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Parenting advice and inspiration for raising smart, confident Black children. Join host and Ground Control Parenting founder Carol Sutton Lewis for conversations with guests––familiar and new––about the joys and real work of parenting. Season 3 coming this Spring!
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It’s a wrap!  Our second season of talking about the joy and the real work of parenting Black children has featured great guests offering lots of helpful advice.   In this bonus episode, host Carol Sutton Lewis recaps some of the themes and highlights of the season.  Stay tuned for more great parenting conversations in Season Three, coming soon!
Author &  journalist Caroline Clarke discusses her accidental discovery of and reunion with her birth mother–Cookie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole–and its impact on her existing and newly expanded family. Caroline told this story in her memoir Postcards from Cookie,  and here she reveals additional details not captured in the book, including an incredible update.  You won’t want to miss our discussion of adoption, parenting, family, and the healing power of love.  
Best-selling author and on-air host Nancy Redd talks about the values that stem from her Southern roots and shares some of the unexpected silver linings which have emerged from quarantining with her husband and their 9 & 6 year olds over the past ten months.  You’ll also hear about the making of Bedtime Bonnet,  her sensational new children’s book that celebrates Black night time hair care rituals.  A fascinating conversation that you won’t want to miss.
Why show art to an infant?  Why should we encourage our children to “get lost” in paintings? What’s the art and social justice connection? Who are some of the African-American artists whose work we and our children should get to know?  Franklin Sirmans, director of Miami’s Perez Art Museum, answers these questions and many more in this lively discussion about art and art education.  
In this thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion, College Board CEO David Coleman provides the latest information and valuable perspective on the SAT & AP testing in the coming year, and much more.  Parents won’t want to miss his great advice on how to help students of all ages combat test anxiety and improve test performance.  
As 2020 comes to a close, here's a recap of the Ground Control Parenting  podcasting journey.  We cover the road to our midyear launch, explore some of the themes and lessons from our 2020 podcasts, and offer some hints of what's ahead for 2021.  
Producer and political & social activist Keisha Sutton-James talks about the important lessons she learned growing up with her grandfather, civil rights leader, politician and businessman Percy E. Sutton.  Keisha shares how these lessons shaped her life and how she shares them  with her daughters.  We cover a lot of great parenting ground in this conversation, including talking with our children about our history, religion and spirituality, and much more. 
Excited for the holidays?  Not Really?  Stanford University’s Dr. Victor Carrion, our resident stress expert, tells us how to help our families (and ourselves) get through this pandemic holiday season.  Hear why we need to take our temperatures, and it’s not for a Covid check! 
Erica Reid is a best-selling author, healthy living expert, and founder & CEO of nécessité, a health and wellness living platform.  In this fascinating and fun conversation Erica shares how her passion for parenting, combined with her determination to improve her children’s health, paved her way to becoming a best-selling author and entrepreneur.  Discover how she is generously helping women focus on caring for their children and themselves.
Johnson C. Smith University President Clarence “Clay” Armbrister and his wife, former banking executive Denise McGregor Armbrister, share their triumphs and challenges raising a family of five which includes children with special needs and two adopted siblings.  Hear the inspirational story of how this family came together with determination and love.  This is superhero parenting at its best.
 Emmy award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield reflects on the wonderful, nurturing, complex bonds between mothers and daughters, the revelations of quarantine, and much more.  
In a conversation rich with wise advice and a lot of laughter, good friends and fellow actors LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Pauletta Washington share how they managed to raise their children away from the glare of the Hollywood spotlight that shines so brightly on their husbands Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington.  Hear these long-time friends explain how their Southern roots, self-awareness and good common sense informed their parenting, and much more.   
We’re back with Season 2!  Sal Khan, founder of online education powerhouse Khan Academy, tells us how parents can help their children learn during this pandemic. Khan’s tips for learning success are not to be missed!
Checking in with Stanford University psychiatrist Dr. Victor Carrion for advice about how to deal with the stress so many parents and children are feeling about next week's election.  
Host Carol Sutton Lewis gives a recap of the inaugural season's themes and highlights.  Stay tuned for more great parenting conversations in Season 2, coming very soon!!  
Award winning actor and filmmaker LisaGay Hamilton shares her thoughts and advice about parenting with a focus on raising her transgender daughter.
Award winning television show runner, author and arts advocate Susan Fales-Hill talks about culture, race, the importance of sharing family histories with our children, and much more.
Dr. Victor Carrion, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University and Director of its Early Life Stress and Resilience Program, offers advice and resources to help parents manage their concerns and expectations as children return to school in the time of COVID-19.  
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2020 Presidential candidate Deval Patrick shares how his journey from Chicago’s South Side to the corridors of power shaped his parenting skills, how to raise resilient and socially conscious children, and much more.  
Power couple Michelle Miller, CBS News National Correspondent, and Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, share the impact of growing up in politically active families, how to help children establish independence, and much more. 
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