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Thoughtful Thursday: Crystal Williams and Marilyn Nelson

Today's Thoughtful Thursday features two award-winning African American female poets whose work is new to us, although these poets have been heralded for some time by (better read) poetry fans worldwide. Crystal Williams, a Detroit native, has written four award-winning poetry collections.  A graduate of NYU (undergrad) and Cornell University (M.F.A.), Williams has taught at several universities and managed [...]

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 [...]

Follow Ground Control Parenting on Instagram: @groundcontrolparenting

GCP's on IG! We want to expand the conversation about raising our boys of color–and our girls too– so we've just launched our Instagram account.  We'll post pics and thoughts about our brand of parenting, and we want to know your thoughts as well.  Please follow us at @groundcontrolparenting, and please post your comments (and likes!).  Hope to see [...]

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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 [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Honoring Veterans

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Veteran's Day  with two poems written by African American veteran Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)  about his Vietnam War service. Komunyakaa served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 as a correspondent; he was the managing editor of the Southern Cross during the Vietnam war, for which he was awarded a [...]

Educational Resources on Amazon.com

Ever wonder where to find high quality, teacher-tested educational materials online to help your child master a tough subject or learn more about a subject he or she loves?  You may soon need look no further than the site from which you can get just about anything else:  Amazon.com. Amazon Education has just launched "Amazon Ignite", an educational materials [...]

GCP Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Summer vacation is done (hope your family had a great one) and the school year has begun!  Don't know about you, but I love the back-to-school season.  A new year, a clean slate, a fresh start.  Here are some valuable GCP Back-to-school do's and don'ts  for you busy parents which will help your children begin the new school year in [...]

How Do We Talk To Our Children About These Latest Mass Shootings?

All hell broke loose, it seems, while  GCP was on vacation last week.  Not one but TWO mass shootings, where innocent victims were targeted by deranged shooters.  We experience the shock, anger, and helplessness of watching people's lives be cut tragically short at a community festival, at the local Walmart.  As adults we are shook to the core.  It's been [...]

GCP on “The Process”: College Admissions Questions Answered!

University of Pennsylvania Dean of Admissions Eric Furda hosts "The Process", a Sirius XM monthly show on college admissions, and I was his first guest for the July show.  It aired on Sunday morning, and if you missed it you can hear it at https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmentertainment/the-process-7-26-19 And what will you hear in my segment?  Lots of college admissions advice and tips. [...]

Your College Admissions Questions Answered by Experts: Here’s How

GCP parents, do you have a son or daughter thinking about college?  Want to have your burning questions about the college admissions process answered by a top college dean of admissions?  Then here is some exciting news:  This Friday, July 26, I am joining Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions of the University of Pennsylvania, as a guest on his Sirius XM Radio Show "The Process", which [...]