5 Things That Six Months of Pandemic Parenting Have Cleared My Vision to See

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Last year, if someone had told me that we would be living in a pandemic for one week, I would have laughed at the impossibility. Yet, here we are six months since I heard about the first United States Covid-19 case … still limited on daily activities, due to covid. Still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that covid is real. Still adjusting to the new normal. Still wondering how long can this possibly last.

When Covid-19 caused schools, businesses, and overall the economy to pause, I found myself at home, sheltering in place, forced to balance my…


The power of reframing

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Is the glass half full or half-empty? Are you an optimist or pessimist? Do you allow defeat to dominate your thoughts? There is power in positivity! Sure, we all will experience trials and tribulations in life. It’s not about the challenges, but how you persevere. Do you allow a situation to dictate your destiny or do you get stronger and learn from every experience? No matter what you have been through in your life, you can choose to frame experiences to see the good. You are alive, with breath in your lungs.

That’s a reason to celebrate!

If you can see, hear, walk and talk…


Why we must do more than just Say Their Names

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The crowd chanted: Say His Name … George Floyd.

The post shared read: Rest in Power … Breonna Taylor.

The hashtag went viral: #irunwithmaud to bring attention to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

His life mattered! Her life mattered! Their lives Mattered! Our Lives Matter!

Is talking enough? Is protesting enough? Are the hashtags enough? Is Saying Their Names Enough? We yell Black Lives Matter! You see the signs posted around town. We add the hashtag. When yet another black or brown life is prematurely taken, their name and photograph go viral. We “Say Their Names”! We fight and plead…


COVID-19 and Educational Inequity.

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Covid-19 has forced us to reimagine how we do business and education. Zoom calls, virtual learning, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams…these have become the new normal. In March of 2020, when Covid-19 caused many schools to close, educators were forced to make immediate adjustments moving all instruction to the virtual and remote spaces. This proved challenging for some educators, administrators, students, and parents. Some working parents had to balance homeschooling and their remote jobs. Other working parents had to scramble to find childcare as they were still required to work outside of the home and try to balance virtual learning for…


A Black Woman’s Open Response

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Why are we so excited that Senator Kamala Harris was selected as the running mate for presidential nominee Joe Biden? We are excited because this pick is larger than just a pick. This pick represents years of struggle. This is for every black girl and woman who has ever been told that she cannot do something. It’s for every black woman who has diminished themselves in hope of not being viewed as an angry black woman. This pick is for every black girl or woman who has remained quiet in the hope of not offending others or making others feel…


My son reminds us — and the world — that George Floyd’s life matters.

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On May 25, 2020, the world witnessed a public lynching when officer Derek Chauvin decided to be the judge and jury and kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 8 long minutes of Mr. Floyd’s pleading for breath and calling for his mother and Chauvin’s outright disregard for life! Sure we have all heard about police brutality and other injustices, but why was this time different? Why did we do more than just add George Floyd’s name to the long list of victims? Perhaps it’s because we got to see this murder in real-time…

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