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Getting Smart About Art with Franklin Sirmans

Why show art to an infant?  Why should we encourage our children to “get lost” in paintings? What’s the art and social justice connection? Who are some of the African-American artists whose work we and our children should get to know?  This week on the Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis podcast, Franklin Sirmans, director of Pérez Art [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem

Even if you missed yesterday's inauguration, odds are you've already heard about Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old poet who was a star at the inaugural ceremony.  The amazing Ms. Gorman read her poem "The Hill We Climb" as the world watched in awe.  Her words, her imagery, her poise, her eloquence, and the joy in her delivery captivated [...]

GCP Recap and More!

As we say our final goodbyes to 2020 (and not a moment too soon), the latest podcast episode, The GCP 2020 Recap, went live today.  In it we cover the road to our launch in midyear 2020, explore some of the themes and lessons from our 2020 podcasts, and offer some hints of what's ahead for 2021.   You can [...]

Building On A Legacy of Activism : Keisha Sutton-James

It's a family affair this week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis, as we feature my cousin, producer and political & social activist Keisha Sutton-James.  Keisha talks about the important lessons she learned growing up with her grandfather, civil rights leader, politician and businessman Percy E. Sutton, how they shaped her life and how she shares these [...]

Holidays in the Time of Covid: Dr. Victor Carrion

Excited for the holidays?  Not Really?  This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis features child and adolescent psychiatrist and our resident stress expert, Stanford University’s Dr. Victor Carrion!  Listen to our conversation to hear advice on how to get our families and ourselves through this pandemic holiday season. Hear him explain why we need to take [...]

Meet Superhero Parents Clay Armbrister and Denise McGregor Armbrister

This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis  you'll hear the inspirational story of the Armbrister family.  Johnson C. Smith University President Clarence “Clay” Armbrister and his wife, former banking executive Denise McGregor Armbrister, share their triumphs and challenges raising a family of five which includes children with special needs and two adopted siblings.  You'll learn how [...]

Mothers and Daughters with Lynn Whitfield

This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis I'm talking about Mothers and Daughters with Emmy award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield.   You can hear this episode on  Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and many other podcast spots, as well as here on the Ground Control Parenting blog. In this episode Lynn reflects on the wonderful complexities of mothers and daughters, realized even [...]

Black Mom Wisdom from LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Pauletta Washington!!!

As we continue with Season 2 of the  Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis podcast, this week brings us some amazing Black Mom Wisdom from acclaimed actors and good friends LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Pauletta Washington. You can hear it on  Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and many other podcast spots, as well as here on the Ground Control [...]

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Let’s Talk History

  Today is Indigenous People's Day, the holiday also known as Columbus Day. While many of us were taught in elementary school that "Columbus discovered America" in 1492, we now know that Christopher Columbus never set foot on what we know as the United States. Moreover, when he and his Spanish army got to the Caribbean islands in 1492 [...]

How Are Your Kids Doing in School These Days?

Parents, how are things going on the schooling front? Whether your child is remotely learning from home or is back in the classroom, no doubt you are front and center in how he or she is doing.  We've focused on parent self-care to make sure that you're good; now it is time to check in on the children.  Here [...]