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Anti-Racism Resources

              Have you or your children been getting a lot of requests from your white friends for resources about Black history and the struggle for racial justice these days?  It is exhausting, trying to deal with your own and your family's reactions to everything going on AND having your well meaning but less [...]

How Do We Talk With Our Children About George Floyd ?

Here we find ourselves returning yet again to the question of how we should talk with our children, especially our sons, about another horrifying murder of a black man at the hands of a police officer.  What should we say to them about the death of George Floyd, and about the protests that have followed? Children of All Ages: [...]

Are Your Children Joining Protests? Here’s What Parents Need to Know

More power to your child who wants to join a peaceful demonstration. Just make sure that she knows some basic rules:   Your child has the right to peacefully protest. She can say whatever she wants during the protest as long as it is not a threat. She should be prepared to be arrested at the protest, for a [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Trying to Breathe

Whenever some racially based fresh hell befalls a Black person we at GCP, along with so many others, are compelled to cry out.  Sometimes we write about how to talk to our children about the latest horror, trying to walk that fine line between telling them the way of the world to help build their armor and scaring them [...]

The Summer of 2020: What Are Your Kids Going To Do?

What will your children be doing this summer?  After a Spring of remote learning, no organized sports, no extra-curriculars and no playdates,  they are facing a summer of cancelled activities and continued social distancing. Many parents who made camp plans for their children last year or early 2020  are now trying to figure out a new plan. A new [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Memorial Day Gratitude

Memorial Day is a few days away.  While we are usually celebrating it as summer's official start, this year it makes much more sense to think about what the holiday is really about:  honoring those who have died during war while serving the U.S.  Honoring our war heroes. These days our war heroes have expanded beyond members of the [...]

How to Celebrate Class of 2020 Grads

Do you have a child graduating this Spring?  Wondering how to celebrate this wonderful achievement in today's locked down, socially distanced world?  Here are some suggestions:  Honor the graduation traditions:  get a cap and gown, send out announcements  (if the school provides or you want to create your own).  Your child may think it silly to get a cap [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebration of Lives

As we wrap up the second full month of lockdown,  we at GCP want to pay tribute to all of the many people who have been lost in this pandemic.  Friends and family members who succumbed to the Covid-19 virus, as well as those lost to unrelated illnesses.  Families and loved ones have been denied the ability to publicly [...]

College in the Time of Covid-19: What We Learned, pt. 2

Last week GCP co-hosted a webinar on the current state of college admissions featuring a top-notch expert panel.  If you missed part 1 of the highlights you can find them here.  We continue with part 2 of the highlights of this informative session.   Grading: College admissions officers understand that high schools have handled Spring semester grading in a [...]

College in the Time of Covid-19: What We Learned

Thanks to all who attended the GCP/Hunter College Continuing Education webinar College Admissions in the Time of Covid-19, which was held on May 6th.  A great many parents registered and turned out for this webinar to hear the latest on college admissions news from our panel of experts: David Coleman, CEO of the College Board Eric J. Furda,  Dean [...]