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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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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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