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The back-to-school season has begun: are your kids ready for a new school year? When our children hit academic bumps in the road (and they will), it’s hard for parents to figure out the best ways to help redirect them toward success.  This week Carol sits down with Windy Lopez-Aflitto, the VP of Content and Partnerships at Learning Heroes, a national organization which helps parents support their children’s learning at home. Carol and Windy get to the bottom of why there’s such a large gap between what parents think about their child’s grade level progress and how their kids are actually doing in school. They offer parents the tips they need to better understand their child’s learning experience and help improve it. Carol and Windy examine the complex relationship teachers and parents can have and share specific ways parents can work with teachers to make sure their children are engaged in their schoolwork and getting as much as possible out of it.  This episode is a must for parents and caregivers of school-age children looking for expert advice on helping their kids thrive in school. Follow us at @GroundControlParenting and on    See for privacy information.
Carol sits down with the mother-daughter duo Edith Cooper and Jordan Taylor to explore how they manage their relationship while creating a business together. Medley is a membership-based coaching service that harnesses the power of small groups to help people grow personally and professionally. And as you listen in, you’ll understand how personally aligned Edith and Jordan are with their company’s mission. Edith built her 30+ year career as one of the nation’s leading business executives creating environments where people can perform to their full potential. Jordan appreciates the power of supportive spaces and finished business school with the goal of sharing this power with as many people as possible. Edith and Jordan talk about how impactful teamwork can be not only in helping people succeed, but in helping them feel seen and supported by others as they work towards their goals.  Edith’s values are rooted in her understanding of the power of education that uplifted three generations of her family. She shares her insights on how parents can foster healthy habits in their children from a young age, and the best ways for parents to manage work and family life without becoming overwhelmed. Carol’s intergenerational conversation with Edith and Jordan offers a unique and refreshing parent/child perspective and invites listeners to consider which parenting styles will help them create healthy and lasting family relationships.  Follow us at @GroundControlParenting and on!    See for privacy information.
Lorraine Toussaint, star of The Equalizer and Orange is the New Black, joins Carol to talk about the benefits and challenges of being open and vulnerable with your children.  Lorraine and Carol discuss how to practice healthy and honest communication with your kids in an age appropriate way that meets them at their own emotional level. They talk about the best ways to get your point across while considering your child’s needs and how this can strengthen your family’s relationship.  Lorraine recounts her own life and parenting experiences with taking accountability, knowing how to apologize, and setting an example of honesty for her child to follow. She shares how vital it is to cultivate a home where children feel seen, heard, and loved, and speaks to her own transformation turning her challenges growing up in Trinidad into lessons in becoming an attentive and loving mother.    Follow the show on Instagram @GroundControlParenting and follow the blog,  See for privacy information.
Carol sits down with power CEO and mom Roz Brewer to talk about how to do your best work at the office and at home. As the CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Roz truly understands the challenges of excelling at work while maintaining an active role in her family’s life. Roz and Carol talk about the expectations levied on mothers in the workforce to do it all, and Roz offers valuable advice on how to apply the lessons she’s learned from the corporate world to parenting and vice versa. You won’t want to miss when Roz explains why she keeps “facts up, emotions down” in a crisis and why parents should too! Listen today and stay in touch at @GroundControlParenting and www.groundcontrolparenting.comSee for privacy information.
Former Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms joins Carol to push prioritizing wellness for parents to the forefront. Keisha and Carol talk about the challenges she faced raising her children while simultaneously running a major city. Keisha shares her best parenting practices as well as how she learned to prioritize her own mental health and wellness to show up daily as an active and present mother AND the mayor of ATL. As parents we can get so caught up in our children’s lives that we forget to check in with ourselves. Today, we’re talking about how to change that.  Follow us and stay in touch at @GroundControlParenting and www.groundcontrolparenting.comSee for privacy information.
Welcome to the latest season of Ground Control Parenting!  Each week host Carol Sutton Lewis brings you stories, tips and advice from parents and parenting experts about raising smart and confident Black children.  Join us!!     See for privacy information.
