Neurodiversity in Your Neighborhood

Neurodiversity in Your Neighborhood

by Allison Banta We live in a tiny delight of a neighborhood. The houses are old, the streets are crooked – giant old tree roots rumple the asphalt like waves, making hills and jumps for the braver bike riders. These streets haven’t been repaved in 40 years, and...
Fighting Food Insecurity in Community

Fighting Food Insecurity in Community

by Allison Banta According to the most recent estimates, 1 in 6 kids in this country has experienced food insecurity. 1 in 6. That means when I send my kids to school, an average of 3-4 kids in each of their classes came to school hungry. This is true on any given...
20 Social Justice Books for Kindergarteners

20 Social Justice Books for Kindergarteners

by Allison Banta My children have this innate kid-ability, a delightful maneuver where they always save their most challenging questions to be presented during parent work calls. Or at bedtime. Or when we’re racing to get out the door. If you’re a caregiver, parent,...
Gender Identity – Talk About It.

Gender Identity – Talk About It.

by Allison Banta Talking to kids about gender, pronouns, and identity can be overwhelming. Maybe you had the opportunity to grow up in a family that was good at those conversations. Perhaps openness and curiosity and acceptance have always been your way of life. If...
Conversations with the Kids: Mental Health Awareness

Conversations with the Kids: Mental Health Awareness

by Allison Banta We try to be very proactive in our approach to sticky subjects. I’ll be the first to admit though— the conversation about mental health snuck up on me. When the COVID pandemic hit we had very little framework in place for that conversation, and...
“ABCs of Black History” by Rio Cortez

“ABCs of Black History” by Rio Cortez

by Tyree McMillan, an LJL content creator In February’s box, there was a book titled, “ABC’s of Black History” by Rio Cortez. This book is primarily made for children, however, when I first read the book as a high school student, I realized that I had learned...