Ages 13-15

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Coping with The Kobe News: Parents, Here’s Help

This is a really tough one.  The tragic deaths of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and seven others, including two of Gianna's basketball teammates, their moms and one of their dads, has us all reeling.  This hits us as basketball fans, as parents, as human beings.  Hard to wrap our heads around it. And [...]

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting – Back in April 2020!

The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting is coming to back to Hunter College in April 2020!!  If you live in or around NYC, you can join us again this year to discover answers to some of the important parenting questions I've been focusing on for years in this blog.  I'll be offering resources, tips and advice on key academic issues [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: HBD, Dr. MLK!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King! While we as a nation will officially celebrate on Monday, we should not forget (or let our children forget) that January 15th was his actual birthday. Today's Thoughtful Thursday will break from our normal poetry/inspirational quotes offering to ask: How are you planning to commemorate Dr. King's holiday?  Here are an assortment of [...]

GCP Chats with RIISE about Social Media and more!

Happy New Year!  The GCP vision for 2020 will be posted shortly, but before we turn to the future I want to focus on a late 2019 special event. Just as the holidays got underway, I had the pleasure of joining RIISE (Resources in Independent School Education) founder Gina Parker Collins for "Lunch with Gina", where we talked about [...]

Mental Health in the Black Community: Part 2

Continuing the conversation about mental health in the Black community:  I grew up hearing that our people didn't have time for mental health issues.  If you had trouble coping, you had to snap out of it or push through, on your own or with God's help. Therapy was for other folks.  I know some of you must heard this [...]

Rising Rates of Black Teen Suicides: What Can Parents Do?

For years many of us have heard (and said) that Black people don't commit suicide.  But the data on this reveal an alarmingly different truth, especially about our young people.  Over the last 10 years, the suicide rate for Black teens 15-17 has increased drastically, from an overall rate of 3.9 suicides per 100,000 per year in 2007 to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]