Ground Control Parenting is joining iHeart and the Seneca Women Podcast Network! Join host Carol Sutton Lewis for this special preview episode featuring some of her guests from the upcoming season, including former mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms, actress Lorraine Toussaint & Walgreens/Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer, all sharing stories, tips and advice on raising smart & confident Black boys and girls. Check out this special episode for a preview of what’s to come!See for privacy information.
Season 3 is a wrap!  Host Carol Sutton Lewis reviews the themes and highlights of Season 3 in this bonus episode. Tune in for a quick overview of the advice, stories and resources served up by the great guests who joined Carol this season.  Stay tuned for more parenting conversations about the joy and the real work of parenting Black children in Season 4, coming soon!See for privacy information.
How did a Black janitor, a widower living with his kids in a rough neighborhood, raise a world class concert pianist and a Fortune 500 CEO? Kenneth C. Frazier, the highly respected Chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, joins us for our final episode of Season 3 to share his powerful story of being raised by a fiercely determined single dad.Ken’s father Otis Frazier firmly believed in the power of tough love. He saw his children as capable of anything, so he consistently set the bar high and expected them to clear it.  He had little use for sentimentality.  As Ken recalls, his father had no interest in being his children’s friend, saying “I want to be respected and feared [by my children], but not necessarily in that order.” We hear from Ken how tough love worked for him,  and together we explore the limits of and alternatives to this approach.  In this fascinating episode Ken shares plenty of his father's words of wisdom, and offers up some gems of his own.  See for privacy information.
How can we help our children develop a moral compass to guide them through life? Minister, professor, author and former President of Morehouse College Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. explains the importance of helping children think about faith and morality and offers a framework for having these discussions with your children from an early age. Our discussion begins with Dr. Franklin’s  memories of witnessing the moral courage and leadership of his grandmother, whose faith was strongly rooted in her church.  He thoughtfully walks us through the stages of faith development which parents can follow to help their children make meaning and find purpose in life.  We also learn about the challenges and opportunities he faced in trying to help the young men of Morehouse college develop and center their moral compasses in a changing world.   See for privacy information.
Diana Napier shares her journey with her daughter Emerson Davis, one of the young stars of the Tony award winning Broadway show, Once Upon an Island.  Diana, a corporate executive turned writer, found herself in unfamiliar parenting territory as she put her writing career on pause in order to figure out how to best help young Emerson pursue her growing passions in music and theater.  When Emerson joins the conversation at the end of the episode, she talks about the importance of her parents’ support, which includes following her lead as she pursued her various interests, helping her deal with the inevitable rejection that comes with auditioning, and so much more.   Also in this episode, Diana and Carol engage in a candid and revealing discussion of postpartum depression, a topic not discussed often enough among young parents.   Diana shares her struggle with this illness in Emerson’s infancy, and how with help she was able to move through and beyond it.And, for the first time, a mother/daughter team plays the #GCP Bonus Round!Parents who want to help their children explore their talents and passions—more seriously or just for fun—will appreciate the many lessons shared in this episode.See for privacy information.
How did the first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company manage to balance her skyrocketing career and her growing family? In this refreshingly candid and thought-provoking conversation, Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox Corporation, tells us why this is NOT the question on which young women  should be focused.  She reveals how she was able to stay true to herself and her parenting goals, and explains how modern-day parents need to redefine parenting models.  But first, Ursula recalls the “masterful parenting” of her single mother and explains how her mother’s wise counsel and great parenting instincts guided Ursula’s own parenting journey. See for privacy information.
With COVID restrictions lifting we can finally begin our return to life as we knew it. How are our children coping with moving out of the cocoons they’ve been in for the past year? There are likely to be some stressful moments for them (and us) for a while, whether they are inclined to rush back into their pre-Covid lives or would prefer to remain in semi solitude.   Pediatric stress expert Dr. Victor Carrión returns to the podcast to talk with Carol about how to help our children through this transition period. He offers an age-specific guide to recognizing signs of stress overload, and advice on how to manage it.  See for privacy information.
