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Love Nudge: Parenting Wisdom

Mother to Son

By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you: 
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. 
It’s had tacks in it, 
And splinters, 
And boards torn up, 
And places with no carpet on the floor— 
But all the time 
I’se been a-climbin’ on, 
And reachin’ landin’s, 
And turnin’ corners, 
And sometimes goin’ in the dark 
Where there ain’t been no light. 
So boy, don’t you turn back. 
Don’t you set down on the steps 
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. 
Don’t you fall now— 
For I’se still goin’, honey, 
I’se still climbin’, 
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.


06-19-2014: Parenting the “Challenging” Child

Dealing with Mental Health and Other Parenting Challenges


It really does take a Village to rear a child, yet, when that child exhibits behavior or physical differences from what we consider the norm – the Village has a tendency to exile the child and the parents.  How can we support those families and bring them back into community?

Our guests on the show are Debra Watson Islam of Gabriel’s Horn Foundation and Trent DeFrates – two parents who have come to understand this subject first hand.

You are welcome to join the conversation on June 19, 2014, at 7pm CST – live online  or dial in at 347-237-4648 (press 1 if you’d like to speak with the host or guest).

06-12-2014: Ode to the Good Fathers


Artist: Kevin Wak

Not every man has abandoned his children for career, the ‘streets’, another family, or jail. Far be it from the truth. There are a great number of men that have remained faithful to fatherhood. Their fidelity deserves applause. Let’s talk about good fathers and good fathering together, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7pm CST. Listen live online or dial 347-237-4648. Press 1 to speak with the host.


Join us this week as we salute fathers. Please share your favorite #DadsRule photo with us on your favorite social media outlet. Tag us so we can celebrate the great men in your life with you.