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Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

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Mothers Day

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Mother’s Day

I don’t mean the Mother’s Day where kids buy trash and your family lets you take the day off of from unpaid labor. I mean the non-commercial observance as Anna Jarvis originally intended – to draw awareness to the second shift demanded of working mothers and the disempowerment of work-at-home mothers within industries, communities, and their own families.

The fight for women’s rights, wealth equality, racial equality, and decolonizing is intertwined with the experiences of mothers and how we support them.

When is it?

  • Every year on the second Sunday in May

#FreeBlackMamas

Milo imagines the world

“Sixty percent of people in local women’s jails have not even been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial—and 80 percent of them are parents. These Black women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming folks—Black Mamas and caregivers—are often without support or a safety net when they are condemned to a cage: there is no one to come for them.”
…read more from National Bail Out.

Read: Milo Imagines The World.

Discuss:

  • What assumptions does Milo make about the people he sees?
  • What assumptions do you think people make about Milo? Milo’s family?

Action:

Show Up For Single Mothers

Triumphant Kids Stories Honoring Single Mothers

Revolutionary Humans membership or purchases required – proceeds support Revolutionary Humans, a Black-& single-mama-led collective.

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Adults: Visit Single Parenting in a Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape

  • Learn how (and how not) to show up for single parents in your community.
  • Single parents: Get resources to get clear on what support looks like so community parents can show up for you.

Discuss with kids:

  • What does our family constellation look like?
  • What privileges and challenges do we navigate because of how many parents and caregivers we have?
  • How does the gender of the caregivers in our family affect our ability to find and receive support when we need it?

Bonus Activities to dig deeper

Acknowledge Invisible Labor

The Mental Loadhow mamas love their babies

 

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Discuss:

  • Make a list of the invisible work and emotional labor is required to maintain our family’s daily routine.
  • Who is in charge of which tasks?
  • Who is taking on the invisible tasks?
  • Did our family talk about taking these tasks, or did they just fall to specific people?
    • Why?
  • What messages does The Giving Tree glorify about what we ‘should’ do to be nice?
    • What does this book teach children about what they should expect from women?
    • Do you agree?

Take Action

  • Revisit each activity – what new or different invisible task could each family member take responsibility for?

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I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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