Quote, Unquote

On July 31, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

You can recycle that.

Simone, our resident environmentalist.

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Kid News Report

On July 30, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

In this week’s edition, a mother reconnects with her daughter, a sixth-grader gets a handwritten note from Obama and a Dutch court gives a 14-year-old permission to sail around the world. Enjoy!

Good Kid: Source: Sixth-graders grabs President Obama’s attention. Source: Cincinnati.com

Parenting Essay: A mother reconnects with her daughter when the iPod is left at home. Source: New York Times

News: Court gives 14-year-old permission to sail around the world. Source: Time For Kids

Book Review: In “Finally,” by Wendy Mass, a tween heroine’s big plans go awry. Source: Washington Post

Oceanography: Researchers catch jumbo squid on camera. Source: National Geographic

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Making It Up As I Go …

On July 29, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

Everyone knows the best way to raise children.

There are those who say children should roam freely, while others prefer to hover. Those who aren’t sure have several places to turn for advice. There are tons of parenting books on the market. Daytime talk shows feature experts. A half dozen magazines are devoted to the subject. Reality parenting shows clog the airwaves.

The answer for me, and I suspect for most families, falls somewhere outside of the noise. I try to keep my eye on the end result: raising children who become healthy and productive adults. I can only hope that does not include a $3 million wedding in rural New York, complete with a security detail.

So far, I’ve managed to ignore most of the parenting advice. My mother would find it funny that folks who don’t know you or your children would offer their opinion. My father, who I didn’t think was paying attention when I was a kid, has provided a wealth of information about raising children. Besides, parenting is fluid. What works one day may not work the next, and you have to adjust accordingly. In other words, I like finding my way, making it up as I go.

So, what do you say? How are you approaching this thing called parenting?

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Wordless Wednesday

On July 28, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

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The Letter

On July 27, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

I had been waiting for the letter. I had called to see when it might arrive. I considered picking it up. Why was it so important? Its contents would tell us who would be Simone’s kindergarten teacher.

See, I had noticed at the kindergarten breakfast that there was one kindergarten teacher of color. I daydreamed about how nice it would be for Simone’s first public school teacher to be a teacher of color. The student body is composed of children of parents from diverse backgrounds. Still, I would like to expose Simone and Nadia to a diverse set of role models, including those who look like their mother and their father.

So, the letter. It arrived, and da hubs and I knew exactly what was inside. He opened the letter after a pretend drumroll. He started at the beginning. I got impatient, read over his shoulder and scanned the letter for the teacher’s name. Bingo! Simone WILL have a teacher of color in kindergarten. What a wonderful way to begin her public school education.

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Black Couple Has White Baby

On July 26, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke
A British Nigerian couple was surprised when they first saw their blond, blue-eyed daughter. It is not clear whether the little girl named Nmachi is albino or is the result of dormant genes. A geneticist at the University of Oxford says everyone is a “genetic mixture.”
I’ve posted the video because the child’s birth challenges how many of us think about race and shows us how silly such labels can be. I, for one, wish I had paid better attention in chemistry.  I’ve been struck by how the baby has been described as “white” when her parents are black.
International media have been publishing stories about the family for a week with only a few American outlets picking up the story. Some readers have wondered whether infidelity is the reason for the child’s light complexion. Ben Ihegboro says his wife, Angela, has been true to him, and I seriously doubt the couple would give interviews if either of them had such questions.
Her parents call her a “miracle.” To me, she is a teachable moment. Nmachi’s birth is an example of why color shouldn’t matter.
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Black Weblog Awards

On July 25, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

Last chance to vote for Honeysmoke.com is today, July 25, 2010.

I would be honored to receive your vote in the following categories:

[dropcap1]B[/dropcap1]est Parenting or Family Blog

[dropcap1]B[/dropcap1]est Writing in a Blog

[dropcap1]B[/dropcap1]est Personal Blog

[dropcap1]B[/dropcap1]log to Watch

All you have to do is click on the button in this post or the one in the top right hand corner of the blog.

The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) which were largely overlooked by other Internet award events. The Black Weblog Awards is an international showcase with participants from over 90 countries and stands out as the most widespread Internet award event for Black bloggers. To date, the Black Weblog Awards has recognized nearly 180 blogs in over 30 categories, and has also been featured in several mainstream and online media outlets, including NPR. Winners of the Black Weblog Awards have also gone on to appear in other media outlets, like MSNBC, the Huffington Post, BET, the Washington Post, and many others. For more information, visitblackweblogawards.com.

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Quote, Unquote

On July 24, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

It’s not stale. It’s just a little stale.

Simone, explaining why it was alright for her to munch on old Cheerios.

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Kid News Report

On July 23, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

In this week’s installment, we meet the bionic boy, learn how fattening those kids meals are, and see what happens when a whale and sailboat meet in the big, blue sea. Enjoy!

Good Kid: Young man receives bionic hand. Source: NBC’s Today Show

Health: 25 Worst Kid Meals. Source: The Daily Beast

Parenting: To give or not give allowance. Source: WPVI-TV Philadelphia

News: An alarming form of child abuse. Source: MSNBC

Mammal News: Whale vs. Sailboat. Source: Scholastic

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Girly Girls

On July 22, 2010, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

It doesn’t help that OPI has a set of Shrek-inspired nail polish.

A few weeks ago, it jumped in my hands and made me buy it. I brought it home, and now Simone and Nadia want their nails painted all the time. I guess there are worse things. It’s just I’ve painted their nails more than I’ve ever painted mine.

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