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No Back to School for You

No Back to School for You

I had a Whatsapp conversation with one of my young friends a few nights ago that took me way back to my community college days. The summer was ending and all my friends were moving on to university while I had to get a job because things were … complicated. They were excited about the courses they’d be taking, the hall (dorm) they’d be on and which friend from school would be their dorm-mate. While they were picking out notebooks and things for their dorm room, I was busy writing resumes and dropping them off door-to-door. 

My heart bled for this young girl when she told me that she wasn’t going to university this year because “it was complicated”. Read more ....

New School: What to Expect & How to Get Through It

New School: What to Expect & How to Get Through It

My son started a new school on Tuesday and I’ve got to admit – I was a bit apprehensive. Would he like his new teacher? Would we? Would the children be well-behaved or would they be rowdy? Would he be safe?

Will they cater to his educational, emotional, physical and social needs? Will he flourish in the environment, or will he just “get by”? Yes, as parents we did our research. We checked out the place but how do we know we made the right choice? Read more...

School, Work ... What's the Difference?

School, Work ... What's the Difference?

Last time we spoke about those young adults who would not be going off to university but would instead be going off to work. Maybe you have a child or a young friend who will be looking a job and would benefit from the advice below. Today I want to talk a little bit about how work and school resemble each other … and also about how they don’t. Read more ...

Learning to Follow the Rules

Learning to Follow the Rules

So this month we’ve been talking about our expectations of a new school and also how to help our children make the transition from school to work. Today I want to talk about learning to follow the rules.

I don’t know about you, but back in high school one of my biggest challenges was learning to follow the rules. In fact I went through a period when I was known as the rebel because I found a way to do the opposite of what was said – if they said wear white, I wore black. Read more...

5 Types of Prayers to Pray for Our Children

5 Types of Prayers to Pray for Your Children

I find it rather ironic that the beginning of the Jamaican school year coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. That being said, I wanted to really talk about what parents – especially moms- go through when our children go to school. We may act cavalier about it but we have really big fears when our children strap on their school bags and venture out into the "Big Bad World of the School System". Read more ...

Parenting Scared

Parenting Scared

I can still remember it clearly. My 15 year-old self was comfortably seated in the couch at a friend’s house. A group of youth from the church in the community I had recently moved into were having Movie Night.

The host’s parents were in the next room and I had gotten permission to be there. I don’t remember what movie we were watching – it’s not important. I do remember that we were having jerked chicken when the phone rang.

It was my call. Read more ...