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Summer Reading Starts NOW!!!

Summer's here and it's time to make sure your kids are set with their summer reading booklists, goals and plans.  Here are some tips and resources to help you get going: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge:  Once again, children's book publisher Scholastic is offering a great summer reading program for children of all ages. After signing up on the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Politics and Poetry

Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose, former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said.  But we are didn't hear much poetry during this week's Democratic Presidential Candidate's debates.  So for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer a few political poems.  We start with "America" from Claude McKay (1889-1948), a bittersweet ode to our nation. From Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) [...]

School Year-End Tips

    School's out or almost out for most of our children. Reports cards have been issued or are on their way.  Your children are undoubtably relieved and happy that another school year is done, and everyone's thoughts are turning to summer vacation. But before you close the chapter on the last school year, why not spend some time [...]

Big Boys Do Cry…And It’s Fine

Last night I watched the first few minutes of the NBA draft, and saw the top three draft picks learn what teams they'd be playing for.  For those of you paying no attention whatsoever, the Pelicans had the #1 pick and chose Zion Williamson from Duke, the Grizzlies had the #2 pick and chose Ja Morant from Murray State, [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Father’s Day, Continued

Hope all you GCP dads had a terrific Father's Day!  In your honor, today's Thoughtful Thursday presents three poems which pay tribute to fathers.  First, a sentimental,  heart-warming salute to hard working Dads everywhere in "Only a Dad" by Edgar Guest (1881-1959).  Then, a GCP favorite, "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden (1913-1980), which also recognizes a father's daily [...]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Raising Boys

When we talk about raising boys, we often speak of teaching them how to become men. And we view "manhood",  (which tends to involve some combination of strength, squashing down feelings and being stoic) as the target at which we are aiming our boys;  it is the goal of their adolescence. But a new book suggests that encouraging our [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Poetry For Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features works by LBGTQ poets.  Some of these poets have been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, like June Jordan (1936-2002) and Audrey Lorde (1934-1992), and others, like E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) and Blas Falconer, are new to these pages. The voice of the other, the ones less heard, is strong [...]

OK For Kids to Call Adults by their First Name? I Say No. What Do You Say?

I always encouraged (required, actually) my children’s friends to call me Mrs. Lewis, and I insisted that my children call most adults Mr. or Mrs./Ms. as well. If the parents were really good friends, they became “Aunt” and “Uncle” to our kids, and we were the same to theirs. But that was the only exception. Once my children started [...]

GCP Live! Talking about Father and Son Dynamics: How to be a Better Parent to Your Son

On Friday morning, GCP was LIVE at the Corporate Counsel Men of Color Conference in Washington D.C.  The topic: "Father and Son Dynamics: 10 Ways to Be a Better Parent to Your Son".  The panelists were Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr., Senior Pastor of Washington D.C.'s Ebenezer A.M.E. Church; Chef Jeff Henderson, Chef, Author and Host of "Flip My [...]

The Value of School-Year-End Celebrations

At the end of every school year, my mom would make a date with my brother and me for a night out to celebrate.  She was an elementary school teacher, so we were all celebrating having finished up another year. We would usually go out to dinner, and then to a movie (for several years running, we saw "Shaft" [...]