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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 »

A Trip Through Self-Publishing Hell

A Trip Through Self-Publishing Hell
After over five years, five drafts, four (+) proofs, three speaking engagements, four months past due, my book, “Raising Hell or Raise Them Well” is finally being printed. It hasn’t arrived on my doorstep just yet, but I’m hoping the midnight prayers,  encouraging vibes from customers, friends and family and the mere fact that I’m... Read more »
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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 »

The whitewashing of slavery in our schools. I've seen it myself. VIDEO

The whitewashing of slavery in our schools. I've seen it myself. VIDEO
Parents, do you know what your schools are teaching about slavery? What do you know about it? Do you think it is a valuable part of American history or a cruel and painful period that should be minimized or forgotten for the sake of “moving on”? The movie “12 Years a Slave” [See video below]... Read more »

Parent advice: Get a life.

If your life is your kids and your kids are your life, it’s hard to see them grow up, because they inevitably grow away from you. I had to come to that conclusion when my two sons declared in rehearsed synchronized unison that they no longer wanted to go to the museum with me anymore.... Read more »
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A tale of two gay moms: A black Christian family's encounter

A tale of two gay moms: A black Christian family's encounter
This is a tale of two gay moms, a straight black Christian family and the Bible’s teachings on judgment. In the mid-nineties my family moved to the community of our dreams, Oak Park IL, land of beautiful historic homes, good schools and a healthy dose of black folks to make us feel at home. The... Read more »

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary or drive-by in the 'hood, we must stop the killing.

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary or drive-by in the 'hood, we must stop the killing.
Hell was raised in horrific fashion early today as children and adults were viciously massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.  The gunman Adam Lanza, age 20, dressed in military gear and armed with an assault rifle and two pistols, entered the school, killing the principal and other faculty members; then stormed... Read more »

WTH! Your voting-age kids aren’t voting?!!

WTH! Your voting-age kids aren’t voting?!!
Raising Hell: When you neglect to teach your children the importance of voting. Raising Them Well: When voting is emphasized in the household, whether they chose to exercise that right or not. A group of young people were visiting my sons one evening and started talking about the election. Two men in their twenties revealed... Read more »
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The teacher's strike is on, so whatcha gonna do with your kids?

The teacher's strike is on, so whatcha gonna do with your kids?
Raising Hell: Not giving priority to where your kids will be during the Chicago Teacher’s Strike Raising Them Well: Having a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C – or at least a plan in the making! Okay Chicago Parents, it’s official.  Teachers are striking, and you and your kids are left hangin’.  I know this is such a drag. 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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    Check out my other blogs: "Trending Over 40", An informational blog for those over 40 who find themselves social-media challenged, http://trendingover40.com "Black Copy" Reflections of a veteran ad chick, http://eldhughes.wordpress.com. You can find samples of my ad work on this site. Simply click on TV and Print tabs. Also check out my company, Hughes Who Productions http://hugheswhoproductions.com. We develop games and animation for casinos, marketers and educational institutions. Thank you for your interest. Blessings... Edye
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