When I was growing up, my parents never talked to me about what was happening in the world. CNN was born when I was 13, but I was too busy watching soap operas, trying to beat my previous score in Pac-Man and playing kickball in the backyard with my friends to notice.

I knew I wanted to do things differently with my kids. My hubby and I chose to raise them with their eyes wide open. If they could see the world more clearly, and more honestly, we thought, they would understand more deeply why we felt it was their responsibility to help repair what is broken.

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