Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Thoughtful Thursday: How Poetry Can Help Children Love Reading

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features a delightful video from PBS News Hour in which author Jason Reynolds explains how poetry can help reluctant readers learn to love literature. Reynolds notes, “The separate stanzas aid and perpetuate a kind of incremental reading one small chunk at a time” which makes it much more approachable and enjoyable. Definitely […]

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Playground Danger

A recent New York Times article found here brings alarming news for parents: a parasite that is often found in stray dogs and cats has been found across the nation in places where children play, and children exposed to the parasite could develop problems with their breathing, liver function, eyesight and their cognitive skills. Don’t […]

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How to Talk to Our Sons about Gender Equality

Although more and more of the recent GCP posts have been gender neutral, today’s post takes us back to our roots with a focus on our boys. So here’s a timely question: Are we doing all we can to raise our boys to respect girls and women, fight gender stereotypes, and understand the importance of […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Bomb Cyclone 2018

If you are on the East Coast as we are, you are are experiencing the aftermath a snowstorm of epic proportions, which has been called a “bomb cyclone”, “bombogenesis” and a winter hurricane. Whatever you want to call it, it has dumped a lot of snow on us, and the winds are whipping around at […]

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Tips for Parenting Anxious Children

Anxiety is a normal and developmentally appropriate emotion in children which can even be helpful, e.g., motivating them to study for an upcoming test. But anxiety is truly problematic and becomes a disorder when it impairs basic functioning or causes serious, often physical distress. What should we do to help our children with this? A […]

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Checking In on the School Front

The school year is in full swing now. Children have settled into the work, and there are still a few solid weeks left before the holidays hit. In case you’ve been on autopilot, it is time to check in and see how things are going at school. Here are some tips and advice on how […]

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It’s Almost Halloween: Are Your Children Ready for Scary Movies?

With Halloween a week away, scary movies are all around. From “It” and Boo 2!A Madea Halloween” in the theaters to countless horror movies running on TV and available on demand, it will be pretty easy for your children to get their fill of frights over the next few days. But can they handle it? […]

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Use Success Academy Secrets to Help Your Child Read

Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City have had an impressive track record of helping students achieve impressive results on statewide reading tests. Their website boasts that this year 84% of their students (their “scholars”) passed the mandatory English Language Arts (ELA) tests and 95% passed the math tests, making them the #1 school […]

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How Do We Talk With Our Children About The Las Vegas Mass Shooting?

Another mass shooting, this time at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. How do we talk to our children about this tragic event? GCP has discussed this issue before, after Newton and Charleston . And now we must talk about Las Vegas. But what should we say? Experts say it depends on how old our […]

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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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