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Family Vacation Special: Club Med Cancun Yucatan

We love to travel as a family! Whether you’re ready to escape the cold or plan your next summer vacation, Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Cancun is certainly a great, all-inclusive family-friendly spot. We had a ball! Of course, you will love the location. As one of the first all -inclusive resorts to open in [...]

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7 Hacks For the Perfect Road Trip

Going on a road trip has its pros and cons. Pros, you’re going on an awesome adventure; cons, it can be costly. Here are some hacks you can try to balance those pros and cons to reach vacation nirvana. 1. Download a gas app: One of the most costly aspects of any road trip, especially in [...]

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Helping Kids To Be Present In This Pokemon Go Age

During a family vacation this summer I was strolling along the harborfront of Lake of the Woods in Ontario. The lake is my spiritual home, a refuge to escape into the almost five thousand square miles of sun spackled water dotted with 14,000 wooded islands. The beauty and tranquility soothes my mind and provides an [...]

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More Than Just Talking Equity: Why Black Breastfeeding Week is Central to Achieving Equity

Lately there’s been a lot of talk in the public health and breastfeeding circles about equity. And rightly so. The scope and depth of racial disparities across various health indicators and in breastfeeding—life’s earliest health intervention—cannot be ignored. Yet every year, many in these same circles, both publicly and privately question why Black Breastfeeding Week [...]

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Why I Forgave $38,750 in Child Support: Revaluing Fathers This Father’s Day.

As we celebrate the fathers and father figures who have impacted our lives, let’s also think about championing fatherhood. Not just as a holiday to buy ties and tools, but also as an opportunity to redefine and revalue fathering as important work. Last year, I made the apparently very controversial decision to forgive $38,750 amount of my ex husband’s child support arrears. Read why below in my piece on NYTimes.com, and let me know what you think..

But too often, fathers are seen as accessory parents or bumbling second rate caretakers. On the other side, our society only defines fathers as deadbeat or not, solely by financial contribution. And we lump the unwilling to pay and the unable to pay in the same prison-bound barrel, regardless of what other meaningful contributions that father may make to the child’s welfare.

Here’s my story:

Earlier this year, I spent three hours sitting on a hard, wooden bench in the Queens County Family Court, waiting for a judge to approve my petition to forgive $38,750 in child support arrears from my ex-husband.

The judge said, “Well this is a rare one,” then asked me several times if I was aware of what I was doing and if I had received legal counsel. When I told my single mom friends, they looked at me as if I had committed an act of treason. “Child support is all we have!” one friend exclaimed.

Is it?

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Your Rescue Guide For Black Skin During Pregnancy

There are several ways our bodies can surprise us during pregnancy but some of those changes are unwelcome. Here are a few tips from Dr. Susan Taylor to deal with the unwanted ones:   Problem I’ve got acne. It’s like I am a teenager all over again.   The Fix It’s those hormones. You may [...]

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National Lung Health Week: A Mother’s Story, Her Kids’ Resilience and Ms. Patti LaBelle

By: Chandra Lye   Susan Lee was in her 30s when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Over 20 years later, Lee had to live through her own journey with lung cancer. Today she is an advocate for Lung Cancer survivors, serving as a spokesperson for the LUNG FORCE during National Women’s Lung Health [...]

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Procrastinator’s Special: Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

 

Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you waited to the last minute to order your Mother’s Day gift. We’re here to help! Just in time for Mother’s Day this Sunday we have a few last minute gift ideas. This is for those of you still searching for the right gift to show your mom how grateful you are for all she does and for everything she has done.

  1. LEAF – known as the health tracker for women, LEAF is a decorative piece of jewelry that can track daily activities including sleep exercise and meditation. The LEAF was designed to help moms develop healthy habits. Sold by Bellabeat, it costs $119-149. (Use offer code MOM16 at checkout for an exclusive 20% off and free two-day shipping on orders to the US and Canada).
          2.  Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrubs – handcrafted by Black Mermaid’s Bath & Body, the vanilla spice sugar scrubs use
               natural ingredients and healthy additives for aromatherapy to help you relax. Cost $12.99-19.99. (Rush orders
               add $20)
3.  Apple Berry Bouquet – a delightful assortment of chocolate covered fruit including apples slices in smothered in
     white chocolate and strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate. (contains coconut, cinnamon and almonds).      Cost $40-$150, from Fresh & Fruitful.
4.  According to Giftagram 81% of millennial moms were interested in fitness trackers. There are a wide variety of
     styles for Fitbit still available on Amazon.

And don’t forget to call your mom or at the very least arrange a Skype date.

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Safe Fish for Pregnant Moms

During pregnancy most expecting moms are usually cautioned by their doctors and given a list of foods to steer clear of during their nine-month stretch.  At the top of the list are certain types of seafood like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish because of the potential of high levels of mercury in it. In some cases, [...]

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Tears For My Black Boy: A Very Public Breakdown and a Message on Mothering While Black

Last week, while standing on a stage and giving a presentation at a national conference, I broke down crying. I never saw it coming. I was talking, as I often do, about the historical trauma of black women as mothers and breastfeeders–sharing how enslaved black women were forced to breastfeed the children of the white [...]

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