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11 OF THE BEST STEM/STEAM KIDS GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays upon us this is the perfect time to introduce your child to some fun, new ways to explore the STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) world. There are definitely many toys, games, books, activities and overall cool things for your curious ones to choose from and we have curated the best […]

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The Mocha Manual Company, Inc. Launches The Maternal & Child Health Communication Collective to Counter Misinformation & Improve Strategic Messaging of the National MCH Discourse

The Mocha Manual Company, Inc., a leading boutique content development and strategic communications advisory firm, announced today that it has launched an 18-month project to improve mainstream messaging of maternal and child health issues and strengthen the overall strategic communication capacity of W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) grantees and related stakeholders. The project is being funded […]

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When Summer Camp Turns Racist at School of The NY Times; A Powerful Lesson for Black & White Moms in Naming Racism & Moving Forward From Charlottesville

The School of The New York Times and President Trump seem to have something in common: apparently both find it really hard to name racism. The inability to call out racist behavior is a widespread problem, even at so-called liberal media institutions. Imagine of group of white kids, dancing and jumping in a mob-like circle […]

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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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