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January 22, 2021


“My heart will hurt if you don’t read me another book.”
My 5yo perfecting the guilt trip.
--Satirical Mommy, @MommySatirical

weekly survival tip

For an easy uplift, and in honor of Dolly Parton’s birthday earlier this week, how about listening to her chat with Brené Brown a few months ago on Brown’s podcast? We have a feeling it will do the trick…

trail talk

WOW. If this young woman represents the future of our nation, we are SO. IN. Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate, read her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. As it turns out, she is an absolute star. Her poem was resounding, “dynamic and propulsive,” and simply brilliant. She didn’t gloss over the pains of the past in this country – historic (slavery) and more recent (the attack on the Capital). Nor did she allow those challenges to supersede her focus on hope and healing for America’s future. If you missed it, watch her reading here. We dare you not to cry. If you prefer, read the full poem instead. And, for more about Gorman, check out this New York Times profile as well.

And so we can spare you a few minutes (we’re all moms, we get it), here’s a link to watch (or re-watch) Biden’s own address if you happen to need it.

Finally, because we’re also all still glowing over the historic nature of Vice President Harris’s inauguration, we wanted to highlight the February issue of Vogue Magazine because Harris graces the cover. The profile inside, which is online now, is well worth a read. Once you’re done with that piece, you might also want to learn a little more about her similarly-stereotype-busting husband, Douglas Emhoff, the first Second Gentleman our nation has ever had. For that, head over to read this revealing profile from Town and Country Magazine.

trail matters

Just 26 percent of Americans are alarmed about climate change, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. But a group of six female climate scientists, who are also mothers, in collaboration with a non-profit marketing firm, Potential Energy, are trying to change that. By a lot. All by targeting other mothers with their new non-profit campaign, Science Moms, a $10 million effort to “educate and empower mothers to do something about climate change.” Why moms? Because they are “the ‘sweet spot’ for inspiring social change,” said John Marshall, founder of Potential Energy, citing past successful actions such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving. And because mothers universally want to “ensure a better and safer future” for their children, said one of the founding scientists, Katharine Hayhoe. Sounds about right. Sign us right up.

trail treasures

Have your kids been climbing the walls lately? Maybe even literally? No real surprise. Winter during a global pandemic with cases spiking worse than ever is hard. SO HARD. And while we know you’re trying to get outside as much as possible with your little ones, that too, is sometimes tricky. So we’re here to do what we do best: make it easier – this time with tips for how to make your own indoor or outdoor climbing wall. Because, surprise, it’s actually not that difficult! We mean, for you handy types out there comfortable with a hammer, drill bit and a saw…! For the indoor version, check out this step by step tutorial. If you prefer to get your children out of the house entirely, read this how-to guide for building a folding A-frame climbing wall perfect for the backyard. One further resource to review is this guide to both store-bought and home-made climbing walls for beginning, intermediate and advanced level climbers.

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