Standing To The Left

While we were in D.C., we had to watch the girls in new ways. The Metro presented all kinds of problems. Escalators. Train tracks. Rush hour. My biggest fear was that one of us would be on the train while the rest of us were on the platform. It didn’t happen. Commuters were our biggest […]

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Integrated Prom

UPDATE: Author Farai Chideya is asking folks who support the integrated prom to suggest on Twitter entertainers who should consider playing the prom. Use #playintegratedprom for your suggestions.  Two black students and two white students are organizing the first integrated prom at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Ga. A biracial student tried to attend the […]

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D.C. With Kids

  Visiting Washington, D.C. is an affordable trip for families. Many of the attractions are free, and the Metro makes it easy to get around. I thought it would be a great learning experience for the girls, with some mild weather and Cherry Blossoms thrown in. We scored on our first goal but not our […]

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Good Read

  When I was a kid, the very most we did for St. Patrick’s Day was wear green. That way, the kid standing behind me at lunchtime couldn’t pinch me. St. Patrick’s Day is far more involved than that. Parents are now pretending to be leprechauns, leaving clues that the little green man has visited […]

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Top Child

The authors of NurtureShock, who revealed strategies parents use to nurture their children can fail, are back with a new work called Top Dog. This time around Authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explore what it takes to raise successful children.  Most of us want to raise confident and smart children, but the authors have learned […]

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Lean In

Okay, okay, I am definitely going to pick up or download Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. There’s been such hoopla about it that I just have to see for myself what the fuss is all about. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, “examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and […]

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Word Police

The other day I called someone or something stupid. The word slipped out of my mouth and I was on to the next sentence when the Word Police sounded the alarm. “You said the s-word,” Simone and Nadia said in unison. My girls tend to think that if they can’t say something that means we […]

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3 Natural Tips

1. Buy your own. The only way to know what’s in hair and beauty products is to buy ingredients yourself. No, it may not be any cheaper, but the peace of mind is priceless. Skin is our largest organ, and the scalp takes a lot of abuse when we slather on store bought products without […]

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Good Read

This New York Times op-ed made me think, and I am tucking it away for future reads. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic, writes about his reaction after actor Forest Whitaker was accused of shoplifting and frisked by an employee at a deli the essayist frequents. Check it out.

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