Summer is here! Hot days, south swells, and hurricane season. It’s always good to be prepared (see page 31) but hopefully, mother nature will be kind to us this year. 2021, the year of the ox, is going strong. While still in the midst of a pandemic the end seems to be in sight and things are beginning to open up. For the first time in a year, I actually have live events and summer camps to publish (see pages 13 and 30).
Life is unpredictable and challenges arise but we can always change the eyes we see it with and choose to react compassionately and from a place of understanding. This issue tackles some deep subjects, but awareness is half the key… And if all else fails, make a pie (see page 10). 😉
For those of you whose littles are now teenagers, understanding child development at this stage is just as important as when they were young (see page 5). We can be quick to react in the many WTF moments but positive parenting may help both you and your teen (see page 21). We still need to protect them, especially with all their time online (see page 29), and we want them to thrive, not just survive through these pivotal years (see page 23).
We want to try and stay grateful and marvel in the miracle of life (see page 8) and create positive mindsets to help us overcome fears and anxiety (see page 9). We want to stay healthy through pregnancy (see page 18) and set ourselves up for success during postpartum (see page 20).
Father’s Day is around the corner on June 20. Positive male rolemodels can make all the difference in a child’s life and there is a support group for fathers on Maui if you need it (see page 4). Stepping up to foster children can also be life changing for both you, the child you are helping , and our community (see page 7).
If you are a regular reader of The Mauimama you know it is a strong advocate for community and supporting women. FoundHer is doing just that (see page 25) as is the federally funded $40 million given to Maui County to assist with paying bills and rent. Let the Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program know if your family needs support (see page 28).
Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to a single Maui mama who has been tirelessly supporting her community and the local food sovereignty movement. Jennifer Karaca, founding executive director of Common Ground Collective co-started a non-profit that helps thousands receive donated fresh, locally grown food (see page 11) and is also featured on the front cover. Mahalo to Jennifer and everyone making a difference!
Image Credit: Joanna Tano