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Why You Should Never Spank Your Daughter

This piece was originally published on ForHarriet.com. by Dr. Stacey Patton I’m not saying that you’re a bad parent if you spank your child/ren. But if you are raising a daughter, you might want to know how your decision to … Continue reading

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How To Talk To Children About Mike Brown, Ferguson & Matters of Race

Dear Mother Wit, Because of all of the news about the cop killings of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and John Crawford, my son is having nightmares about being murdered by police. How do I make him feel safe when he … Continue reading

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Taming Out-Of-Control Playdates, Without the Smackdown

Dear Mother Wit, My 8-year-old is friends with a white classmate whose parents let her do just any ol’ thing when my daughter goes to their home for playdates, like leave toys all in the floor, snack in her room … Continue reading

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Biracial Mom: What Do I Do When Black Relatives Pressure Me To Spank?

Dear Mother Wit, I’m a biracial mother married to a black man and we have two kids, ages 8 and 2, and another on the way. When we go to one particular family’s house, my toddler acts out more than … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Kid To Stop Swinging On You When She Can’t Have Her Way

Dear Mother Wit, My 2-year-old has been hitting me, her big sister, the kids out on the playground, pretty much everybody she comes in contact with.  I popped her hand a few times and told her “No! Stop that, bad … Continue reading

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Whoop That Child, Damage That Brain. Like Yours Was.

By Stacey Patton, Ph.D. The following piece was originally published on ForHarriet.com. “I’m gonna spank my child when he acts out. I got my butt whooped when I was a child and today I’m fine!”  I recently heard a 40-something-year-old … Continue reading

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Help! My Son Is Getting Bad Grades

Dear Mother Wit, My sixth grader came home with a D in math and a C in science and I’m mad as hell about it. He always got As and Bs in school, but now he’s messing up his grades … Continue reading

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Giving Your Child Some ‘Act Right’ at the Grocery Store

Dear Mother Wit, I took my three-year-old to the grocery store with me last week and by the time we got to the cashier, she lost her natural born mind.  I should have torn her little butt up right then … Continue reading

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What’s Really Behind the War on (White) Women?

I’m sharing this piece that I wrote for www.forharriet.com earlier this week.  While the aim of this piece is to demonstrate how the fixation on white babies and a white future through controlling white women’s reproductive activities is connected to … Continue reading

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“Whoop That Bully Or I’ll Whoop You!”

Dear Mother Wit, I found out recently that a kid on my son’s bus has been bullying him.  It started with him calling my son names, and then the bully tripped my boy a couple times while he was making … Continue reading

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