People Are Good: 5 Actions That Prove It

People are good. Not everybody is good, but most people are. Yes, we all have a lot of stuff we need to face. We have a lot of accountability we need to accept. We have a lot of work we need to do to make this world, and the US better. I do not believe it starts by “choosing love“. I believe it starts with action.

People Are Good: 5 Actions that Prove It

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Here are 5 beautiful actions that remind us of this truth: people are good and when given the chance many will rise to prove it.

1. Fifth Graders Unanimously Vote to Forfeit Basketball Season Instead of Kicking Girls Off the Team

When you feel hopeless, look to the children. I swear they always have the answers. This is a must read. I suspect it will stick with you and come up at the most unexpected times. Click here to read. 

2. A foster child himself, one Dad sets out to replace the trash bags foster children carry their belongings in with backpacks- and he is succeeding. 

This is real humanity. It all starts with one person who is sure enough that something needs to change. This is an inspiring story for when you are wondering if you have the power to create change. Click here to watch. 

3. Women Supporting Women: Expect the Best from the Best Whether or Not They are Famous

When I need a confidence boost- when I’m doubting whether or not I can do it, I play Pink. I’ve read a little about her. I can try to imagine all that she has overcome to get where she has gotten. She inspires me and I would have expected nothing other than this response from her.

People like to label women as catty, but this is reality. Click here to read. 

4. Barilla Moves to Support Gay Rights

People are questioning the motives. I wonder if it matters. Whether or not it is because their bottom line was affected, or because they stood up to do the right thing (finally) it seems to me this action shows that the tides are turning. Click here to read. 

5. Looking for Something Meaningful To Do? Pay Off School Lunch Tabs

I don’t know how to do it. I will in March- this is when we will pay off some lunch tabs as a family. There are many reasons I love this action item. I love it for the obvious reasons but also because it is a great and easy way for each of us to learn that we can figure stuff out. We do not have to wait for someone to tell us exactly what to do.

Call a school. Ask how to do it. Let this be an empowering confidence builder for doing more down the road. Click here to read. 

Children are People and Have Preferences- Just Like You and Me!

Children are People and Have Preferences Just Like you and Me

One of the things that I am grateful for as an adult, is that I can make things the way I like them. I prefer brothy soup for example, so when I make soup, I make sure it is extra-brothy, so I can enjoy it. I like a blanket over my lap when I am reading a book, or watching TV, so I always make sure we have a clean blanket in our living … Continue Reading...

5 Reasons I Love Unschooling

5 Reasons I Love #Unschooling by Jennifer Andersen OurMuddyBoots.com

Though this is not (like ever, in a million years) a path I expected to be on, I have fallen in love with the Unschooling life. We are still very much learning and I still have a long way to go. Rather than talking about my mistakes and successes, or how much better life is now, today I want to share 5 (ish) reasons I love Unschooling. There … Continue Reading...

Screens, Sleep, and Squash: Moving Toward Tension Free Parenting

Tension Free Parenting on Colored Background

Parenting: don't be a fun buster! I am learning that the best thing we can give our kids is a fun, happy, tension free home filled with thoughtful gestures and kindness. (I'm still working on all of this). Personally, I'm learning that hyper focusing on screens, or food, or bedtimes, does not create the healthy environment we think it does. It … Continue Reading...

7 Awesome Denver Holiday Activities

Awesome denver holidays

We all know about the Parade, the Christkindle Market and the shows, but there are so many other cool things for Denver families to do to feel the Holiday spirt. Here are 7 awesome Denver Holiday activities you may not have considered: 1. The Royal Gorge Railroad Okay, it's not in Denver. In fact, it's a bit of a hike. But the drive is beautiful … Continue Reading...

We Do Not Pretend Santa is Real: Let Me Explain

We do not pretend Santa is real (read about it here), but we celebrate Christmas. We do not just celebrate it actually, we revel in it (read about it here). Some people cannot reconcile this. They seem to think that if Santa is not accepted as a living, breathing person in our home we must be a bunch of scrooges. This could not be further from the … Continue Reading...

Elf Training Camp in Littleton Colorado: A Model for Restaurants

Those who have been with me for a while know how much my family loves to celebrate Christmas. Our tree goes up the day after Halloween and that's when the carols start streaming through our speakers. Each year we look for extra festive things to do, and we found them in 2016. One of our highlights so far was "Elf Training Camp" at the Melting … Continue Reading...

Unschooling Chat: Questions and Answers that Can Help Us All

Jennifer McGrail of The Path Less Taken is an Unschooling mom to 4 children ages 8 to 19. She was a mentor for me transitioning to Unschooling long before she knew me and has done wonderful things for my family. For those of us wanting to get deeper into Unschooling, who we listen to matters. I have only found a few people who are really able to … Continue Reading...

When a Mother Loses Her Shit

There are few things more heartbreaking for a mother than knowing you are the one who caused your child pain. Today, I lost my shit. It has been building for weeks. There were lots of factors. My husband was away for a full week then came home with a stomach bug. We quarantined him for nearly a week, which added a different level of stress, but … Continue Reading...

Colorado Royal Gorge Railroad Route Santa Express: Worth the Trip!

Wow, did we have an awesome weekend! Not only was it a long weekend, but on Saturday we ventured south to Canon City. This feels like a trek for Denverites, but one of the great things about those who move to Colorado is their sense of adventure and being up for making the trek. We were headed to The Royal Gorge Railroad where they are hosting … Continue Reading...

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