Child Knows Best

In Adoptee Experience, Complicated Roots by Louisa Leontiades

Agency was conspicuous by its absence in my upbringing. My adoptive mother neither trusted in me, nor in my agency and this might be regarded by many as wise. After all what can a child know about the consequences of their decisions?

Why I Teach my Children that Violence is Sometimes Unavoidable

In Complicated Roots, Feminist Mamma, Parenting-General by Louisa Leontiades

Because the non-violent lessons I have taught her meant that I neglected the most important one. The one about respecting your own boundaries and protecting your own body. Instead I apparently encouraged my daughter to be a good cog in the kindergarten system, to report it to an adult and in doing so taught her to go against her instincts and passively accept violence on her body. She became a victim, because I taught her it was the right thing to do.

Celebrating the Magic of a Coca Cola Santa Claus

In Complicated Roots, Feminist Mamma, Parenting-General by Louisa Leontiades

I would like to tell them about the wonderful man who gave to the poor. I would like to show them the legend of the Yule Lads from Iceland and get excited at how they have 13 Santas, not just one. I would like to explain how Coca Cola pulled off the biggest marketing marvel of all time and popularized him in red as opposed to blue. It’s pretty amazing if you think about it.