Wash Your Hands, Please

Special thanks to the creative team at Anthill Studios for making this wonderful video teaching young children the basics of staying safe during the #Coronavirus pandemic.

Dear Essential Services Workers: We See You…

It has been humbling to watch healthcare and other designated essential services professionals living through the most challenging health crisis in our lifetime. Many of you are exhausted, frustrated and overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of caring for the sick and dying as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  And when you get home you…

Ask Dr. Marta About Staying Connected While Social Distancing

I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter and that we all continue finding ways to keep our spirits lifted up during this time of social distancing. Today, I thought I’d take a few moments to share a bit of the behind the scenes with me and my family as we work through quarantine just like…

Raising Resilient Children in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

With so much talk around the world related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, I thought it might be useful to share an article I came across for parents who may be concerned about the mental and emotional impacts of these uncertain times on their kids. Please stay safe everyone and don’t forget to make…

RESILIENCE 101: YOU’VE GOT TO WALK THE WALK!

PART 1  |  PART 2  |  PART 3 In this series we will explore practical and effective strategies to encourage the development of resilience in our children.  To read PART 1 CLICK HERE. Resilience is considered  a key component for success due to the ability to overcome adversity and achieve one’s goals despite obstacles that…

Raising Kids with True Grit: The Power of Resilience

PART 1  |  PART 2  |  PART 3 There’s a topic that makes many educators and policy makers uncomfortable when it pops up.  So of course, I’m going to jump right into to it today because our kids need for us to confront this hard work for their sake.  One of the greatest fears parents…

The Parent Collective Part 3 Continued

There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering. Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the African American Museum of History and Culture Last week we explored the first two challenges identified by Lonnie Bunch to passing on…

How Can We Help Pass On African American History To Our Youth?

We’ve all seen it in the news or even in our communities. The discomfort that comes along with conversations about the telling of African American history. What does it mean for a young African American to lack exposure to the trials and triumphs of people who look like them?_With the opening of the African American…

The Parent Collective Part 3: Tell Them Who You Are!

This famous line from the very popular and highly successful movie Black Panther was a defining moment in the film. The lead character Prince T’Chala is facing what appears to be a humiliating defeat at the hands of a rival from a neighboring tribe. At the moment when it appears all is lost the Queen…

#TeamParent

🤝 Consider joining forces with folks you know and share the wealth! You are bound to have items your child no longer uses or has outgrown from toys to clothing and more. _ Do a regular purge and see how many items you can collect that can be traded for items your child really needs….

How To Make Story Time Work Well For Young Children AND YOU TOO

As we celebrate Black History Month and the lives and legacies of icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, we have a marvelous opportunity to share the stories of historic figures with young children in a way that is accessible, meaningful and lasting. That mechanism is called read alouds with children’s picture books.  When you’re standing…