Spark! Celebrating All Kinds of Families

15percent*Are you still thinking about the Cheerios ad that featured a little girl from a mixed-race family — and all the buzz it caused?

We are. That ad certainly made us aware of how many more diverse families we needed to see — in books, in TV ads, in movies and more.Which is why we love this idea from Michael David Murphy and Alyson West (pictured here), who created the amazing site We Are The 15 Percent “to publicly reflect the changing face of the American family.” After all, as Murphy and West point out 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, “And yet, it still feels rare to see something like the Cheerios ad represented in mainstream culture.”

Check out the beautiful family photos on the site — and find out how to add your own!

*If you’re worried that your kids are spending too much summer vacation plugged into the TV, computer and handheld devices — and who isn’t? — you’ll want to check out the great advice from Dr. Michele Borba: How to Wean Kids from TV and Video Games and Back Into L.I.F.E. You’ll find some shocking statistics here (“the average eight- to 17 year old is plugged into some kind of a digital device seven and a half hours a day”) —  plus some great tips, including warning signs to watch for!

*ONE LAST THING: Speaking of using media in moderation, the editors at New Moon Girls want parents to chime in on their new survey: “What TV shows are great for showing girls as the wonderful, not-perfect, creative, powerful, and amazing humans they are?” See what kids, adults and other girl advocates chose when the results are  published in the September/October issue of New Moon and on the mag’s online site NewMoon.com! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!