Not Such “Sterling” Behavior

iStock_000016502615_SmallI’m sure many of you have watched the unbelievable situation relating to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling, unfold.  After making awful, racist comments, lying to the media and others, bashing beloved NBA Legend, Businessman and Philanthropist, Magic Johnson, and a ridiculous interview with Anderson Cooper that was aired over the course of 3 days, it’s time for this man to go away!

Today Sterling announced that he will fight the NBA to remove his lifetime ban and said he will not pay the $2.5 million dollar fine imposed on him.  What a travesty!

As he bashed Magic Johnson, saying “he’s not a good role model for children” I thought to myself “and you are?!”  Something you always hear me talk about is learned behavior… what do you think our children are learning from this…? What types of thoughts do they have on this topic, if in fact they’re aware of it?

I personally believe that this is a parenting opportunity… a teachable moment.  While not easy, comfortable topics to talk about with our children, this is life!  I challenge all of you to use this situation for the positive.  Use this as a case study of what is wrong, and what not to do.  Talk about how many people this has hurt, not to the least of which are Sterling’s own family and brand.  Let’s use this opportunity to talk about bad choices and consequences, why lying and cheating are never the answer and why there is no place in our world today for racism.  I choose to teach truth and tolerance and encourage my kids to celebrate differences.  I hope you’ll join me!

Happy Friday!

Much love,
Renee

Celebrate Black History Month

Regardless of the color of our skin, we can all celebrate Black History Month.  There is a reason that it takes an entire month to celebrate… Black History is chalk-full of rich, American History, and we would be remiss if we did not use this month to reflect on the positive impact and contributions that this culture has made on our world.

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
 ~ Rosa Parks ~

Challenge your children (and yourself!) to learn about a historical black American that they believe changed our world for the better.  Here are some ideas:

  • Write an essay detailing the persons achievements and their life.
  • Write a letter to the historical black person of their choosing explaining how their legacy changed our world.
  • Using a poster board, put together a collage of photos and quotes highlighting a historical black American.

Let’s teach our children to “celebrate differences” and live without judgment.  Let’s teach our children to be mindful of intent vs. impact regarding the words that they speak.  Let’s model appropriate behaviors to our children to assist in the development of the whole child.

Please join us in celebrating Black History!

In gratitude,
Renee

Back to School Series, Part 5 – Let’s Talk About Happiness

iStock_000010954440XSmallMost kids are already back in school (thank goodness mine are!), and those that aren’t will be starting soon, so to wrap-up our “Back to School Series”, let’s talk briefly about Happiness. Continue reading

Book Reading and Signing on September 20, 2013

StarbucksFlierTopPlease join us from 4:00 – 6:00P as Local Southern California author, entrepreneur and mother, Renee Carter, reads and signs the second book from her inspirational My World Friends Series. Continue reading

Back to School Series, Part 3 – Let’s Talk About Responsibility

iStock_000009781215XSmallAs we prepare to send our children back to school, another excellent conversation to have with them is on Responsibility.

It’s clear that depending on age, responsibilities and our expectations of such will vary. Continue reading

Today is National Middle Child Day!

iStock_000009754631XSmallToday, August 12th, is National Middle Child Day!

One of the characters in the “My World Friends” family is a girl named Sidney.  She has an older sister and a younger brother… she’s stuck in the middle! Continue reading

I Accept… Do You?

TraceyI mentioned in a prior blog that I have a new book coming out.  The book is called “Who Do I Look Like?” and it’s about my Chinese character, May.  She was adopted from China and doesn’t look like anyone else in her family.  This has created a bit of an identity crisis for May. Continue reading