four hands of varying skin tones

I recently participated in a conversation about creating inclusive curriculum which was unfortunately deleted so I decided to reconstruct it. I’m re-sharing that feedback here so it can be a resource for people who are interested in inclusive content and curriculum creation because I think it’s important:

If a student…

So many business owners who are reluctant to talk about important social issues ask “how do I do this without looking like a bandwagon jumper?” Nobody wants to look like a jerk who is just following the crowd and doesn’t really care. Here’s what you need:

✅ Clarity. Why does…

A new generation of menstrual products cuts down on plastic waste.

Menstrual cups and reusable pads are among the options available to people who menstruate and want to stop generating plastic waste from tampons, applicators, and disposable pads. (Photo Sarah Pflug via Burst)

Monthly menstruation cycles are unfortunately also typically cycles of waste. On average, a person who menstruates throws away 200 kgs of tampons, pads, and applicators in their lifetime. …

Our health-care systems discriminate against Indigenous women. It’s time for that to end.

Photo: Rawpixel

I’m someone who bends too much, but never breaks. That’s not an inspirational statement about my tenacity — it’s strictly a medical distinction.

I have joint hypermobility syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects my joints and connective tissue. This condition has led to an above-average amount of contact with the…

Photo Credit: Alison Tedford (because I don’t steal other people’s art)

“You took the words right out of my mouth” is normally a pleasantry between people so familiar that they finish each other’s sentences effortlessly. That familiarity can be comforting and means that all the times you spoke before, you…

Not all that glitters is gold. My stretchmarks glitter, silvery, in the evening light, and I reflect on them and how my relationship with my body has changed over time.

Once upon a time, I found myself 25 years old and a single mother, out of nowhere. I sat back…

Photo Credit Jeremy Atkinson

Eva Mendes warned us all about the matrimonial threat posed by sweatpants. I was trapped in the Toronto airport this weekend and their merchandisers seem hell bent on making it divorce proof. I couldn’t find sweatpants anywhere, and I really needed a pair. …

We call it “Tinder Twenty Questions” but it often turns into “Go Fish!”

It’s a brief interview process designed to determine preliminary interest beyond the superficial “You’re cute!” of a right swipe. Deal breakers, preferences, and scheduling are discussed. Boundaries are negotiated and common ground identified. Compatibility is explored. …

I coach a lot about self-compassion. When someone comes to me with icky feelings about a personal failing, I say, “What would you say to a friend who failed? Would you call them names? Or would you encourage them to be kind, help them problem solve how to do better…

“Hello” was hard to say. Always the new girl, we moved more than most people who aren’t fugitives. I was awkward, hiding behind glasses and books. I was shy. It was hard to make friends. Becoming a mom, I thought my biggest challenge would be teaching my son to meet…

Alison Tedford

Freelance writer. Contributor at @BLUNTmoms, @HuffPostCanada, @UrbanMomsCa admin@sparklyshoesandsweatdrops.com

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