Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis

Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis

Parenting advice and inspiration for raising smart, confident Black children. Join host and Ground Control Parenting founder Carol Sutton Lewis for weekly conversations with guests––familiar and new––about the joys and real work of parenting.

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May 11, 2021 49 min

As we parent through this pandemic, who has the greater challenge: parents of toddlers and little ones, trying to help them make sense of it all, or parents of older children who have to help them keep it together as their academic, personal and work lives threaten to fall apart? And what can these different generations of parents learn from each other?  Carol poses these questions to three dynamic women––Monique Péan, who is raisi...

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Carol talks with celebrated poet, award winning author, distinguished educator, and President of the Mellon Foundation Elizabeth Alexander about her parenting journey, her theories on education, and the importance of financial literacy and philanthropy.

Elizabeth is a resilient mother of two sons who had to reconstruct her life and parenting village after the sudden death of her husband, Ficre Gheybreyesus. In this episode she share...

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As we focus on (so many!) daily parenting details, how do we make sure we are teaching our children our values and giving them a moral core?  What do we have to resolve in ourselves to be able to parent with joy, a key to raising joyful, confident children? How do we turn those hard lessons from how we were parented into a roadmap for better parenting? In a lively, spirited conversation filled with tips on how to evolve our parenti...

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Carol talks with  Sandra Jackson-Dumont, visionary arts educator and Director & CEO of the  Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, about why and how we need to have art and museums in our children’s lives from day one.  Exposure to art builds so many skills from a very young age!  Sandra tells us how to explore museums in-person and online in ways that open up new vistas for children and  parents,  how museums can spark and inform grea...

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In this season opener, Carol talks with college admissions experts and authors of The College Conversation , Eric Furda (former Dean of Admissions at UPenn)  and Jacques Steinberg (award-winning education journalist and author).  Eric and Jacques discuss their latest tips and insights on how your teen should be applying to college from start to finish, and how you can help. They reveal  “The Four C’s” that students should be lookin...

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February 10, 2021 16 min

It’s a wrap!  Our second season of talking about the joy and the real work of parenting Black children has featured great guests offering lots of helpful advice.   In this bonus episode, host Carol Sutton Lewis recaps some of the themes and highlights of the season.  Stay tuned for more great parenting conversations in Season Three, coming soon!


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February 1, 2021 47 min

Author &  journalist Caroline Clarke discusses her accidental discovery of and reunion with her birth mother–Cookie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole–and its impact on her existing and newly expanded family. Caroline told this story in her memoir Postcards from Cookie,  and here she reveals additional details not captured in the book, including an incredible update.  You won’t want to miss our discussion of adoption, parenting, f...

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January 27, 2021 42 min


Best-selling author and on-air host Nancy Redd talks about the values that stem from her Southern roots and shares some of the unexpected silver linings which have emerged from quarantining with her husband and their 9 & 6 year olds over the past ten months.  You’ll also hear about the making of Bedtime Bonnet,  her sensational new children’s book that celebrates Black night time hair care rituals.  A fascinating conversation t...

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Why show art to an infant?  Why should we encourage our children to “get lost” in paintings? What’s the art and social justice connection? Who are some of the African-American artists whose work we and our children should get to know?  Franklin Sirmans, director of Miami’s Perez Art Museum, answers these questions and many more in this lively discussion about art and art education.  


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In this thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion, College Board CEO David Coleman provides the latest information and valuable perspective on the SAT & AP testing in the coming year, and much more.  Parents won’t want to miss his great advice on how to help students of all ages combat test anxiety and improve test performance.  


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December 29, 2020 16 min

As 2020 comes to a close, here's a recap of the Ground Control Parenting  podcasting journey.  We cover the road to our midyear launch, explore some of the themes and lessons from our 2020 podcasts, and offer some hints of what's ahead for 2021.  

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Producer and political & social activist Keisha Sutton-James talks about the important lessons she learned growing up with her grandfather, civil rights leader, politician and businessman Percy E. Sutton.  Keisha shares how these lessons shaped her life and how she shares them  with her daughters.  We cover a lot of great parenting ground in this conversation, including talking with our children about our history, religion and ...

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Excited for the holidays?  Not Really?  Stanford University’s Dr. Victor Carrion, our resident stress expert, tells us how to help our families (and ourselves) get through this pandemic holiday season.  Hear why we need to take our temperatures, and it’s not for a Covid check! 




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December 8, 2020 45 min

Erica Reid is a best-selling author, healthy living expert, and founder & CEO of nécessité, a health and wellness living platform.  In this fascinating and fun conversation Erica shares how her passion for parenting, combined with her determination to improve her children’s health, paved her way to becoming a best-selling author and entrepreneur.  Discover how she is generously helping women focus on caring for their children a...

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Johnson C. Smith University President Clarence “Clay” Armbrister and his wife, former banking executive Denise McGregor Armbrister, share their triumphs and challenges raising a family of five which includes children with special needs and two adopted siblings.  Hear the inspirational story of how this family came together with determination and love.  This is superhero parenting at its best.


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November 24, 2020 39 min

 Emmy award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield reflects on the wonderful, nurturing, complex bonds between mothers and daughters, the revelations of quarantine, and much more.  

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In a conversation rich with wise advice and a lot of laughter, good friends and fellow actors LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Pauletta Washington share how they managed to raise their children away from the glare of the Hollywood spotlight that shines so brightly on their husbands Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington.  Hear these long-time friends explain how their Southern roots, self-awareness and good common sense informed the...

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November 10, 2020 47 min

We’re back with Season 2!  Sal Khan, founder of online education powerhouse Khan Academy, tells us how parents can help their children learn during this pandemic. Khan’s tips for learning success are not to be missed!

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Checking in with Stanford University psychiatrist Dr. Victor Carrion for advice about how to deal with the stress so many parents and children are feeling about next week's election.  

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September 8, 2020 8 min

Host Carol Sutton Lewis gives a recap of the inaugural season's themes and highlights.  Stay tuned for more great parenting conversations in Season 2, coming very soon!!  

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