Category: Raising Families

Our Babies, Our Legacy, Our Gratitude

Our Babies, Our Legacy, Our Gratitude

| November 19, 2016 | Reply

Dear Darius, Nia and Layla, Another year has flown by and we are now on the verge of welcoming 2017. All three of you, at different levels, continue to grow and mature, solidifying your personalities and testing your limits along the way. Your childhoods, although stable, have been impacted by trends and changes that we […]

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Loving Our Laylabug: The Life She Has, The Future We Want

Loving Our Laylabug: The Life She Has, The Future We Want

| May 19, 2016 | 1 Reply

Flowers, breakfast in bed, handmade cards and a trip to my favorite bookstore: simple pleasures and affection from my family made my Mother’s Day joyous and next weekend, we look forward to yet another milestone: the birthday of Baby Girl on May 21st. With Darius’ graduation and the girls’ annual dance recital just around the […]

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Little Pitchers, Big Ears: A Daughter’s Letter To Chocolate Mama

Little Pitchers, Big Ears: A Daughter’s Letter To Chocolate Mama

| June 18, 2014 | Reply

Let’s keep it real up in here Friends: parenting is an exhilarating, yet EXHAUSTING task. The chores are many and the work is repetitive, so sometimes you can wonder if what you’re doing, saying or speaking day in and day out is actually being received and/or making a difference. Apparently, it does…..and this letter offers […]

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Too Cute, Too “Strong”: The DMN Briefing “Jupiter Strong” Book Series Q&A

Too Cute, Too “Strong”: The DMN Briefing “Jupiter Strong” Book Series Q&A

| October 11, 2013 | 4 Replies

Jupiter Strong, in many ways, is a typical five-year-old. She’s the youngest of three, has a big imagination, loves Mommy and Daddy and enjoys interacting with the world around her. Jupiter is a fictional leading lady of a children’s book series and made her national debut almost six months ago with the tale of her […]

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Consequences & Repercussions: The Societal Significance of Chosen Names

Consequences & Repercussions: The Societal Significance of Chosen Names

| September 27, 2013 | Reply

Nia brought home an intriguing assignment weeks after becoming a second grader. A note from her homeroom teacher came attached with a worksheet and detailed a lesson using Kevin Henkes’ book, “Chrysanthemum.” The lesson was intended to help learn classmates’ names while also demonstrating the harm of teasing: “In ‘Chrysanthemum,’ a little mouse is given […]

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Sex As A Weapon: ‘Blameless’ Boys, ‘Guilty’ Girls & One Misguided Mom

Sex As A Weapon: ‘Blameless’ Boys, ‘Guilty’ Girls & One Misguided Mom

| September 13, 2013 | 1 Reply

Last week, Darius turned in his first assignment for World History class, a project requiring him to assemble top news stories from the year he was born. In newspaper format, my son listed 1997’s hottest film (“Titanic”), the price of gas ($1.22 a gallon!) and the fact that William Jefferson Clinton took his second oath […]

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Sugar, Spice & Navigating” Nice”: Raising Well-Balanced Girls

Sugar, Spice & Navigating” Nice”: Raising Well-Balanced Girls

| August 9, 2013 | Reply

Every year, our oldest daughter Nia prepares weeks in advance for the first day of school. The backpack jammed full of notebooks and school supplies waits by the door, her new outfit is assembled nearby and she’s eager to meet her new teacher, familiar classmates and the challenges of a higher grade. Aside from the […]

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Action, Not Avoidance: Keeping Kids Away From Bullies And Bullying

Action, Not Avoidance: Keeping Kids Away From Bullies And Bullying

| July 26, 2013 | Reply

Back in February, I expounded on discovering that my then first-grader, Nia, was being bullied by a transfer student I referred to as “Eric.” After discovering that his misbehavior was escalating instead of improving, I had a phone conference with Nia’s homeroom teacher and was advised that the issue would soon be resolved. However, despite […]

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