A Rebel Parent T-shirt for World Pride

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“It’s not a game.”

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Let’s celebrate Pride by starting a conversation!!

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Sawdust

Our eight year old is holding a saw. And she is jubilant. A faint haze and the smell of fresh- cut pine hangs in the bedroom and four piles of sawdust lie on the floor like little Mayan pyramids. “We’ve finally figured out what to do with the bunk beds!” she exalts. To her right, the bunk beds sit, carefully severed, top bunk from bottom. Continue reading

It’s Never Neutral

“Go quick, mom. So we don’t miss the party!”

So says our little one, urging my partner Kathy back from the washrooms toward the large crowd of people gathering for May Day in Allan Gardens. A sea of the most unapologetically political groups in the city surround us: Idle No More Toronto, No One Is Illegal, Two Row Society, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), Migrante, The Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Maggie’s. And others. Continue reading

Glass, Needles & Condoms

I can tell it’s spring.

We are winter weary and in need of fresh air. One of our annual adventures is to trek down to the edge of Lake Ontario. There, a billion huge boulders sit along the shoreline and call to our kids more powerfully than toys and ice-cream : “this is a landscape of unlimited potential.”

“Can we take off our shoes and socks as we climb?” they ask.

“You know the deal- watch out for glass, needles and condoms.”

Off they go, barefoot and bursting with excitement. Kathy and I look at each other, gauging our energy levels, and head off in pursuit. Continue reading

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Families at Toronto’s May Day Rally

We’ll be there, maybe even waving a Rebel Parents sign and encouraging families to celebrate and get engaged together.  It is true that rallies take extra work when you have children, but allowing our kids to ride bikes, bring noisy homemade instruments or pack extra travel toys or books helped us, not to mention pairing it with something else our children enjoy (okay, it’s true that we pack cupcakes to celebrate the workers with).  I got this graphic booklet last year.

Graphic History Mayday Continue reading