Parents need to have a serious talk about racial bias

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How old must a child be until they can be considered racist? While parents often wait until their child is at least five years old to talk to them about racism, children notice race far before that. Many children develop racist beliefs in pre-school.

Just like when a kid says a bad word, when a child says something racist, parents often give their child a brief lesson on why it’s not acceptable to say those things. Often, children will feel embarrassed or ashamed. Parents might not ever hear them say anything racist again. Their white kid might even have black…


With practice, women can unlearn the social cues that have made us smaller

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When I was in elementary school, a teacher came up to me to quietly tell me that I was sitting incorrectly. I was reading a book and I had my ankle on my knee. She told me that it was impolite; that’s how men sit. According to her, women sit with their legs crossed more closely, one thigh over the other.

What? I remember feeling embarrassed but confused. It didn’t make sense to me. …


A reflection on feminism, parenting, rebellion, and nonconformity

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The first time another kid called me a “tomboy,” I remember feeling a burning frustration.

“I’m not a boy,” I said, even though I knew that’s not what the term meant. I had been hearing that word ever since I was 5 or 6.

“No, it means you want to be one,” she said like she was diagnosing me.

“No, I don’t. I’m a girl. Just like you. I’m not a tomboy. That’s a stupid word.” My voice trembled. I rarely cried in front of other kids, and I rarely used the word “stupid.” I was mortally shy, and even…


The scary and unexpected ‘Kundalini awakening’ that changed my perspective

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Whenever I try to join a conversation about meditation, I can only say so much before I end up alienating people and wishing I kept my mouth shut.

Many people start meditating because they’ve read about its benefits—for relaxation, stress relief, improving focus, inner peace, etc. Other people get into it through yoga. Whenever I ask these people if they’ve had a life-altering or scary meditation experience, they look at me quizzically.

I’m really interested in reading about the science of meditation, but it’s lacking in many ways. As someone who is driven by questioning things and seeking logical answers…


Hiding ADHD symptoms behind a social mask

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On the surface, it may seem like ADHD is typically accepted amongst younger generations, who have a better understanding of neurodiversity now than ever before (especially since mental health disorder diagnoses are on the rise).

Despite the overall social acceptance of ADHD, the reality is that many neurotypical people only understand the disorder through a textbook definition — they can only recognize a few ADHD symptoms. This is especially true for women with ADHD, who often aren’t diagnosed until their 20s or later.

This lack of understanding, and the stigmas about it that remain, causes people with ADHD to have…


How students can actually become fluent in four years

People often call language classes “a waste of time and money.” What would it take for students to actually become fluent in a second language from high school classes? Not much, and the results could drastically change Americans’ international competency.

Teachers, professors, and business professionals often explain the advantages of knowing a second language in the work world. They tell students even if you’re not fluent, putting a second language on your resume will help you stand out, show that you’re more culturally aware, and open doors to jobs that you might not even know existed.

If this is true…


The Controversy Explained

Why don’t some kratom vendors sell their kratom under a strain name?
Are kratom strains even real?

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One of the first things you learn as a kratom beginner is that red veins are relaxing, white veins are energizing, greens are in-between, and yellow kratom is more subdued. Many different sites offer an ultimate guide to kratom strains that describe the characteristics of each kratom strain.

But if you’ve researched kratom long enough, you’ll run into some kratom vendors, as well as some consumers, who don’t believe in kratom strains — they think that all kratom strains are the same type…


The importance of listening to your body

Keto and intermittent fasting are all the rage these days, but the success stories paint a misleading picture. Besides being a weight-loss tool, they’re often touted as healthy, sustainable diet regimens endorsed by fitness blogs, personal trainers, and health gurus.

The hype behind these diets overshadows their potential negative consequences; especially when it comes to women’s health and athletic performance.

Why I Started Keto in the First Place

Ah, the dreaded “freshman 15.” The roughly 15 pounds that many first-year university students gain thanks to limited cooking experience and a busy schedule paired with unlimited sources of quick, greasy food, and sugary snacks. …


6 Tips Every Freelancer Needs to Know

When you search something on Google, how many articles do you click on until you find your answer? How many of them are you tired of before even reading them?

It can take a few tries to find something you’ll stick around to read.

Whatever reason you’re blogging, be it personal or freelancing for a client, you don’t want your article to be one of the ones that people abandon.

One third of readers leave an article before reading the opening paragraph.

Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to help optimize…

Rickie Elizabeth

Questioning everything, accumulating facts. Tea-lover, long-distance runner, introspective overthinker. Finding humor in the absurd.

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