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Virtual Learning and a Parent Super Power

Discipline, A Parent Super Power

Parents, students and school personnel survived the first week of school.  Congratulations to all of you.  

To the parents who opted to do virtual learning this semester, discipline is going to be your super power.  So what is discipline?  Getting up on time, have breakfast, get school dressed, have homework done and play attention as if your child was in class physically.  Parents must take the lead in this type of discipline.  If children  think they can negotiate with their parents to not complete assignments, not log on to their class or decide to play electronic games, you are losing.

Practice the FIVE

It's School Time! Make it a SAFE Year.

Parents it is time to send your children back to school.  This year is going to be different than ever before. Students will have anxieties about classes, meeting new classmates, additionally this year safety is at the forefront.  Begin talking with your children about hygiene issues.  Of course bathing, fresh clothing, brushing teeth and now doing The Five.  These five behaviors can keep your child safe.  

In school, students practice fire drills.  These exercises help children get out of dangerous environments.  At home, practice The Five:  Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, Don't touch your face, stay 6 feet apart and if your child is feeling sick, please keep them home.



1. Never shake a man’s hand, sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or don’t play at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

Police & Youth Encounter

Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival 
1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed.
2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.
3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police.
4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court.

Racism and Children of Color

Racism and Children of Color
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, “Racism is a socially transmitted disease passed down through generations.” racism is a pervasive social issue that plays a large role in the environment, children grow up in, the quality of their schools, the air they breathe, the water they drink.  Thus, Racism affects children physically, economically, emotionally, socially and in so many other ways. Children who grow up in neighborhoods exposed to lead, food, desserts, violence are more likely to engage negatively with the police, experience health issues such as asthma, obesity, childhood cancer and diabetes.

Summer fun with a dose of safety

While school is out for the summer, it can be a great time to prepare your children for school in the fall.  The coming year will be a challenge for parents, teachers and students.  There is just a lot of uncertainty.  Will school open as we know it?  Will there be a schedule shift such as alternate days for half the class, a shorter day, etc.?

Now is the time to prepare your children for a different type of school experience.  Have your children been wearing masks?  If not, let them start wearing mask when they are out.

Understanding Me Through Books

Children Books On Race & Inclusion

Why is Nita Upside Down? By Roxana Bouwer, Sarah Bouwer, Emma Hearne
Sometimes, we fear that others won’t accept us because of the things that make us unique – whether we look different to others, think differently, or have other interests. The reality is that everyone of us is different in some way, and that is our strength. This short picture book is a celebration of dark-skinned bodies of all kinds.

In Skin We Are In,

It's Break Time!!

Stressed out?  It's Break Time!!

A sincere hand clap goes out to all  parents.  You have become the teacher, the cheerleader, a full time cook and housekeeper, while still holding down your job.

It's break time!  While it might be difficult to take a real break, think of ways you might  sneak in a little "me time".  A cup of coffee, a glass of lemonade, a crossword puzzle, a little dance, a silly song, things to lift your spirits.  If you can't get away for a few minutes, engage the kids in a fun event with you,  This could even mean to drop everything and head for the door.

To My Children onMother's Day

To My Children: I am blessed to have heard from you all today and everyone was well and not in trouble.  That’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever.  I would like to thank each of you for allowing me to have such an active part in your life.  I literally mean that.  I remember entertaining your friends at our house as that was the place to go for food and fun.  Allowing me to be a short order cook.  Everyone had to have a different dish for dinner.  Going on all those school trips. Especially the time I went to the Zoo with Chris class.  I had dressed inappropriately for the weather. I guessed that was pay back for going on that trip.   I talked the teacher into allowing me to go on the trip with the class.  I warned her that if anything happened to any of the kids, I would hold her responsible.  She made room for me on the bus.  We went to the Zoo in Ann Harbor, Michigan.  I had on fancy shoes and a light jacket that day in March. Not so wise a choice.  However, I survived an achy body and bruised feet, but enjoyed the trip. If I had not been at the Zoo, I would have been the best dressed mom on the trip.  However, getting back to exercising:  I was the main taxi cab driver for you guys to school;  being PTA president, participating in the fundraiser, monitoring homework assignments, going to all those recitals, Tae Kwon Do classes, dance classes, football games, and so on.  Then in the summers, we came to North Carolina, where I inherited my nieces and nephews. We went so many places all summer long.  People thought I operated a Day Care Center.  So you can see exercising can be more than pumping iron.  I know Moms all over can say, been there, done that!  “Happy Me Day” and Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Sticks, Stones and Bones

Stop!  Think Before You Speak:  Words Can Hurt
Ugly, fatso, stupid, fag, nappy, black, nerd, weird, bad, lazy, crybaby, dummy, loser, moron, sissy, chicken, etc.  What do these words have in common?  They are small words, with big implications.  They hurt!  Children were taught, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt.” However, they can surely break hearts.  The truth is, harsh and mean spirited words can be just as deadly to our self esteem as weapons drawn against us.