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It’s National Summer Learning Week! How Are You Celebrating?

National Summer Learning Week,  July 8 - 13,  is a celebration of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.  Established over 25 years ago by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), the celebration this year will have a daily focus on a different theme: [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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" [...]

Get a Jump on Helping Your Kids Avoid Summer Slide!

As school winds down for the year, now is the time to focus on how you can help your sons and daughters stay on top of their academic game throughout the summer.  As you probably know, when math and reading skills aren’t practiced over the summer, kids can lose 2 to 3 months of progress—that's the dreaded "Summer Slide".  [...]

Starting the College Search? Think About the 5 I’s

As the school year comes to an end, is it time for your high school son or daughter to start thinking about college?  We've got some tips on starting the process!  The course that I developed and taught at Hunter College in April,  "The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting",  continued its second two weeks with a focus on College [...]