Uh, Wal-Mart?

  • March 17, 2013
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The strawberries, in the regular plastic box with a lid, were 99 cents for the one-pound container. Ah, yes, they were fresh with bright green tops and they cost me half the price  I would have paid had I bought them down the street at the other store where people…

You Wanna Take This Outside?

  • March 9, 2013
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A perfect story for this March, which has been designated “National Parenting Awareness Month,” is the South Central Los Angeles mom who, with her two daughters, assaulted the younger daughter’s teacher on the campus of John Muir Middle School. Kiki Fowler, the 33-year-old mom, is reported to have led the…

Being Tough Gets The Job Done

  • March 2, 2013
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Juan Martinez, the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias murder trial, ought to be seen as a role model for every home in America where parents are raising children. “He don’t take no stuff,” remarked the young adult in my household as the man paced back and forth while hammering away…

Parenting Horror Stories

  • February 23, 2013
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Some years ago, an audience participant on our Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith Cable TV show proclaimed, “ You need a driver’s license to drive. You need a license to own a dog. . . “ Of course she went on to wonder why society doesn’t have some similiar regulation…

Black History Marches Through Your Town

  • February 9, 2013
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It’s not real smart for today’s black parents to rely on February as the month their children get to find out who they are, and, most likely, the scant amount of information the kids get exposed to isn’t coming from their homes. It doesn’t matter how many marching bands wearing colorful…

Ask Your Preacher Man About The New Jim Crow

  • February 2, 2013
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Some years ago, during the late 1960s, my younger sister, who at the time was attending UCLA’s law school, was part of a project that took her to one of California’s state prisons for men.She said she saw why she and other black women her age had trouble finding men…

Birds Do It, Why Don’t We?

  • January 26, 2013
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It’s referred to as the “Empty Nest Syndrome” –  the kids leave home and the parents, well, let’s get real, here, Mom doesn’t know what to do with herself.Those mothers who still have the luxury of being a stay-at-home mom get a little bit of sympathy from me, but those…

Black History Meets Art Linkletter

  • January 21, 2013
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’Twas Art Linkletter who  let it be known that “kids say the darndest things.” On this Martin Luther King Jr.. holiday weekend, Linkletter’s classification brings me to think about a darndest and how it evolved into an Oprah Winfrey “aha” moment. Just what would we do if it weren’t for the celebrities helping…

Family Resolutions

  • January 4, 2013
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This may well turn out to be the best story of 2013. While I bear the burden of not giving the new year a chance to unfold, the story of the year I’m going with is the family that gathered together on New Year’s Eve and made joint resolutions. Not…

Raising Kids For Prison

  • November 15, 2012
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The young lady on the Cleveland RTA  bus plain ol’ wasn’t up to obeying what the  driver told her to do. When he finally decked her, yes, an upper-cut to the jaw, she was still being defiant and yelling that her mama and her boyfriend were gonna kick his ass.…

Because I Said So!

I’m not quite sure why so many parents want to believe today’s kids are different.  Now, if they were claiming kids are fatter than they were  a few years ago, that’s a position with supports.According to research, almost 60% of children in America are obese. The rate of overweight children…

Tough Times Require Tough Changes

Times are tough and some folks recognize that their everyday spending habits need to be reigned in. It sounded as though the woman was saying something about the economy was in trouble.  She was strolling down a grocery aisle pushing an overloaded shopping cart while, of course, chatting on her…