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School Year-End Tips

    School's out or almost out for most of our children. Reports cards have been issued or are on their way.  Your children are undoubtably relieved and happy that another school year is done, and everyone's thoughts are turning to summer vacation. But before you close the chapter on the last school year, why not spend some time [...]

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 [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Poetry For Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features works by LBGTQ poets.  Some of these poets have been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, like June Jordan (1936-2002) and Audrey Lorde (1934-1992), and others, like E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) and Blas Falconer, are new to these pages. The voice of the other, the ones less heard, is strong [...]

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" [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Commemorating Memorial Day

Happy Belated Memorial Day!  We are just a few days past the holiday, so on this Thoughtful Thursday we will extend the celebration with a few inspirational quotes honoring the men and women in the military who have died while serving our country. Have you talked with your children about the significance of Memorial Day, and how much the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Alabama, What Kind of Times Are These?

Alabama.  Yesterday Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that outlaws almost all abortions performed in the state. Doctors who perform abortions in Alabama now run the risk of arrest, felony conviction, and a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. As the New York Times recently noted, this sets up a direct challenge to Roe [...]

Help Children See Themselves in the Classroom with #ISeeMe!

Today DonorsChoose.org, the crowdfunding non-profit that supports public school teacher's classroom requests, announced their latest campaign: #ISeeMe, which is designed to mobilize support for teachers of color and inclusive learning materials in public school classrooms. Research has indicated that children learn best when they see themselves in the classroom materials as well as in the teachers leading their classes.  [...]

Happy Mother’s Day from Ground Control Parenting!

Happy Mother's Day! It's been a minute since the last post (a series of trips across and out of the country temporarily disrupted the posting schedule) but I wanted to be sure to check in today to wish all the GCP mom's, grandmoms, godmoms and aunties a very happy day.  Moms and Surrogate Moms, please be sure to take [...]