When I became a parent, I had to come to terms with not being able to go to all the actions I wanted to. While I take my kids to social justice actions, I can't push their bedtimes back every night. It's just a reality of parenting. What I've also come to realize is that parenting can be a form of activism. I'm raising the next generation, the people who will take over the world that we give them. So I have more than a few reasons why parenting is a social justice action.
Imagine, if you will, a world where people who believed in the fundamental human rights of all other humans. This imaginary world is one where you never have to explain why your, or your neighbor's, rights or lives matter. We'd all just know and accept the aforementioned as common sense. I don't know about you, but this is a world I want to live in. This is a world I want my children to live in. This is the world that I show up for when I show up for social justice actions and marches and participate in other activity that will further the basic concept of social justice.
This is a world that we, as parents, are capable of creating via the way we choose to parent our children. Because, while it might not be so obvious on the surface, parenting is social justice action. Here's why: