I love to cook – What Mom taught, I share with my boys

I love to cook! It’s a skill I learned early in life, thanks to Mom. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t her sous chef, unless one of my aunts was in the kitchen, too.

When I was about 10, old enough to stay home by myself during the summer, Mom would have me defrost the meat, usually chicken, when she left for work in the morning. Throughout the day, she’d call with instructions to season the meat, preheat the oven, start the rice or pasta and begin steaming the vegetables.

By the time she arrived home in the evening, dinner was served.

I didn’t know it then, but Mom’s daily instructions got me hooked on cooking, a passion I want to pass on to my own two boys.

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Worrying Never Ends, But Have Faith in Who Your Child Will Become

Have faith in your child

Worrying about your kid never ends, but eventually you begin to have faith in your child, their abilities and the person they become.

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Roots Rock Reggae for the Thinking Man

Hurricane Ridge Photo by Bobby Stevenson on Unsplash
Photo by Bobby Stevenson on Unsplash

In this interview with Roots Rock Reggae on TakomaRadio.org where we cover manhood, fatherhood, parenting, entrepreneurship, bullying and much more. Many thanks to host Soul Rebel for the opportunity to share what we do at Thinking Good with your audience. The music is dope and the conversation inspiring. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Listening to Music Through New Ears

Riding in the car with the family when Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” comes on and my oldest says, “Why does this sound like Slick Rick?” When the rapped verse comes on my oldest shouts, “he even sounds like Slick Rick.” For the first time in more than 25 years listening to this song, I heard it for the first time. In under five minutes #myson gave me a deeper appreciation for a #song that has played in the background for most of my #adultlife. #thatsmyboy #ThanksSon #TeachMe #ImReadyToLearn #ProudDad #MyKidKnowsHipHop #HipHopHead #RaiseThemRight #ThemPalmerBoys #hiphop #rapmusic #slickrick #montelljordan #thisishowwedoit #childrensstory #classichiphop #90srnb #ThinkingGood #Fatherhood #musicwithkids #BeYourBetterSelf #harrypottershirt #nextgen #hiphopkids

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Run Your Race Baby Boy

 

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No time to exercise? This is a must read!

Check out this awesome infograph from FatherhoodFitnessFinance.com on how to invest wisely to optimize your health and wellness.


Finding Time to Exercise

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Growing Up Alone – How To Raise Independent and Responsible Children

At the Corner of 3rd and Douglas

Intersection of Life photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash
Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

I live in the Edgewood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. across the street from a school. When my wife and I bought our house, it was a public school serving a low to moderate-income population that was 95 percent African American, reflecting the neighborhood demographics.

Each morning when I headed to work I’d find a trail of discarded Little Hug juice bottles, honey bun wrappers and empty potato chip bags leading to the school. Weeds sprouted through the cracks in the asphalt on the school grounds and the play structure was tattered and rusty. The schoolyard looked more like a laboratory for tetanus rather than a playground for children. Inside, portable walls, not classrooms, separated the kids who were group two grades at a time (1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th). When I visited the school to inquire about volunteering one morning, I heard several teachers instructing their students at the same time, and a disruption in one classroom affected the others.

The school closed a few years after we moved in and briefly became a hangout for older teens and young adults who smoked weed, drank and played dice.

Eventually, gentrification took over, the school was reopened as a charter school and the building was overhauled.  The playground was upgraded. Sunflowers and a community garden replaced the weeds. Woodchips covered the fissured asphalt. A section of the sidewalk was replaced and white children soon made up about 40 percent of the new student body—although the neighborhood demographics barely changed. Former First Lady and President Obama even came to christen the new facility. Even the litter got an upgrade, with Honest Juice boxes and string-cheese wrappers in the gutter instead of the cheap, corner-store junk-food trash.

Parking is a little harder to find, hey, that’s life in the big city.

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Suite Talk: Laugh and Learn with The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin

The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin fatherhood, marriage, money and more.
Comedian Mike Goodwin – Photo Courtesy of Mike Goodwin
Get ready to laugh and be inspired in this rollicking conversation with The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin as we explore fatherhood and marriage, developing the confidence to believe in yourself, learning from failure, money management and more.

Our conversation with Mike is a must listen if, you are like so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

Mike has penned two pieces for Thinking Good, Respect The Green Room and How to Kill the Interview, and there will be more to come. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

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Childhood: Dancing In Puddles

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A Perfect Fall Day, Father and Sons

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