How early parenthood prepared me for quarantine

I’ve never lived through a pandemic before. But like all parents, I know what it’s like to have my world shrink. My world used to be much tinier than this, those first weeks after I had each baby when I barely left my bedroom, and the months afterward when even a walk down the street sometimes seemed impossible.

The quarantine’s tight intimacy has been strangely familiar, so sweet and so suffocating at the same time. Thanks to those early baby years, I know what it’s like to have my world close in on me and my children, and how to re-craft my expectations around those new boundaries. Luckily, this time around, I have that past experience to guide me.

Child wearing mask

Stitching Community, One Mask at a Time

In this way, a quarter of quilting fabric and bobbins of leftover thread became something much bigger: a project to unite our family in an uncertain time. We pored over pictures of loved ones wearing the masks we made, our scraps and stitches forming an amulet for them to wear into this new world.

Foster Care Awareness Month

Supporting Youth and Families Impacted by Foster Care

By Katie Ferguson, Amara (Estimated reading time: 4 mins) How much do you know about foster care? Much of what most people think about kids and families involved with child welfare is based on media, which often highlights extreme stories, perpetuates stereotypes, and fails to recognize systemic racism as the cause for the disproportionate number of children in color reflected…