The Problem With Helicopter Parenting

I walked into my daughter’s pre-K class yesterday to find her standing in the middle of the room. She’s on one side and her teachers on the other, like it’s the Wild Wild West. Everything in her three-year-old- says, NO. The teachers go on to tell me that this standoff has been happening everyday. She doesn’t ...

Daphne Wayans On Raising The Next Generation Of Wayans

Meet Daphne Wayans, Los Angeles native, mother of five and former wife of Hollywood giant Keenen Ivory Wayans. Spend five minutes talking to Daphne and it becomes clear that being a mom is what she was born to do. The fact that it’s something she always wanted may explain how she makes it look so ...

Kids and Plastic Surgery: Are We Taking The Easy Way Out?

I read the headline, “6-Year-Old Boy Gets Plastic Surgery On His Ears After Being Bullied,” and my body does a little twitch. I click on the article and see a boy with ears like Barack Obama, only bigger. His pre-surgery photo shows him looking sad, as if he’s literally carrying the weight of the world ...

Is It Time To Talk Race With Our Kids?

Your friend Tikisha was telling you the other day that she’s teaching her seven-year-old daughter a ‘black code,’ or in other words, a way of acting around the police. It went something like, “Yes, officer, no officer, what can I do for you today, officer?” It’s a conversation that she decided to start having in ...

A MUSLIM SCARF: CAN A CHILD CHOOSE HER RELIGION?

“I want to be a Muslim,” says your 5 year-old daughter, adjusting the scarf that her auntie gave her, making her look like a traditional Muslim. “Okay, Your father is Muslim, you can be Muslim too.” “Yay!” she says excitedly. “Can I wear this scarf to school tomorrow?” “Uhhhhh. Let me think about it,” you say, hoping that ...