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Thoughtful Thursday: Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”

On this Thoughtful Thursday, as temperatures drop below freezing in the North East, our thoughts turn to poems about the chill of winter.  And so it is time to revisit an old GCP favorite, "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden.  While its title and some of its vibrant imagery evoke winter's chill, at the core of the poem is a [...]

Protecting Our Sons from Online Sextortion

Let's face it, unless you happen to be a gamer yourself it is easy to take a fairly hands-off approach to your son's gaming habits. You probably have set limits on screen time, maybe you've banned games that are too violent or otherwise disturbing.  But here's why you should pay closer attention to his gaming activity:  to keep him [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Crystal Williams and Marilyn Nelson

Today's Thoughtful Thursday features two award-winning African American female poets whose work is new to us, although these poets have been heralded for some time by (better read) poetry fans worldwide. Crystal Williams, a Detroit native, has written four award-winning poetry collections.  A graduate of NYU (undergrad) and Cornell University (M.F.A.), Williams has taught at several universities and managed [...]

Time for Summer Camp Planning

It's December, and as winter storms sweep across the nation, it's time...to plan summertime activities!   Believe it or not, it is not too early to start planning what your kids will be doing in the summer of 2020. Camps start filling their spaces in January, and camp consultants are already planning events to introduce parents to a variety of [...]

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Do’s and Don’ts

With Thanksgiving a few days away, everyone is gearing up for family gatherings and good eating.  Whether there are just a few of you or you are having a family reunion around the table, it is important to enjoy the time together for this holiday meal.  Here are some Do's and Don'ts to help make sure the holiday is [...]

Follow Ground Control Parenting on Instagram: @groundcontrolparenting

GCP's on IG! We want to expand the conversation about raising our boys of color–and our girls too– so we've just launched our Instagram account.  We'll post pics and thoughts about our brand of parenting, and we want to know your thoughts as well.  Please follow us at @groundcontrolparenting, and please post your comments (and likes!).  Hope to see [...]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Thanksgiving Poems

We are only a week away from Thanksgiving, so today's Thoughtful Thursday offers up a hodgepodge of poems celebrating the food, festivities and fun of this holiday. We start with Elizabeth Alexander's "Butter",  a delightful ode to the spread which makes everything taste better.  Bet you can't read this without getting hungry!  Next is the moving and soulful "Perhaps [...]

Not Again…How Do We Talk With Our Children About These Mass Shootings?

As we all know, on the morning of November 14, 2019, a sixteen year old boy walked into his high school, Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, pulled out a .45 caliber handgun from his backpack and fired on a group of students.  In 16 seconds he shot 5 students and then himself.  The shooter and two of [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Honoring Veterans

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Veteran's Day  with two poems written by African American veteran Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)  about his Vietnam War service. Komunyakaa served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 as a correspondent; he was the managing editor of the Southern Cross during the Vietnam war, for which he was awarded a [...]

Educational Resources on Amazon.com

Ever wonder where to find high quality, teacher-tested educational materials online to help your child master a tough subject or learn more about a subject he or she loves?  You may soon need look no further than the site from which you can get just about anything else:  Amazon.com. Amazon Education has just launched "Amazon Ignite", an educational materials [...]