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Better Young Readers With 6 Key Strategies

  By Dr. Shari Robertson, Ph.D. There’s certainly a reason that reading is the first of the three R’s. Reading is a fundamental skill needed to function in today’s society. There are few tasks that don’t involve some form of reading, which is why it’s so important for kids to learn early. Many child readers [...]

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After McKinney: What Can Black Parents Do? Listen Here: Jacque Reid & Kimberly Seals Allers on the Tom Joyner Morning Show

No parent can watch the now viral video of the police interaction with black youth after a pool party in McKinley, Texas without cringing. And possible crying. Beyond our upset and tears, what must black parents think about, do and say to their children to possibly (emphasis on POSSIBLY) prevent another situation. Jacque Reid (@JacqueReid) [...]

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Books We Love!: CHILD PLEASE, How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself

We love a good parenting take, especially one from a smart and savvy black perspective. That’s why we just heart the new book by journalist and parenting expert, Ylonda Gault Caviness. Foregoing the politically correct safe zone, Caviness takes a refreshing perspective to reveal the hard and fast rules of being black in America, including [...]

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Avoid the Summer Slump: 6 Tips To Keep Kids Learning All Summer Long

Good news: School’s out.  Bad news: Studies show that many children forget up to 2 months of lessons during summer vacation which forces teachers to spend the beginning of each school re-teaching what students had previously mastered.  But when school lets out for summer vacation, a child’s learning shouldn’t have to take a break as well.   Experts say it’s important to keep [...]

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Fit Family: 6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy

by Esther Animalu, contributing reporter Between 16 and 33 percent of children, as well as adolescents, are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but the most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to a poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year, according to [...]


Healthy Snacks: 5 Tips Parents Can Add Nutrition to School Lunches

With kids headed back to school, it’s more important than ever to support their healthy development and give them every possible advantage in the classroom.   On top of ensuring the kiddos complete their homework every day and make it out the door on time, parents are now more focused than ever on the importance of [...]


College Bound: 7 Financial Tips Parents Need To Inform Their Kids of Before Leaving

If you’re worried about your new college student’s ability to manage money on his or her own, you’re not alone. Here, financial advisor Donna Skeels Cygan spotlights seven specific things you and your student need to consider before freshman move-in day. Your years of encouragement and supervision have paid off, and your teenager will be [...]

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The Big Reveal: 4 tips for telling your job you’re pregnant

Becoming pregnant can be a joyous and equally nervous time for mothers, especially new ones. Some women want to scream from a mountaintop when revealing the great news, while others are more apprehensive.  Especially when careers are a major factor. We’re sharing a few tips featured in The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy to guide you [...]

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The Big Reveal: Tips for Sharing (or Not) your pregnancy news with family and friends

Becoming pregnant is a joyous time for women and many want to call their close family and friends immediately after finding out. Some are more nervous than others and do not quite know how to break the news, especially when factoring the merging families. We’re sharing a few tips featured in The Mocha Manual to [...]

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Forget the WHO Code. It’s The Street Code That Undermines Mothers in Detroit

It’s the 33rd anniversary of the international effort to curb unethical infant formula marketing practices. But you wouldn’t know it from the streets of Detroit. By: Kimberly Seals Allers If you thought we were past the days of blatantly egregious infant formula marketing and that hospitals, doctor’s offices and subtle messaging and innuendo were the [...]