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Thank you for visiting us! Beccastone was created by a Black mom as a resource for moms and others working to raise healthy and successful Black children with a strong sense of history and self. Beccastone is a safe place to discover articles, tips and practical advice on every day parenting challenges and the special issues facing Black children. Read more about our founder and Rebecca’s stone marker, the inspiration for our name.

CONVERSATION WITH DR. CARL M. REDDIX

Health & Beauty

by Beccastone Editorial

Beccastone sat down with Dr. Carl M. Reddix to discuss issues related to teen reproductive health. These issues are particularly important to consider as teens head off to school and college. Dr. Carl Reddix practices obstetrics and gynecology with The Reddix Medical Group in Jackson, MS. Dr. Carl Reddix is a graduate of Tougaloo College …

How to Help Your Child with Homework

Education

by Charly Simpson

As a full-time 7th grade tutor in Massachusetts and later as a Social Work Intern at a K-8 school in Pennsylvania, I watched many students succeed and many others struggle. I noticed that many students shared one particular struggle: homework. Homework is an important piece of the learning process and often counts for a large …

Talking to Kids About Online Porn

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

The Internet has most everything to satisfy the curiosity of our children, but this also includes pornography and sexually graphic materials, which can sometimes appear just from using certain search terms.   So it’s important to give kids early the tools to understand online porn: that some of what is on the Internet is just …

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What is Too Much Homework?

Education

by Beccastone Editorial

Recently, a controversial study raised questions about the benefits of homework. Agree or disagree, it’s worth thinking about some of the ideas discussed in the study as our children head back to school.  Denise Pope, Stanford lecturer, vodcaster and co-author of the study, took some time to talk to Beccastone about homework “busy-work, why neither works well and what to do instead.

You  co-authored a study about homework effectiveness. …

Your Values, Your Destiny

Values & Beliefs

by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

As I sat on the grounds of the United States Capitol when Barack Obama was taking the oath of office, I felt a close kinship to him, though we have never met. The reason was that I had read his book, “Dreams From My Father,” and from it, I learned that he, like I, was …

Q&A with Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III of Abyssinian Baptist Church

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

Beccastone talks to Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, New York City, and President, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, about parenting, religion and the church.

Beccastone: What role can the church play in helping parents to raise their children?

Rev. Calvin Butts: The church should be a place …

Top Ten Ways for Our Children to Give Back

Values & Beliefs

by Beccastone Editorial

In a time of peace and good will towards others, sometimes, we can forget our neighbors. As we pile food on our plates, wrestle with other shoppers at the mall, and shake wrapped boxes stacked under the tree for clues, we can forget the spirit of giving, and our children are no different. In addition …

Our History…Our Children Need It…

Values & Beliefs

by Julieanna Richardson

When I was nine years old and the only black kid in my class, my teacher asked us to talk about our family backgrounds. I marveled as my classmates regaled us with stories about their family lineage. They were part-Irish, part-British, part German. What was I? The only thing we studied back then in my …

Lupita Nyong’o: A Beautiful Role Model and So Much More

Culture & Entertainment

by Beccastone Editorial

What a cause for celebration that People magazine selected Lupita Nyong’o (the Oscar winner for her role in12 Years a Slave) for its cover as the most beautiful person in the world!

Lupita Nyong’o is a positive role model for all young people and presents a good opportunity for parents to talk to their kids generally about what makes someone …


Growing Minority Engineers



Education

by Beccastone Editorial

Our children like math and science too — so why aren’t they more visible in the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Not just faces of color, but young women? Beccastone previously talked to Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, about this subject and his work to …