Category Archives: VoicesForOurSons

Affirmations To Build My Teen Son’s Self-Esteem #VoicesForOurSons

I can vividly recall the first time I realized my tween son was struggling with his self-esteem.

He’d gotten in trouble for something and written an apology note to me. Throughout the note he referenced being “stupid” and “bad” and “not good enough”. It truly broke my heart.

The topic of self-love is no stranger here on Divas With A Purpose.

On one of my older articles entitled Inside Out Beauty I shared these words:

As a parent,

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My Response To The Race Together Initiative

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks,  recently announced the company’s newest initiative. Starbucks and USA Today have partnered to “stimulate conversation, compassion and action around race in America”.  The initiative has been widely discussed, debated, supported and thrashed in the media and in various social media outlets.

Their goal? To have those conversations that we often shy away from. To face the issues that seem to be tearing our society apart. It is not a black-white thing.

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300+ Volunteer Opportunities for Teenagers

Volunteer Opportunities for Teenagers:
300+ Ways for Your Teenager to Give Back

Encouraging and teaching my teen son to give back to our community is a priority for me. We live in a society that seems to focus on material items – having more, getting more and being more. As we prepare for high school next year, reality is setting in that before I know it my “baby” will be leaving the nest.

FACT: According to the U.S.

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Conversations With My Teen Son #VoicesForOurSons

My oldest son and I were driving together recently and I decided to take advantage of the rare occasion that it was just the two of us, he wasn’t engrossed in a book or video game and he was in a chatty mood.

“Did you all have any discussions in school yesterday about what’s going on in Ferguson?”

“Yes ma’am. We talked about it in a few of my classes. It’s terrible they shot him because he was wearing a hoodie.

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#VoicesForOurSons – When Bullying Comes Home

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

In 2007, a school-based survey of African American adolescents in grades 5 – 12 was done. The primary purpose of the study was to research the prevalence of bullying among the children.  

Teens And Relationships #VoicesForOurSons

Honestly, I wanted to title this post “Please Don’t Date My Son!” but I am trying to be upbeat and realistic. It is imminent that our teenagers will develop relationships and as parents we have to be open and honest with our sons so that they will feel comfortable communicating with us.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, it was our teenage years that many of us first became super-aware of hormones and those mushy feelings so why should it be any differently for our children?

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Race, Depression, Reflections

I have been unusually quiet when it comes to recent events in the news. Not due to lack of knowledge or an opinion. So many have so poignantly said what I felt that the words I thought of didn’t seem to compare. I’ve liked, shared, retweeted, favorited and reflected.

From the senseless murder of Mike Brown – an unarmed African American male  in Ferguson, Missouri – to the death of Robin Williams bringing talks of suicide and depression to every day conversation.

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