Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Thoughtful Thursday: Poems of Protest and Resistance

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday brings poetry of the resistance. Generations of African American poets have given us clarity, purpose and direction in times of political crisis. Here are poems from three of our great poets: Claude McKay (1889-1948), Langston Hughes (1902-1967), and Nikki Giovanni (1943-). We need this poetry now more than ever. Share with your […]

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Are You Raising An Independent Thinker?

We are raising the next generation of thinkers and problem solvers in this increasingly polarized world. How do they become independent thinkers? Are we making sure that they have the tools to think their way through problems of the future? What are those tools and how do we help our children develop them? Let’s hope […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: A Brooks/Dungy Duet

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday presents a cool poetry combo: “We Real Cool”, a classic from Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), our first national Black Poet Laureate, and a poem inspired by this classic, “Because it looked hotter that way” by Camille T.Dungy (1972-), an award winning poet who teaches at San Francisco State University. Dungy’s poem is an […]

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Encouraging Sibling Chill: 5 Ways to Promote the Peace

Worried about how your kids are getting (or not getting) along? Sibling squabbling and rivalry are to be expected in the normal course of things, but you do want them to establish a bond that stays strong when they are no longer obligated to live together under one roof. I thought a lot about this […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Never Forget

Sixteen years ago we watched in horror as terrorists took the Twin Towers down, damaged the Pentagon and killed innocent people on American soil. We honor the memories of the fallen every 9/11 with prayers for their families and for our country, with monuments, with moments of silence. We remember. Noted poet Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) […]

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Are You OK? Focusing on Our Sons’ Mental Health

Did you know that this week –September 10-16–is National Suicide Prevention Week? While many of us are quick to say “Black people don’t commit suicide”, the data tells a disturbingly different story. Studies released in 2015 showed that there were more suicides among African American children ages 5 to 11 than among white children. And […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Back-to-school

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday offers quotes to help our children and ourselves with the transition to a new school year. Here are some quotes to remind us of the value of the educational journey, and some to encourage them as they return to the classroom. Share with your sons, and enjoy. “Education is the most powerful […]

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GCP Back to School Checklist: To Do’s and Don’t Do’s

It’s September, time to head Back to School with GCP! Here is our Checklist of To-Do’s and Don’t Do’s for all of you busy parents: CLASSROOM TO-DO’s: • Meet the Teachers: If your son is in a single classroom all day, have you met his teacher(s)? If he is a middle or high schooler, do […]

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