Signs of Cell Phone Addiction: Could it be Straining Your Parent-Child Relationship?


Do you unlock your cell phone every 10 to 30 minutes? Does being away from your phone make you anxious? If you can honestly answer true to these questions, it’s possible that you could benefit from a cell phone hiatus. I’m not innocent of being glued to the cell phone—spending time texting, surfing timelines, playing games and etc. are all pretty harmless and fun. Continue reading Signs of Cell Phone Addiction: Could it be Straining Your Parent-Child Relationship?

The Balancing Game


While stepping out in my backyard yesterday, I noticed one thing. It was quiet. I mean there was no other noise besides the trees swaying and the sound of a few cars driving by from holiday traveling. The moment reminded me of one of my grandmother’s “southern gal” expressions that always brought me to tears of laughter. “It’s quieter than a mouse pissing on cotton,” she would say. Continue reading The Balancing Game

Author Eileen Riley-Hall Shares Her Story: Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum


High school English teacher and mom Eileen Riley-Hall co’ taught autistic children in college summer camp and has worked with special needs students for over 25 years. However, she had never suspected her own daughters’ diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Continue reading Author Eileen Riley-Hall Shares Her Story: Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum

Redshirting: does it work? Education Professionals Share Their Views on Keeping Children Back from Kindergarten


At one point, if parents so much as thought that their child would be held back in school, it wouldn’t have been a pretty picture. Apparently, the idea of holding children back has expanded in meaning over the years and has become an increasingly popular trend for parents of preschool aged children who prefer them to be the oldest in their classes–This term for this is redshirting. Continue reading Redshirting: does it work? Education Professionals Share Their Views on Keeping Children Back from Kindergarten

Where are we 100 Years Later?


“How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mother’s names.” ~ Alice Walker.

When Author Alice Walker wrote this statement as part of an essay, Search of Our Mother’s Garden, she was referring to the act of identifying ourselves by learning who our biological mothers and grandmothers are. This serves true in knowing about your past as a woman as well.
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First Lady Michelle Obama writes to CNN: “Working Together for the Health of America’s Children”


First Lady Michelle Obama writes, special to CNN, about the progress that she’s seen since the launch of her nationwide initiative, Let’s Move last year. It was designed to end America’s childhood obesity epidemic that affects nearly one in three of our children. Continue reading First Lady Michelle Obama writes to CNN: “Working Together for the Health of America’s Children”

All Star Talent Show Network Encourages Inner-City Youth To Dream Big


Senior Program Manager Nichelle Brown spends much of her time volunteering and teaching performing arts and life skills to inner-city youth at the All Star Talent Show Network in New Jersey (ASTSN). “A lot of young people don’t dream anymore,” said Brown who joined the All Star performing arts program as a rap-artist and single mother on Welfare from Far Rockaway, Queens 21 years ago. Continue reading All Star Talent Show Network Encourages Inner-City Youth To Dream Big