This Children’s Magazine Wants to Help Your Kids Engage in Anti-Racist Work
Mighty Kind is a woman of color-owned and mom-run business. Leading with the conviction that kindness, empathy and compassion are teachable skills, Mighty Kind gives children the opportunity to practice those skills. Mighty Kind helps children understand that compassion should extend beyond commonalities and that often practicing kindness doesn’t mean being “nice”. Instead being kind means being mighty — standing up in the face of injustice and working for a better world for everyone. With a gorgeous layout and engaging content, the magazine takes complicated issues adults grapple with and makes them accessible and actionable for kids.
Mighty Kind was co-founded by Nadine Fonseca, the daughter of a Guatemalan immigrant who grew up in the diverse metropolis of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about the work of impactful kindness and is anxious to get our kids engaged. Mighty Kind recently received a woman of color-owned business grant from IFundWomen. In the middle of a pandemic that is hurting BIPOC owned businesses the most, they’re also partnering with IFW to raise capital from donors like you and me to help their business become…well…mighty.
I’m inspired by Nadine’s mission and I want my kids to be mighty kind. Over the weekend, I took a moment to interview her. I think after reading her words, you’ll want your children to be Mighty Kind too.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
What challenges have you encountered in starting this magazine as a woman and woman of color?
One of the weirdest experiences of this business venture was at the very beginning opening a business bank account. The banker (a middle-aged man) asked me several times if I would be adding my husband onto the account or if we needed to wait until he could be present. I declined “sweetly” the first two times, but by the time he pushed a third time I had to get pretty assertive and insist on stopping that line of pressing or I would take my business elsewhere. I felt so small and insecure in that moment — just thrown off by the whole exchange, that it took me a minute to understand what was happening and take back my power.