WHO WE ARE
GCP is designed to support and inspire parents. Parenting is such a demanding job and our skills for this life-long position are mostly developed on-the-job. Many of us raise our children as we were raised (if we had good childhoods) or away from the way we were raised (if we didn’t), following our instincts and crossing our fingers along the way.
Here at GCP we believe a focused, conscious parenting approach is needed to best help our boys navigate their lives through their formative years and help us all deal with the issues of identity and education that often arise in the process. We are especially concerned about how we can help boys gain confidence in the face of societal biases and realize their academic potential.
The term “ground control” often refers to the airport crew that works on the runways to make sure planes are ready for takeoff. We don’t need to be helicopter parents, but we do need to be on the ground control crew making sure our boys have what they need for a successful takeoff. Ground Control Parenting wants to make sure that parents have the tools and support to help our boys soar.
I am Carol Sutton Lewis, founder of GCP. I have two sons and a daughter ranging in age from 19 to 26. I’m a lawyer and I spent the bulk of my children’s younger years researching parenting and education issues. Personally and through my children I have experienced public schools (regular and selective) and single sex private schools. I have over 22 years of experience focusing on educational and developmental issues affecting boys of color.
Over the course of these 22+ years I have been involved with many institutions that have helped hone my focus on child development and education. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Law School, and sit on boards of both of these schools. I am a former trustee of a K-12 boys private school in New York City. I also spent over 10 years in a parent group run by the leader of a highly respected early childhood program. While working with these groups hasn’t given me all of the answers, it has helped me to figure out the best places to find them.
So many GCP tips can apply to girls as well, and I encourage all parents of black and brown children to read and follow this blog. But parents of boys will be especially interested in our tips and resources. I hope you will join me in this quest to make sure we all do the best we can for our children.
Ground Control Parenting – Helping boys soar!