In communities across the United States, 11.3 million children are without supervision between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. That means 1 in 5 children still do not have someone to care for them after school.
If you are a working parent and need after school care my first suggestions is to always put children in an after school program that is engaging. With the increase in quality programming you can find some very specific enrichment activities for your children including snack and physical activity keeping their brains active.
If you’re lucky enough to be at home when your kids arrive there around 2:30 then you know creating meaningful after school hours is equally as essential. There’s well over about six hours that you have to create a daily experience for your children. Educators strive for six hours of instructional time during the school day. Now here is the ball in your court as a parent. What are you going to do with it?
“It’s a rental. You know fake it until you make it.”
“Mmmhmmm I know that’s right.”
I’ve heard this and so many other scenarios of people who are just dabbling close to success but aren’t actually there and feel confidently justified in the “fake til you make it” syndrome. I think this is a terrible idea to share with anyone, especially our young people.
Why? It’s creates a false work ethic. You have some people who can understand how close they are to achieving a goal and are continuing to work hard in the midst. Then you have others who are okay faking their success period and aren’t working towards anything at all. They can make it look a certain way for their friends, social media and talk a really good talk but aren’t doing a darn thing.
If we want to help our young people become excellent in their work habits we have to kill this myth and kill it quick! Our
I remember being a tween and well into my teenage years I loved looking in fashion magazines. I was tall and lean and adorable (hehe) and everyone would tell me I should model. I looked to the fashion magazines to see what I would wear if in fact I could ever become a model.
I was an only child but not spoiled. I knew my mom worked hard for every dime she brought in that house and I felt like begging for clothes was pointless. But my mom knew as a young girl I needed and wanted clothes so sometimes I’d come home to shopping bags on the bed and I’d excitingly rush over and see what was inside. Needless to say it wasn’t what was in those fashion magazines or to my surprise even what my friends were wearing.
I didn’t want to appear ungrateful so I would smile and say thank you and try them on anyways. My mom used to dress me for my height and size with clothes that fit well and looked good on me. However my appreciation for them at the time was little to none because it wasn’t the clothes my friends were wearing.
Over the past few days I’ve reevaluated my empowerment business and have been really trying to focus in on my message this year and next. What would that one message be if I have an opportunity to talk to millions?
Then it occurred to me what would I want to stir up in others? What could I say that’s really life giving? Then it hit me: Do not let your dreams die with you. We all have something that needs to live and breath and exist here on the earth inside of us. Even if you’re just that encouraging friend who always has a positive word, smile, and a hug or if you grow your platform even bigger than that, we need to hear it and see it!
The lazy days of summer are coming to a screeching halt. The kids need new routines and a rhythm to fall in place to help them prepare for back to school. Getting to bed on time, knowing when to wake up and what to do after school are essential home habits for school success.
The greatest characteristic for success for anyone is time management, but it’s essential for our kids to learn and practice these habits early on in life. Let’s start this school year day one with great habits.
Oh do I remember that days of winging it with the kids. I also remember being frustrated because I was being a reactive parent rather than proactive.
Today is the 4th of July and never have I really questioned whether or not I was going to celebrate this holiday before but I am today. This year I could care less about waving a flag or looking at fireworks because our country is not free we are bound.
We’re distracted by poor leadership, we’re hurting from the countless injustices men, women, and children are suffering each day, and we have so many neglected community issues. Are we really free? Are our people truly liberated? I don’t think so.
I’m concerned because there are so many ignorant individuals who are celebrating BBQs with new weaves and nails and linen outfits and don’t fully understand what we’re celebrating. As an African American woman I would be remiss if I didn’t address what this means to be. The history of my people and the current oppression of my people leaves much to be freed from.
Instead of standing over a grill I’m going to stand over my notebook with my pen and draft more ideas to bring to my local community, review an outline for my next book for youth, and find more places to speak. Yes I’ll eat but I won’t be lacking because I didn’t have corn on the cobb but I will be empowered for the push forward.
We’ve got to take the action necessary to continue to push our country forward, our communities forward, and the people we call friends and family forward. Look for your opportunity today while you’re celebrating to strike conversation. It’s through asking questions that we really can get answers and form opinions. Use the tools you have in front of you to create the change you want to see. It may seem like such a small step but a step forward is progress. Be progressive!
May God bless America. I’ll continue to pray for my country, my local community and its leaders. What will you be doing?
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“About the Teacher” page,
Resources and Links
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Classroom Contact page (with form that if completed will send you an email for easy access)
Parent Volunteer page and electronic form
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