

What struck me most was the young womyn. What does run like a girl mean? It means run as fast as I can!

We are doing our beautiful children a disservice to feed into a culture that dehumanizes womyn, that directly effects each and every one of them.

“I do everything like a girl. I am a girl”

#likeagirl