About the Old Navy ad featuring an interracial family.
Why do I care?
Love it or hate it, the online world is a vessel for conversation and it can bring out the best in people and the worst. In this case, an image used for an Old Navy sale featured an interracial family and it brought out the online trolls and showed the worst side of many people. However, it also showed people how to promptly shut down said trolls.
Tell me more.
Every year, Old Navy has their annual Thank You Event where you can get 30% off of your entire purchase (score!) and this year, they opted for an ad that featured an interracial family.
No big, right?
Well, the internet decided to show their racist side and it was all kinds of disheartening. Racist remarks were made along with threats of boycotting the brand. It was then that others began to pounce on the haters and trolls to stand up for diversity by sharing touching images of their interracial families. They thanked the brand and brought to the forefront the fact that love has no color and we ain’t got no time for hate.
That’s What He Said
Ryan Reynolds has made headlines for his thoughts on parenting since his daughter with Blake Lively, James was born in December of 2014. In April, they announced baby number two was on the way, so we wanted to re-share some of those words. Plus, in our opinion, his parenting wit and general thoughtfulness pretty much makes him 10,000 times hotter than he ever was prior to becoming a father – but that’s just us.
Ryan’s Twitter feed is a great place to start to find some parenting gems:
- “I’d walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it’s dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because my hair.” –Sept 2015
- Nothing better than spending an entire morning staring into my baby daughter’s eyes, whispering, “I can’t do this”. –Aug. 2015
- “I’m teaching my daughter that the sun goes down each night because it’s mad at her. Probably gonna write a book on parenting at some point.” – June 2015
But seriously though, our favorite commentary on parenthood by Ryan Reynolds to date was when he was on Seth Meyer’s show in February discussing his daughter’s birth, (you know, ICYMI) and said this:
“Just do the dirty work, man… you gotta do the diapers. You gotta do the middle of the night thing… A human being will exit your wife, so she’s done enough. Just change the diapers and do all that stuff.”
Blake, he’s a keeper. We’re pretty sure you know that, but we’re just saying.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
When it comes to our kids who have anxiety, watching it creep into their lives can result in, well… anxiety. So, how do you help them manage and learn to navigate these sometimes brand new emotions? Consider creating an Anti-anxiety Kit.
One mom decided that she would work to empower her child who is living with PTSD by giving her a kit of strategies that would help her calm down when facing a scenario that was causing her anxiety. Her goal was to build independence in her child’s ability to cope over the long term with her anxiety. She includes relaxation prompts that you can print out as well as ideas for items you can include in your own kits. She is very clear that each kit should be individual to the child and their specific needs. She shares what her child has in her kit, but also offers alternative ideas.
Additionally, she goes on to support you through this process by offering tips for how to introduce the kit to your child and how to teach and empower them to utilize the kit.
We suggest consulting your pediatrician if you feel your child is dealing with anxiety, but this clever idea for an additional strategy for coping and empowering your child was one we had to share.
Parting Thought for the Day
Sometimes you just need a cheesy joke, or three, to lighten the day:
- Why don’t you ever shower with a Pokémon? He might Pikachu.
- What is Harry Potter’s favorite way to get down a hill? Walking….J.K., rolling.
- What did one plate say to another? Dinner’s on me.
There are twenty more where these came from over at Buzzfeed. You’re welcome.
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