Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Thoughtful Thursday: Autumn Chill

With much of the nation focused on the cold weather these days, Today’s Thoughtful Thursday follows suit, featuring poems about the chilly days of Fall. In “Fall, Leaves, Fall” Emily Bronte celebrates the season’s change from fall to winter, and in “Winter Trees” William Carlos Williams writes approvingly of the changes that winter brings. Claude […]

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Our Sons and Their Devices: Are We Paying Enough Attention?

We at GCP have been thinking a lot about the impact of technology on child rearing. Tablets, phones and computer screens can enhance children’s development, increase their school readiness, and introduce them to ideas and places to which they might not otherwise have any access. But they also can be distracting, overwhelming, and can interfere […]

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Help Your Son Study Smarter

How many of us have told our sons to “study smarter, not harder?” Sounds good, but how do you actually do that?   In the recently published book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why It Happens”, New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey looks at the science of learning to try […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Voting

Even though Election Day has come and gone, we can continue to have conversations with our sons about the importance of voting.  Today’s Thoughtful Thursday is the poem “Vote of Die”,  written by Margaret Block, a civil rights activist and member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  In this poem she champions some of the unsung […]

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Welcome to the New and Improved Ground Control Parenting!!!

GCP has a new look!  The new and improved site is designed to give you greater and easier access to all of our articles.  Take a few minutes and browse around.  We are still tweaking it here and there, but wanted to launch it as soon as we could.  What do you think?  Stay tuned […]

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GCP Event: Great Advice on Raising Boys from Kathryn Chenault

GCP recently had another live event: A conversation with GCP mom Kathryn Chenault. Kathryn, an attorney who stepped away from her professional life to devote time and effort to raising her two sons (who are now wonderful young men in their 20′s), graciously hosted us at her glorious home. Beautiful surroundings, great weather, and wonderful advice […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Haunting Poems

With Halloween upon us, today’s Thoughtful Thursday poems are appropriately unsettling and haunting.  They are written by well known African American poets,  Jean Toomer  (1894-1967) and Claude McKay (1889-1948).  Enjoy. Reapers Black reapers with the sound of steel on stones Are sharpening scythes. I see them place the hones In their hip-pockets as a thing […]

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5 “Teacher Tips” that Work for Parents Too

Ever wonder how teachers manage to keep classrooms of students engaged and motivated? Lynda Way, owner of the Pacific Preschool® & Kindergarten in California, offers “Teacher’s Tips” for motivating children which she suggests parents can use at home. These tips, found here, are summarized below, and we’ve added our comments as well. 1. Give Positive […]

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Admissions Tips: Pre School and Beyond

As school begins, for many parents so begins the process of looking for schools for our sons for next year. Whether you are enrolling your son in school for the first time, or looking to change schools, now is the time to get focused. In today’s post we will feature tidbits about admissions for each […]

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