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Black Panther and Other Must-Sees This Month

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you must know that the “Black Panther” movie is opening on February 16th, just a few days away. This is the EAGERLY anticipated film, based upon a very popular Marvel comic book character, which stars Chadwick Boseman, Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Jordan, and is […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Love Poems

In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, today’s Thoughtful Thursday features love poetry from an array of poets. We begin with a couple of love poems from Langston Hughes, whom poet Elizabeth Alexander rightly calls “’our’ poet laureate, our’Shakespeare in Harlem.'” Then on a poem from Nikki Giovanni, one of the world’s best known African […]

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Parent’s Guide to Social Networking 2.0

Greetings GCP Parents, We posted this originally in 2011, but having reviewed it recently (and finding out about a few new and useful sites) we are posting this updated version. While it may now read a bit alarmist in tone, the underlying message is still critically important: Pay attention to your children’s social media activity! […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: R.I.P. Jack Whitten, Rev. Wyatt T. Walker and Hugh Masekela

For today’s Thoughtful Thursday we celebrate the lives of three men who passed away this week: artist Jack Whitten, pastor and civil rights leader Rev. Wyatt T. Walker, and musician Hugh Masekela. Great men with noble spirits all. Jack Whitten, born in 1939, was a pioneering abstract artist. Born in Bessemer, Alabama, he attended Tuskegee […]

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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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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday is Dr. King’s birthday, and in celebration this Thoughtful Thursday brings you lots of suggestions for books about Dr. King to read with your children. Enjoy. Children’s Books About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. < strong> My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris My First Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane […]

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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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