Category Archives: Children
Why my students need love as much as they do poetry (Essay 17 of 52)

Notes: My most recent column for National Catholic Reporter references the freshmen class I teach in Philadelphia, not to be…

A Letter to My Students on the Eve of their AP Exams (Essay 16 of 52)

I sent this letter via email to senior high school students I teach in Camden, NJ, earlier this month. If…

Jerk (An Angry Black Woman Poem)

Jerk[i] For Dejerria Becton, Niya Kenny, the friend she stood up for, and for all Black women in defense of…

Things I Learned in Girlhood

“There are all boys at Stephanie’s (invented name) house, so you can’t turn up like you do here. You have…

Something New for Easter

My church did Resurrection Sunday differently this year. The Drama Ministry and Choir conducted the whole service, except for the…

I Know I’ve Been Changed

One of the reasons I stopped working on my memoir was because when an agent strongly suggested I adapt my…

When the message reinforces fear

“If you had a little girl right now, how would you discipline her?” a friend asked me recently. “I don’t…

Public ‘Freedom’ and Private Consciousness

Do public celebrations commemorating emancipation, heritage and history help to instill a private consciousness in the people of the communities…

Her body, his seed, and patriarchal “rights”

I saw a lot of men up in arms on social media yesterday over a New Jersey Superior Court judge’s…

My Best Posts of 2013

I’m a little late on looking back, but I wrote 67 posts in 2013. Here’s my top 10 list of…

How Well Do Kids Know God?

I watched a video on Facebook today of a little who might have been four or five years old mimicking…

How Lessons from a Baby Shower Could Save the World

A few things I learned at my cousin’s recent baby shower: 1. How to spell “pacifier.” I didn’t realize I…

So Black People Aren’t Sex-Crazed, Baby-Making Machines?

Much has already been discussed about single African Americans’ dating desires based on findings from a poll released earlier this month that showed how black people feel…

Mothers not needed, equality achieved?

I heard a story the other day on NPR about the rise of single men becoming single dads by choice….

Time for Equal Expectations
photo: payday candybar

Tuesday, April 17, was National Equal Pay Day.  Since it was also Tax Day, you may not have noticed.  According…

Baby do or baby don’t?

Story #1: Educated, career-oriented American women falsely assume they can easily conceive children when they’re in their 40s.   Story…

Age is disrupting my perfect vision of motherhood

Getting used to sharing space for the rest of your life with one person is challenging enough. I say why not work on that, and hopefully enjoy it, before becoming parents? But motherhood trends are pointing a different direction. Yes, the perfect scenario for motherhood is changing, and age has a lot to do with it.

Reality check: Bristol Palin, teen moms and American hardship

In a recent Courier-Journal article, Lifehouse executive director Joan Smith said the organization offers alternatives to abortion and said that Palin’s life “is the reality. She is a role model in the fact that she chose to have her child.” A role model? Reality? If Bristol Palin had to live one day of her magical life like the pregnant teens I’ve known, I don’t think she would be able to take it.

The one you did for Part 2

Providing dollars for the family isn’t a father’s only responsibility. A girl with no father figure in her life will come in contact with plenty of men who value her talents over her sexuality, but hearing it at home first inspires a certain level of confidence in a girl that will continue throughout her life.

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