Hi friends! And Happy (almost!) Halloween!

I'm back this week with a special edition of this month's news briefing. Click HERE to listen now!

Now, I know this podcast usually focuses on parenting support and all things family life, but here's the thing: we have the power to make a difference in the world. As parents, we're raising the next generation of leaders, so it's crucial for us to take a stand and show compassion as global citizens. Today's episode is going to share a handful of ways to do that in terms of supporting those affected by the Gaza conflict.

First things first, let's educate ourselves. This conflict is complex, but it's imperative to follow along with current events. You can find tons of online resources - articles, documentaries, books - to get up to speed. (And hey, I get it if you're not a fan of turning on the news. **Raising hand, guiltily**.) But fear not! I've got two fantastic news sources for you: Jessica Yellin and Rachel Kay. Both women provide reliable, neutral (aka humanity-focused) news coverage on the topic. You can follow them each on Instagram. (And make sure you sign up for Jessica's newsletter.) Easy peasy!

Remember, it's important to share with the little ones in our lives. Age-appropriate conversations about global issues can help our kiddos become empathetic and informed citizens. Talk to your kids about conflict, peace, and understanding. It's all about spreading those good vibes and teaching them the value of love and kindness.

How do you support those affected? Donating to reputable charities like UNICEF, Save the Children, and the International Red Cross can provide essential resources and aid to the people impacted by this tragic conflict. Rachel Kay is pointing people to Friends of Givat Haviva and this website with a large list of organizations supporting those affected. And if you're a breastfeeding mom, the MDA National Bank for Mother's Milk is in need of donations to support babies up to six months of age whose mothers have been killed, injured, kidnapped, are missing, or have been called to IDF reserve duty. Learn more about MDA HERE and HERE.

As moms, we have powerful voices, and we can use them to advocate for peace. Reach out to your elected officials, express your concerns, and call for diplomatic solutions. Research local initiatives, get involved, or organize your own events. Peace begins at home, after all.

Lastly, don't underestimate the power of social media! Share stories and facts about the conflict, advocate for peace, or simply brighten someone's day with a positive quote. Your voice can reach a wide audience and inspire others to take action. Let your newsfeed be a beacon of light!

Let's remember that supporting victims and families of this conflict is not only an act of kindness and love but also a profound lesson for our children. It teaches them empathy and the importance of global citizenship. Together, we can show that love knows no borders and that we're all part of one big human family.

Remember to take care of yourself too. Get that heart pumping with a walk or some exercise, don't forget to wash your face and moisturize, and slather on that sunscreen to keep your skin glowing. Because when you take care of yourself, you can better take care of those you love. Listen to the episode in full HERE now!

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Talk with you in November! 🦃

-Krista-