Mandy Stockton

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Recommended Reading :: Books for Black History Month and Beyond

by Amelia Mansfield and Mandy Stockton If you’re anything like us, you’re always thinking of ways to build your child’s confidence, self-awareness, knowledge, and understanding of others. Books are an accessible tool for that, yet...

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Eleven years ago, my husband and I did the fancy meal to ring in the new year. We made reservations at a trendy restaurant, dressed up, and expected a lovely meal. We arrived and...

Is It Time to Rethink Thanksgiving?

Let me be clear: I’m not suggesting we do away with Thanksgiving. In fact, I think we should make it a practice to reflect on gratitude more often. I’m proposing we take this day...

Twin Talk: Surviving the Early Years

I have identical twins who are 6. They are best friends, they are smart and silly, and they make me laugh every day. They also fight over the most ridiculous things and drive me...

Halloween in the Age of Covid

Ahhh, fall. Cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything and…Covid-19. How exactly will all our favorite fall activities work with social distancing? To be honest, I’ve been thinking about Halloween since June. But I quickly...
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“Safer at Home” May Not Be Safe for Abuse Victims

As the school year begins, our mom brains are in overdrive, thinking about our children's health and safety in entirely different ways. Are our kids going to be safe at school? Should we keep...