It Takes a Village: The Importance of Education in the Black Community

 

Educator and Speaker

Educator and Speaker

We have a great responsibility in making sure that ALL children receive a quality education. We need parents to be actively involved and support your child’s teacher! “It takes a villiage…” Our community suffers the most because we don’t put emphasis on the importance of education. Start today! Ask your child what they’ve learned everyday. Check their homework. Talk to them about their future and passion (career choices). Expect them to attend and finish college!!! Let’s disprove the statistics!!!
From the heart,
Mrs. Gwendolyn Owens-Educator (15th year)

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The Biggest Lie Ever Told!!!!

self-esteem

self-esteem (Photo credit: Key Foster)

Ladies, I want you to understand what you are doing to yourself for the sake of being with a male. You have to know you are worth more than you are accepting. That old adage,” It’s better to have a piece of a man than no man at all” is the biggest lie that has EVER been told. You should want the best for yourself!!! You deserve to be treated with kindness and respect instead of someone cursing, beating you, taking your money and stripping you of your self-esteem. You MUST change the way you view yourself. “You are worth more than rubies!” No matter what you have been told in life, you are worth being loved. You are God’s child and don’t you forget that! Love doesn’t hurt!!! RSWY wants you to know that you are NOT alone!!!

Family Ties That Bind

Mom and Dad

my grandbabiesBrian and Brandi

To those of you who have parents who are still living: do all you can because tomorrow is not promised. They have raised and nurtured you so make the time to check on them, run errands and take them places.
I am blessed beyond measure to still have my parents who are still married, alive and well. My mother is 75 and my father is 88. I am grateful for everything they have taught me, their unconditional love and guidance. Last week, I was able to go home. My dad and I had long talks about life and my mom and I had mother/daughter time. Also, I spent time with my children and grandchildren; they are my heart and soul. I cried when I left. Father, thank you for giving my parents longevity and keeping my children and grandchildren.

Father’s Day Blues

?????????????I know tomorrow a lot of children and adults are going to have mixed emotions about Father’s Day. If your dad is deceased, non-existent or you had a bad relationship, I ask that tomorrow you thank the non-biological men(surrogate fathers) for standing in the gap. To those of you who did not particpiate in your children’s lives, it’s never too late to ask for forgiveness and start building a relationship. If your children reject you, NO MORE EXCUSES, keep trying to reach out to them until the day you die. Understand they are hurt, disappointed, rejected and angry. However, forgiveness can take place when they are ready. Stop the vicious cycle, please!!!!
From the heart,
Gwendolyn

Should You Allow Your Boyfriend to Discipline Your Children? Hell No!!!

?????????????(Real Talk) Ladies, I just answered a question on Black Parents United ( please support): Is it appropriate to allow your boyfriend ( not the father) to discipline your child/children? (paraphrased) This is a pet peeve of mine. How could you allow a man ,that you are dating/boyfriend, to put his hands on your child? If he is not the father or your husband, you are out of line!!! We read online and hear on the news everyday about children being severely abused, tortured and even killed by a non- parent. MOTHERS protect your children. I realize there are different scenarios but you should set boundaries. If you are married to a man who is not the biological father, there needs to be a discussion and parameters set as to how/who disciplines the child/children. There are some excellent step-fathers out there who are loving and nurturing so kudos to you!!! But, this post is in reference to abusive boyfriends and sometimes step-fathers. Ladies, don’t EVER forget that your role is to protect your children!!! ( I am not trying to offend anyone; I am speaking out of love and being a voice for children.)
P.S. I would be in jail smoking cigarettes and I have asthma!!! You mess with my kids, I am going to have a state issued number across my chest!

Happy Mother’s Day from RSWY (Tribute to Deceased Mothers)

 

Good morning RSWY Faithful Followers:  Sunday is Mother’s Day and I would like to pay tribute to mothers who have transitioned. Please give your mother’s name, the year she passed and a few words. God bless each of you and may your hearts be filled with fond memories and not sadness. From the heart, Gwendolyn

“Mother, even though you are not with me physically, you continue to watch over me through the love I feel in my heart. Mommy, I miss you and may you continue to R.I.P. Happy Mother’s Day from the Sons and Daughters of Relationships Start With You.” (words on the picture)

Tribute to Deceased Moms from RSWY
My mother lost my grandmother Lucy Sherman on Feb. 17, 1990. She was a very quiet woman with a sweet spirit who loved her family and God. Mam-maw- I love and miss you so much and I know that you are watching over me!!! I did make you proud! Your grand-daughter, Gwendolyn

As Women, Where Do We Draw The Line…

I chose to be happyWhen a man disrespects you by calling you a b***h, wh**e and trap, why do you still allow him in your life. You were given a birth name. Others terms of endearment are fine but NEVER allow a man or woman to disrespect you. It poisons your mindset and then you think less of yourself. Stop dealing with little boys, cowards, abusers and males who will not get a job and instead lay on your couch, eat your food, use your air, water and lights, are mean to your children and then take your money. There are men out there who were raised well. You can do better!!! KNOW YOUR WORTH!!!
DYSFUNCTION is not a option!!! Love yourself and your children enough to get out of that unhealthy relationship. There are all kinds of government and private resources, family and friends that can help you ONLY if you want better! Always have a plan in place so that you are safe! I am fighting and praying for your strength!
From the heart!
Gwendolyn