Welcome to Ground Control Parenting, a website for parents of children of color, with a particular focus on our boys.
We all know the statistics on the abysmal graduation rates for Black and Latino boys, but here at GCP we are especially concerned about the underachievement of the boys who may graduate from high school but are not realizing their academic potential. We want to share practical information and resources on what works: what can spark the love of learning for our boys, keep them engaged in school from nursery through high school, help them understand their history and be prepared for their future, and ensure that they do their best.
We also want to support and inspire parents. Parenting is such a demanding job and our skills for this life long position tend to be developed on-the-job, as needed. Many of us raise our children as we were raised (if we had good childhoods) or away from the way we were raised (if we didn’t), following our instincts and crossing our fingers along the way. A more focused, conscious approach is needed to best help our boys navigate their lives through their formative years.
The term “ground control” often refers to the airport crew that works on the runways to make sure planes are ready for takeoff. We don’t need to be helicopter parents, but we do need to be on the ground control crew making sure our boys have what they need for a successful takeoff. Ground Control Parenting wants to make sure that parents have the tools and support to help our boys soar.
I am Carol Sutton Lewis, founder of GCP. I have two sons and a daughter ranging in age from 17 to 24. Personally and through my children I have experienced public schools (regular and selective) and single sex private schools. My mom was a retired public school teacher, and I benefited greatly from her focus (along with my dad’s) on my education. While I still have many more questions than answers about the parenting process, I have over 20 years of experience focusing on educational and developmental issues affecting boys of color.
Over the course of these 20 years I have been involved with many institutions that have helped hone my focus on child development and education. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Law Schools, and sit on boards of both of these schools, as well as on the board of a K-12 boys private school in New York City. I also spent over 10 years in a parent group run by the leader of a highly respected early childhood program. While working with these groups hasn’t given me all of the answers, it has helped me to figure out where to look for them. I hope you will join me in this quest to make sure we all do the best we can for our sons.
Ground Control Parenting – Helping boys soar!