How much do your children know about money?  Sure, they may know how to spend it, but what about how to invest it and watch it grow? How can you help them learn more and plant the seeds of financial literacy that will serve them well for life?  Carol talks with Tanya Van Court, Founder and CEO of Goalsetter, a family saving and smart spending app, about her mission to make kids (and parents!) more financially savvy and have fun while doing it. Tanya offers advice on helping your family develop smart spending and saving habits.See for privacy information.
With the pandemic requiring our children to rely heavily on tech these days, it feels as if we are losing the battle to manage their device usage. As we move towards a post-pandemic world, the question looms large: how do we help our children balance their tech use when they need their devices now more than ever?  In this week’s episode, Carol talks with top kids and tech expert Jim Steyer, the Founder and CEO of Common Sense, the nationwide organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Jim offers lots of helpful ways for parents to address this urgent question.   Jim also candidly talks about the challenges he faces as a white father raising a Black son in the era of Black Lives Matter and the fight for social justice in our country.   See for privacy information.
As we parent through this pandemic, who has the greater challenge: parents of toddlers and little ones, trying to help them make sense of it all, or parents of older children who have to help them keep it together as their academic, personal and work lives threaten to fall apart? And what can these different generations of parents learn from each other?  Carol poses these questions to three dynamic women––Monique Péan, who is raising her young children in NYC, Lady Ashley Adjaye, a native Californian who moved her young son and daughter from London to Accra, Ghana to raise them in a more supportive racial environment, and Anne Williams-Isom, who, like Carol, has children in college and beyond.You’ll hear them talk about their unique and shared experiences in the world of pandemic parenting, what a family move to “the continent” is like, how to talk about Black Lives Matter and social justice with children little and grown, and much more.   See for privacy information.
Carol talks with celebrated poet, award winning author, distinguished educator, and President of the Mellon Foundation Elizabeth Alexander about her parenting journey, her theories on education, and the importance of financial literacy and philanthropy.Elizabeth is a resilient mother of two sons who had to reconstruct her life and parenting village after the sudden death of her husband, Ficre Gheybreyesus. In this episode she shares the parenting lessons she learned with her husband that continue to guide her, and the importance of creating a “village”, especially as she found herself building a new one to help her raise her sons. From her vantage point as the head of one of the world’s wealthiest foundations that supports arts, humanities and social justice, she shares advice on how to talk with our children about money and philanthropy—teaching them to take care of both our local and global villages. See for privacy information.
As we focus on (so many!) daily parenting details, how do we make sure we are teaching our children our values and giving them a moral core?  What do we have to resolve in ourselves to be able to parent with joy, a key to raising joyful, confident children? How do we turn those hard lessons from how we were parented into a roadmap for better parenting? In a lively, spirited conversation filled with tips on how to evolve our parenting skills, ways to communicate our values to our children, and lots of laughs, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, sociologist and author of Parent Like it Matters teaches us how to raise critical thinkers and fearless doers.See for privacy information.
Carol talks with  Sandra Jackson-Dumont, visionary arts educator and Director & CEO of the  Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, about why and how we need to have art and museums in our children’s lives from day one.  Exposure to art builds so many skills from a very young age!  Sandra tells us how to explore museums in-person and online in ways that open up new vistas for children and  parents,  how museums can spark and inform great (and sometimes tough) conversations with our children, and so much more.  See for privacy information.
In this season opener, Carol talks with college admissions experts and authors of The College Conversation , Eric Furda (former Dean of Admissions at UPenn)  and Jacques Steinberg (award-winning education journalist and author).  Eric and Jacques discuss their latest tips and insights on how your teen should be applying to college from start to finish, and how you can help. They reveal  “The Four C’s” that students should be looking for as they research colleges: Culture, Curriculum, Community and Conclusions. They also talk about the impact of two additional “C’s”: Cost and Coronavirus. While applying for college is more than half the battle, Eric and Jacques also suggest staying focused once the acceptances come. They talk with Carol about what happens after your teen gets in: how to make sure the colleges don’t change their minds, best practices for freshman success, and even what to do if your child wants to transfer. Listen, learn and lessen the stress as your family moves through this exciting chapter of your teen’s life. See for privacy information.
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