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An Adoption Journey with Caroline Clarke

In this week's episode, My Adoption Journey, author, journalist and broadcaster Caroline Clarke discusses her accidental discovery of and reunion with her birth mother–Cookie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole–and its impact on her existing and newly expanded family. Caroline tells this story in her memoir Postcards from Cookie, and in our conversation she reveals additional details not captured in the [...]

Celebrating Black History Month 2021

Here at GCP we celebrate Black History every month. But since today is the first day of the "official" Black History Month (which was established in 1967 by President Gerald Ford), we are offering a few great ways for your family to place a special focus on Black History this month. 1. Talk about your Family History. If your [...]

Making The Best of It with Nancy Redd

In this week's podcast episode, Making the Best of It with Nancy Redd, best-selling author and on-air host Nancy Redd talks about the values that stem from her Southern roots and shares some of the unexpected silver linings which have emerged from months of quarantining with her husband and their 9 & 6 year olds. You'll hear how she [...]

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 [...]