Parenting

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...
As a new parent, if you knew there was something you could do to instantly provide not only nurturing but nutrition and protection for your newborn, you’d do it, right? If you’re physically capable of breastfeeding your newborn, there is. Experts have long said the practice is the best source...
By Cole Bradley, High Ground News Balloons, finger foods, tiny clothes, smiling guests, and mounds of diapers. On August 18, The House in Orange Mound at 3028 Carnes Avenue was buzzing with all the signs of a typical baby shower with one major exception. Instead of one mom-to-be, they celebrated...
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...
“I find it interesting that Webster’s dictionary provides definitions for the word “father” as a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means “a man who has begotten a child”; as a verb, it means “to take the responsibility for.” – Bernal E. Smith II This year Father’s Day,...
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...
At the end of the day, all mothers are working to raise healthy, happy human beings. And so if there’s a method or a style that works for you and your child or children, why not go with it? This very topic was heavily emphasized Saturday at District MotherHued’s first...
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,...
School is winding down but it’s never too late to learn a few things. Today’s topic: How to raise a “gifted” child, taught by Sheila Joy-Martin. Joy-Martin, along with her husband, Larry Martin, are the parents of Memphis’ new “2-million-dollar girl,” Lauryn Martin. Lauryn snagged more than $2 million in scholarship...
If ever a woman could be called “a mother among mothers,” Ora Dell Cooley Jackson would have to be considered one. She is everybody’s mother! At 96 (and celebrating another birthday in July “if the Lord lets me see it”), Mother Jackson came up from the cotton fields in Mississippi...