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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 [...]

Discovering “The Formula” to Raising Highly Successful Children

We've all heard about parenting styles that can hinder children's success: the over involved parent, the distracted parent, the super protective parent.  But are there parenting styles that can help children become highly successful adults?  According to Harvard economist Ronald Ferguson and journalist Tatsha Robertson's new book The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children, there are, and we [...]

Building Stronger Parent/Teacher Partnerships

Are you in partnership with your children's teachers to make sure your children are thriving in school?  In today's second session of "The Inside Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive from K-8", Lower school teacher Jennifer Vermont-Davis offered parents advice on how to establish  strong and productive relationships with teachers each year.  Here just are a few of her many [...]

Update on Tani the Chess Champion: More Good News

We were all heartened to learn how 8 year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi  became a state wide chess champion while living with his family in a homeless shelter. And now the news gets even better. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist who broke Tani's story, reports in a recent update that thanks to the generosity of people who read [...]

Tell Your Sons About Tani the New York State Chess Champion

Have you heard about the 8 year old Nigerian refugee living in a NYC homeless shelter who took first place in the NYS Scholastic Chess Championship for his age bracket? This is a story of hard work, perseverance, and kindness to share with your sons and daughters. Eight year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is known as Tani, came with [...]