The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

by Lydia Wylie-Kellermann (Editor)
The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World

by Lydia Wylie-Kellermann (Editor)


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It is a complex time to be a parent. Our climate is in crisis, and economic inequality is deepening. Racialized violence is spreading, and school shootings are escalating. How do we, as parents, cultivate in our children a love of the earth, a cry for justice, and a commitment to nonviolence? Where do we place our bodies so we teach our kids that resistance is crucial and change is possible? What practices do we hold as a family to encourage them to work with their hands, honor their hearts, and nurture their spirits?

The Sandbox Revolution calls upon our collective wisdom to wrestle with the questions, navigate the challenges, offer concrete practices, and remind parents of the sacredness of the work. Written by parents who are also writers, pastors, teachers, organizers, artists, gardeners, and activists, this anthology offers a diversity of voices and experiences on topics that include education, money, anti-racism, resistance, spirituality, disability justice, and earth care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506466446
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 886,214
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lydia Wylie-Kellermann is a writer, editor, activist, and mother. She is director of Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center and the editor of The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World. Lydia's writing has appeared in Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, and various Catholic Worker papers, and she is a contributor to multiple books. She lives with her partner and two boys in Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Questions That Ache Lydia Wylie-Keltermann xi

A Note on Power, Process, and Accountability xix

Part 1 Nitty-Gritty Decisions as Radical Practices

1 What Makes a Family? Infertility, Masculinity, and the Fecundity of Grace Nick Peterson 3

2 Money: Nurturing a Family Culture of Generosity and Justice Susan Taylor 15

3 Education: Learning at the Speed of Trust Kate Foran 33

4 Where to Live: Putting Down Roots and Being Known Frida Berrigan 53

5 Spirituality: Entrusting Our Children to the Path Dee Dee Risher 65

Part 2 Confronting the "Isms" in Our Families

6 Moving beyond Normativity: Family as a Haven for Authenticity, Self-Expression, and Equity Jennifer Castro 83

7 Raising Antiracist White Kids: Some Rules Need to Be Broken Jennifer Harvey 101

8 Resisting Patriarchy: Messy, Beautiful Interdependence Sarah Nathan Holst 117

9 Ableism: Opening Doors and Finding Transformation Janice Fialka 133

10 Honoring Earth: Healing from the Carceral Mind and Climate Crisis with Joyful Interconnectedness Michelle Martinez 151

11 The Power of Story: Subversive Lessons from Grandmother Oak Randy Woodley 163

Part 3 Reclaiming Community

12 Building Community: Choosing Life in the Certainty of Death Marcia Lee en sawyer 183

13 Risk and Resistance: The Cost and Gifts to Our Children Bill Wylie-Kellermann 195

14 How Do I Heal the Future? Reclaiming Traditional Ways for the Sake of Our Children Leona Brown Laurel Dykstra 213

15 Confessions of a Bad Movement Parent: Raising Children for Autonomy Laurel Dykstra 229

We Turned Out Human: Laurel Dykstra's Daughter Myriam Responds 245

Conclusion: Blessings upon the Unraveling Lydia Wylie-Kellermann 249

For Each Child That's Born: A Collective Poem 255

Guiding Values 259

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 263

Further Resources 269

Bibliography 279

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