The Tree of Life

I believe that many issues we have as adults stem from our childhood.  They can manifest in many different ways, maybe we are quick to anger, maybe we are constantly in and out of relationships, and maybe we find difficulty sustaining meaningful friendships.  If we really dug into our backgrounds, I believe we would find the cause or causes behind some of the issues that plague us as adults.  What we experience as children, what is poured into us, helps to shape who we will become as adults.

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It Takes a Village

This morning’s blog is about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart.  My next children’s book highlights how important it is for us to intervene in the lives of children.  Our very presence could change the trajectory of a child’s life.  Please read, I would ask that you consider the questions that I have posed, and become actively involved in the life of a youth that could use you in his/her village. 

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African-American Children Will Continue to Fall Behind, If Parents Don’t Do This…

By the time a child leaves Kindergarten, they are expected to be reading.  If a child leaves Kindergarten unable to read, they are already “behind”.  Another unfortunate fact is testing doesn’t begin at 3rd grade, it begins in kindergarten where many school districts administer the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy)  assessment to determine if a child has early mastered early learning concepts.  These assessments are considered to be early indicator for a child’s educational success.  Research shows that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time. 

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Four tips for parents to make this the best school year yet.

As an educator I find that parents are often under certain misconceptions about teachers and education.  I believe that these misconceptions also often lead to somewhat of a rift or disconnect between parents and teachers. These misconceptions also contribute to children receiving a less than adequate education.  Here are four tips for parents to help improve your child’s educational experience.

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How can I teach my son to be a man when I'm not a man?

There is an ongoing debate that happens every year near father’s day.  Some women like and appreciate being acknowledged on father’s day while others balk at the idea, and assert that they are mothers and want to be recognized as such.  Some women feel that because they took on the sole responsibility of parenting their children without the help of their children’s father that they acted as both mom and dad.  Yet other women feel that being a single mom does not qualify them as mom and dad.  I would fall in the latter of the two.  I raised my sons as a single mom for a great part of their childhood.

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