Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace By Mary Hoffman Simone received this book as a gift. Until then, I had not heard the story of Grace, a little girl who doesn’t let anyone deter her from her dream. When Grace’s teacher decides the class will present Peter Pan, Grace knows which role she would like to play. One child […]

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Strong Ties

We have two beds for the girls; they pile into one. When you find one child, the other is not far away. Simone warns Nadia about danger; Nadia follows Simone’s direction. We have separate clothes for each; they leave the house dressed alike on most days.  What we do for one, we do for the […]

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Simone, Cars, and Race

I wish Simone had not made the observation. Brown people, she told me, drive old cars. I looked at Ken with a raised eyebrow. He was not surprised because Simone had told him about her observation a few weeks earlier. When he relayed her message to me, I thought about one of my biggest fears […]

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Good Read

Curly hair has character. Still, I understand some find it confusing. I regularly check CurlyNikki.com. This post by the Curl Whisperer struck a chord with me because it has some solid tips about how to help curly kids love their hair. Enjoy.

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Manipulating Parents

Help – My Kid Is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents And What You Can Do About It By David Swanson Simone and Nadia manipulate us on a daily basis. I think children come preprogrammed like a computer. There is the whine software, the beg application, and the cry database. That said, the […]

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Race Chat

Annette Gordon-Reed has written extensively about one of the earliest interracial relationships in America. Reed won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” (2002). She is also the author of “Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History.” This Washington Post chat gives readers a glimpse into her research about […]

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Missing Home

Long showers. Uninterrupted sleep. Tranquil silence. I took those for granted before having children. They also are the luxuries I experience while traveling. So, why am I longing for short showers, an elbow in my side, squeals of delight? Because it’s normal. Whenever I leave, I love the showers, sleep, and silence at first, and […]

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Bye, Summer

Saying good-bye to the heat has not been a problem for me. Good-bye, 90-degree days. Good-bye, sweating. Good-bye, air conditioner.  It is different for Simone and Nadia. They don’t want to say good-bye to the playground, their bicycles, and the warm river waters. If summer is made for kids, fall is made for families. I […]

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