Motherhood

Mommy MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses that are available to anyone, and are taught by top professors at leading universities all over the world.  MOOCs are ideal for anyone who needs to learn on their own schedule; whether one wants to dip your toes into a field of interest, or just wants to learn new things.  The classes often consist of weekly lectures, readings, discussions, and quizzes, but you can complete them as you see fit based on your schedule.  Most MOOCs also offer the opportunity to earn a certificate – but this option usually runs around $50 and means that you MUST keep up with the weekly schedule and submit all assignments and pass all quizzes (again, the certificate cost is optional).  There are a lot of great MOOCs pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, child growth and development, etc., and we imagine these MOOCs will be especially useful to anyone who is or is interested in becoming a midwife assistant, doula, lactation consultant, mother, childcare provider, etc.  If anyone takes a course from the list below and would like to share your experience, please leave us a comment below – we would love to hear from you!

MOOCs:

Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Child Nutrition and Cooking

Childbirth: A Global Perspective 

Childhood in the Digital Age

Children’s Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Education for All: Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion

Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

First Aid for Babies and Children

Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: From Evidence to Action

Infant Nutrition: From Breastfeeding to Baby’s First Solids

The Lottery of Birth

Making Babies in the 21st Century

Midwifery

Positive Behavior Support for Young Children

Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Early Start to Healthy Living

MOOC Websites:

Coursera 

edX

FutureLearn

Open 2 Study

If you know of any others that should be included in this list, please leave your suggestion below in a comment!

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Raising kids in the era of Trump: Articles

Young girl at Women's March (2017) holding a sign she made that reads "kindness matters"

Keira Relph, age 6 – Women’s March 2017

If you’re wondering how to talk to your children about the current POTUS, wondering what you can do to foster an interest in activism, or want to teach your children to be kind to all humans, then welcome to the club.  Below is a list of articles and blog posts regarding raising kids in the era of Trump, compiled for you by your friendly Punk Mamas!

This is the first page in a series of resources aimed at providing information and resources for raising kids in the era of Trump.  Stay tuned for a list of children’s books, which will be coming soon!

Advice from psychologists on raising kids well in Trump’s America; Huffington Post

Be the heroes our children need in the Trump era; The Tennessean

Calling Obama ‘one of the best parenting examples,’ dad offers child rearing tips for the Trump era; The Blaze

How to talk to kids about hatred and hostility in the Trump era; Slate

I’m Terrified of Raising a Boy in Trump’s America

In Trump era, monkey see, monkey do isn’t child’s play; Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law

My view: Parenting with privilege in the era of Trump; Deseret News

Parenting in the era of Trump; San Francisco Chronicle

Parenting in the Trump era: How to prepare your child for racial and ethnic violence without ruining their innocence; Dr. Candice M.D. 

Raising kids in a Donald Trump era; Valley Stream Mom

Seven strategies for raising confident girls in the Trump era; Mashable

Talk honestly with children about race in the Donald Trump era; U.S. News 

Teaching out children to think critically in the Trump era; American Institute for Learning and Human Development

What happens to my children’s identity now?; Independent

Wise advice from Brené Brown on talking with our kids about political rhetoric; Chicago Now

I’m sure this list will grow, so check back soon!  And if we left a good source off the list, please share it with us in a comment below!

 

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Hello and welcome to Punk Mamas!

Punk Mamas started in early 2016 as “a private Facebook group where punk mamas can openly discuss pregnancy, childbirth, raising children, and motherhood!”  Started as a small group of mothers within the hardcore scene, it has now become a group of 500 punk women in all stages of motherhood sharing encouraging stories and supporting one another.  There are mothers on the west coast, east coast, overseas and everywhere in between; women trying to conceive, pregnant, first-time mothers, step-mothers, adoptive mothers – ALL mothers; those who stay home, those who are lawyers, teachers, librarians, tattoo artists, doulas, and everything in between.  This diverse group has been a blessing for many who needed someone to turn with their pregnancy, parenting, and motherhood questions, a place to share those small parenting victories, or a place to let off a little steam in this crazy world.

With hopes of reaching and helping a larger audience, Punk Mamas will now expand as a collaborative blog.  We are not sure how this will play out yet, but are hopeful Punk Mamas will come forward with their specific stories and their tried-and-true advice to share.  If there is one thing that Punk Mamas have learned from the Facebook group, it is that there are a million different ways to be a good mother, and we hope this blog reflects that.  There will be plenty of conflicting stories, so please keep in mind that we are all doing the best we can with the information and resources that we have as individuals; there is more than one “right” way to raise happy and healthy children!  We hope others can find our stories inspiring, humorous, educational, and thought-provoking, but more than anything, we want you mamas out there to know that you are NOT alone in your journey!

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