Hey Ma, “I’m still learning.”

I woke up this morning with a need to write. Later in the day, a text message conversation with my son helped me understand my drive to write about this topic. When I took out my journal, I thought about my children and their journeys to adulthood. I was reminded of discussions with people of […]

“Hey Ma, Do you think my major is crazy?”

When my kids were in middle school, each of them began to contemplate what they wanted to be when they grew up.  I wrote a blog post about the guidance I gave them on that topic (See http://wp.me/p6L8u0-45 ). The question about the major came as the kids got closer to high school graduation. I […]

Hey Ma, why did you pick this name for me?

On a recent cross-country flight, I sat next to a woman and we talked about our jobs and opportunities to talk about leadership with educators and students alike.  Our conversation later turned to talk about our family dynamics and our children which led to us chatting about how people decide the names of their children.  […]

Hey Ma, I Gotta Go!

In the last few months, I have been a part of conversations with a number of young moms talking about their little kids and their potty needs.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to concern myself with facilitating potty needs, but I’m not so far removed that I’ve forgotten.  After considering the risk […]

Hey Ma, Can you help me with this family tree project for school?  

As I was thinking about Black History Month, the infamous family tree assignment crossed my mind.  The family tree project frustrated me when I was in grade school and it frustrated me when my children came home trying to figure out the names of the family members to write on each limb the photocopied tree. […]

Hey Ma, I’m gonna do something that might make you mad

It has been my experience that my boy doesn’t call often and when he calls his conversations generally consist of very select topics or direct questions.   When my phone rang and I saw that it was my boy calling, I was especially sparkly inside.  He wasn’t calling to ask for money or to share […]

Hey Ma, I had a nightmare!

I usually write about “Hey, Ma” moments with my kids.  But, this post is about a personal “Hey Ma” moment.  I remember having a lot of nightmares when I was a child.  My earliest memories of nightmares date back to about age six or seven.  I remember waking up terrorized by something in my dreams. […]

Hey ma, somebody just rear-ended me

Answering the phone in the middle of the day and having my son on the other end saying that he just got rear-ended put everything else on pause.  My immediate response was to tell him that I was on my way to the scene which happened to be right down the street from his school. […]

Hey, Ma what should I be?

When I was in the eighth grade, my junior high school administration decided to create clubs focused on career and professional choices. The idea was to bring professionals from the community into the school to tell us about their career fields and afford us an opportunity to ask questions about their daily grind. I joined […]

Hey Ma, everybody has one!

If you are a parent, you have probably heard, “Everybody has one!” One can be whatever the fad or trend is for whatever age group you may be dealing with at the time.  I heard this with the trading cards I refused to buy and all of the things related to at least two popular […]