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Thoughtful Thursday: Parenting Hopes and Promises

This first Thoughtful Thursday of 2019 features parenting poems by a variety of African-American poets. Parenting is the initial 2019 topic for two reasons: I have spent a deliciously extended time with my grown-up children over this break, so I have been in everyday parenting mode more so than usual; and the year began with […]

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Ground Control Parenting 2019: New Look, Same Goals!

Happy New Year, GCP’ers!! Hope you had fun welcoming in 2019 and that it will be a healthy and fulfilling year for you all. 2019 will bring a fresh look for www.groundcontrolparenting.com (coming soon, I promise!), a more concerted effort to grow the blog, and a recommitment to staying focused on how to be the […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: The New Year’s Edition

It’s the last Thoughtful Thursday of 2018! (Never mind that it is making its appearance on Friday; in 2019 we will do better.) Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features New Year’s poems. We begin with “Song for the New Year” by Eliza Cook, which reminds us to be thankful and hopeful as we move into a new […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: The Christmas Edition

Merry Christmas! This being the last Thursday before Christmas, this Thoughtful Thursday brings Christmas poetry to get us all into the spirit of the holidays. “Christmas Eve: Nearing Midnight in New York” by Langston Hughes (1902-1967) describes how “the city that never sleeps” settles down to await Christmas morning. Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906) gives us […]

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Books for Boys for Christmas

Scrambling to finish your Christmas shopping this week? Why not add some books for all the boys on your list? We need to encourage young boys to read more. In Scholastic’s 2016 survey of over 2000 U.S. children ages 6-17, boys were found to spend less time reading than girls. Forty-five percent of boys questioned […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Football Season

On Monday and Thursday nights and weekend afternoons during football season, there is always a game on in my house. While I am not a fan, many men in my life (father, husband, sons) have been, and so I appreciate that it is a sport that means a lot to so many. I am delighted […]

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Parenting and Social Media: Are You a Peacock or an Ostrich?

Do you have an Instagram account? Is it filled with selfies, pictures of you partying with friends, inspirational messages, and clever hashtags? Do you have loads of followers and regularly get tons of “likes” and supportive messages? Are you a regular Facebook poster, frequently sending messages about the latest trip, party, or source of political […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Winter Poetry

Winter is on its way, and if you are on the East Coast, baby, it’s cold outside! Today’s Thoughtful Thursday ushers in December with a group of great winter poems. First up is “Winter Trees”, by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), an ode to the beauty of a winter forest. In “Those Winter Sundays” Robert Hayden […]

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Time to Focus on Summer Plans

Summer camp planning in December? Yes! It is not too early to start thinking about what your children will be doing in the summer of 2019. Camps start filling their spaces in January, and camp consultants are already hosting events this month to introduce parents to a variety of summer opportunities for children. Tips on […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Martin Espada

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features the poetry of Martin Espada (b. 1957), an award-winning Latino poet, essayist and author who has written extensively about the pursuit of social justice. Espada was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is of Puerto Rican descent. His father Frank Espada was a community organizer and civil rights activist who […]

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