Posts in category "Youth"

A family that stands for nothing, falls for anything; What are your family's core values?

A family that stands for nothing, falls for anything; What are your family's core values?
A family that stands for nothing, falls for anything. What are your family’s core values? That was the question I posed to people at the Soulful Chicago Book Fair 2016, a premier book fair for Chicago authors of color.  It was the first book fair for my newly released parenting guide, “Raising Hell or Raise... Read more »

Jesse Williams' Speech at the BET Awards: A Black Parent's Perspective

Jesse Williams' Speech at the BET Awards: A Black Parent's Perspective
I don’t do BET often. In fact, it had been close to a decade since I watched the network channel. I felt I grew out of it, put away childish things and settled on networks like OWN and the History Channel. But last night was an exception. The BET Awards was doing a Prince tribute... Read more »

She called her baby a bitch.

She called her baby a bitch.
My family and I were walking out of the convention hall after spending a couple of hours at the annual car show. Hundreds of people were entering and exiting. A family of six briskly followed the herd in front of us. Two women, one twenty-something, the other early 40’s, had four kids under twelve in... Read more »
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This Blog vs. that Book

This Blog vs. that Book
I’m guilty as charged.  I sacrificed the upkeep of this blog to finish writing a book; a parenting book that is, aptly named Raising Hell or Raise Them Well. My feverish quest to complete the thing forced me to keep this blog in semi-limbo. But I’ve been writing and rewriting this book for well over... Read more »

Losing It.

Losing It.
Losing it. How do you control what is going on in your life when you are left with no steering wheel? Not being in control is an issue for many of us, especially when it comes to raising your kids. They can piss you off. Sometimes that piss gets a little “stanky”. The toddler years... Read more »

I Am Mother Nurture

I Am Mother Nurture
I am Mother Nurture. I’m good at it. I’m excellent at listening to your problems, giving you insightful yet honest advice, holding your hand, hugging and empathizing. I’m so good, sometimes I offer it without you asking. Not trying to be bossy or controlling. I just want to help. Take it easy with me. My... Read more »
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I Wish My Parents Knew...

I Wish My Parents Knew...
Did you read about the Denver teacher, Kyle Schwartz who devised a unique way to get to know her students better? She asked her children to complete the sentence, “I Wish My Teacher Knew…”  Schwartz received some honest and heart felt responses such as, “I wish my teacher knew… I have no friends to play with.”... Read more »

Learning history from Jet magazine under my Granny's shadow

Learning history from Jet magazine under my Granny's shadow
Jet magazine was my childhood encyclopedia to real black life. I still  remember the smell of pecans and walnuts in the wooden drawer of the inlay vanity in my Great Granny’s room. Yes, the smell of it with faint perfume of a bygone era, mixed with bobby pins cloaked me in a wave of bittersweet... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Little League: Chicago Champions or Target Practice?

Jackie Robinson West Little League: Chicago Champions or Target Practice?
This wonderful photograph of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, out of uniform, is making its rounds on the Internet. Their smiling faces grace the pages of the December issue of Chicago Magazine, with the distinctive honor of being named “Chicagoans of the Year 2014”. Congratulations to them! These kids remind me of the... Read more »
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Let's Celebrate, National Be Kind to Black Men Day

Let's Celebrate, National Be Kind to Black Men Day
Given the state of our national affairs, I propose a new holiday, “National Be Kind to Black Men Day”. Why? It seems like Black men are the new target in America. Oh! let me take that back. They aren’t the new target,  They have always been the target. But we’re in the new millennium, so... Read more »
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    I pursued a satisfying career in the advertising industry, served as a volunteer mentor and parent educator at my two (now grown up) sons' schools and have actually stayed happily married for over a quarter of a century. However, my most gratifying achievement was raising my sons well. I'm not saying there wasn't a little bit of hell raising going on, but you live and learn. Now I'm passing the knowledge on to you. My goal is to turn these nuggets of wisdom into reference books for parents.

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