Do Something Grand! Being Thankful for Our Grand Parents This Holiday Season

Our parents, grandparents and the other senior members in our lives have played an influential role in our families. Let’s spend each day taking the time to build and strengthen the bonds we have with the senior most members of our lives.

Try some of the following ‘Grand’ activities to celebrate our elders:
– encourage your family and friends to swap their Facebook profile/cover photos with one that includes their parents, grandparents, godparents and/or senior family friends
– let your grand parents and other seniors in your life know you think they are special
– plan an intergenerational service activity or fitness fun day
– encourage the generations in the family to keep in touch through note writing
– promote family literacy with storytelling time, allowing the senior generation to share photos and history and letting the younger generation use their imagination

Enjoy this holiday season by thanking our role models for their immeasurable acts of love, care and understanding. Share with us the fun ways you have celebrated the ‘Grand Parents’ in your life.

Reading & Storytelling – A New Family Tradition

In July, we celebrated the wonderful strength and beauty of the Black Family. Let’s keep the spirit of the month long celebration alive and rededicate ourselves to our families and celebrate our connections.

We should connect through traditions,  create new foundations and build through activities that can be shared with each generation. One of the many ways families can come together to empower one another is by having a family reading and storytelling time – a space where everyone in the family can share their favorite literary works and most adored family stories and adventures.  Families that encourage reading and storytelling provide literacy skill building for young readers while enhancing the literacy skill development in all members of the family.

Building a family rich in heritage and rooted in strength is something we can strive to accomplish each day.  By engaging and encouraging literacy in our homes, families will develop a new tradition of knowledge sharing and success.

Share how building a knowledge sharing foundation has lead to success in your family.

Review from a Happy Reader

Just As Special by 3Evoke

Review from a Happy Reader:

J. Smith“I felt like this was an honest book about what children go through in life. The book gives children the confidence to reach goals they strive for.  It gives great encouragement for children who are going through a tough time.  It really hit home for me because my nephew grew up without his mother.  He often asked when he was little why does everyone he knows have a mom and he doesn’t.  It was tough to explain but I always told him he has a grandmother and aunt that loves him very much. He always felt like he was different. I am hoping the support he had from my family and his dad will help him as an adult.”

Questions from the Authors

Just As Special by 3Evoke

Questions from the Authors:

1. How would you handle answering the question: Where is my Father?

2. Who would you involve in handling this question?

3. What are the social and emotional consequences you have seen in your child’s
life due to their father not being in the home?

4. Who do your children see as their support system?

Praise for “Just as Special”

Just As Special by 3Evoke

Praise for “Just as Special”:

13 year old D. Hunt – “This was one of the best books I have read”

Trae Hurst had one of his mentees ask the question, “was this book written about me?”

B. Powell – “This is not just a book, this is a movement”

Anonymous – “This is a well over due book that tackles the topic. Excellent!”

Anonymous – “Concept was very real and needed to be addressed in a positive way. The ladies did an amazing job”