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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 [...]

Is Your Son a Reluctant Reader? This Can Help!

Is your son in grades K-5 a reluctant reader?  David Banks, leader of the Eagle Academy network of all-boy public schools, wants to help him learn to love reading.   Frustrated by the dismal national reading stats for African American and Hispanic boys (only 28%  African American and 34% Hispanic fourth grade boys are reading at or above proficiency level, [...]

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 [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Soon It Will Be Christmas Day!!

In less than a week Christmas will be here!  In celebration, today's Thoughtful Thursday brings some of our favorite Christmas poetry.  First we have the glorious "Christmas Carol" from Paul Laurence Dunbar,  followed by the delightful "[little tree]" by e.e. cummings.  We end with the traditional crowd favorite, "Twas the Night Before Christmas", which, depending upon which scholars you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]