Parenting

Photo: iStock Surprise! Racism—that “thing” white people say doesn’t exist—has dire long-term effects on the health of black children and adolescents, according to a report released by the country’s largest group of pediatricians. The report, crafted into a first-of-its-kind policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, calls racism “a socially...
Being a foster parent doesn’t usually involve a lot of glitz and glamour but for one night, the Shelby County Department of Children’s Services wanted its foster parents to feel special. Last Thursday (July 19), approximately 50 foster, adoptive and kinship parents were honored with an appreciation dinner and awards...
by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Foster parent and adoptive mom Sabrina Powe is poised and ready for a Mother’s Day she never will forget. Powe, a Memphis accountant, will celebrate this coming Mother’s Day with two new additions to her family of three, with one of...
Known around town as a shero, Brianna Davison is a woman with a big talent and an even bigger heart. Many people know her for her unbelievably realistic wigs, having styled celebrities such as Jazmine Sullivan and Evvie McKinney; however, more recently Davison is changing the hair industry in a...
Being a first-time mom can be quite an emotional experience because -- as the saying goes — babies don’t come with instructions. And sometimes they come unexpectedly. Meet first-time mom Evan Nicole Fields, 2014 graduate of Cordova High School, and mom of 4-month-old Ayden Elijah. Only four short years ago,...
Trineka Hardrick graduated last Thursday (June 11), but there was no robe to don or a hat to toss in the air. She completed an eight-week course and now feels better prepared for her baby boy’s due date on Sept. 22. “This will be my sixth baby,” said Hardrick. “I...
Mayor Jim Strickland unveiled “HireMemphis” Wednesday, a hiring initiative to get more young people working in the city. “In Memphis alone, there are 30,000 youth ages 16-24 who are neither employed nor in school,” Strickland said. “I see this as an additional byproduct and cause of our unacceptable high rate...
By J. Dylan Sandifer, High Ground News There is a major change underway in how patients are treated at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital pediatric clinic. Pediatricians at Le Bonheur, who see 95,000 outpatient visits annually, ask their young patients about food, housing and transportation security during regular medical checkups. Le...
I was 34 years old when I could no longer escape the man I never wanted to see again. For the past 30 years, the day designated to celebrate men’s investment in their children has not brought me a great deal of joy. In 1988, just two weeks after Father’s...
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A 10-year-old girl in Nashville, TN, who was bullied for sporting an afro is aiming to return to school “bigger and better.” The student, Promise Sawyers who has worn her hair natural her entire life, started fifth grade at Head Middle Magnet School, first while wearing braids but would opted...