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Make America Great

Twin of the Day – Clementine: Despite the current political climate, Clementine is thankful for the privileges that attach to her status as a citizen of America — the greatest country in the world — on paper. As she likes to say, “The proof is in the pudding!” In practice, she believes the country has a long way to go towards achieving its ideal of “equality for all.” With the “Obama Era” coming to a close, she’s also been wondering if it was premature to declare the nation’s “triumph over race.” As Michelle Alexander points out in Clementine’s favorite book, The New Jim Crow: “The fact that some African Americans have experienced great success in recent years does not mean that something akin to a racial caste system no longer exists. There have always been ‘free blacks’ and black success stories during slavery and Jim Crow.” In fact, exclaims Clementine, “The notion that we have triumphed over race has blinded us to the realities of race in our society!” — “More than half of the young black men in America are currently under the control of the criminal justice system (or disenfranchised), and the child poverty rate is actually higher today than it was in 1968. Employment rates in black communities rival those in Third World countries.” Notwithstanding this bleak depiction, Clementine is hopeful. She’s particularly inspired by her father who spent years as a trial attorney fighting for the underdogs of society. She’s also a huge fan of daddy’s comedy, but sees it as a petty pursuit when he has so much to offer in the fight for racial justice. She’s heard a lot of great things about mom too! She’s especially impressed with mom’s giant (utilitarian) breasts.

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Leisure Time

img_8777Twin of the Day – Penny: At eleven weeks, Penny is now rolling over consistently — from her stomach to her back. She’s also holding her head up for extended periods of time, which allows for prolonged eye contact with mom and dad. Her big smile indicates that’s she content — at least for now. But she’s ambivalent about the future.

“Now what, daddy?!”

“What do you mean, Penny?”

What’s next? I’ll learn to crawl. Then I’ll be walking… and then I’ll have to go to school and get a job! Continue reading Leisure Time

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Children Are the Future

Twin of The Day – Clementine: We recently purchased a floor mobile for the girls to help foster the development of their motor skills. Clemmy was immediately drawn to the various hanging trinkets, but was frustrated with her inability to reach the objects. About a week later, she finally connected — solidly knocking a bird with her hands. We were thrilled! When it comes to your baby, every new accomplishment is exciting to watch. However, parental involvement is also key to helping kids form accurate, healthy self-perceptions. As children grow, you want to build their confidence, but also want them to have a realistic view of the themselves and their limitations.

“Daddy, look! — The birdie is swinging! I did that!” Continue reading Children Are the Future