La Belle Negresse

Etiquette for Everyday Living

Everyone Is Doing It!

Last week, I wrote that I received 4 comments/questions from readers I wish to answer publicly. One question was about my “obsession” (according to the writer) with child abuse. My … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Twelve Signs He’s Not That Into you….

………but wants your child! You just met or started dating, yet he is eager to meet your children He’s constantly asking about your kids and their activities…. More than he … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Single, Needy and Clueless……With Children

Dating after divorce or a long term relationship, can be difficult. Especially for women with young children. Any woman wishing to date and/or remarry, must learn to vet and be … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

You are NOT the Father….. A Father’s Day Tribute

I tend to stay off my Facebook and Twitter feeds on Father’s Day. I get tired of reading the “I am super woman, because I am both Mommy and Daddy … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Raising Little Women….

Growing up in a community where boys are treated like little Kings, incapable of doing any wrong or take care of themselves , while girls are raised to act like … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Planting The Right Seeds…. Raising Daughters To Be More Than Baby Mamas

Our parents plant seeds in us that grows as we do.  Some parents plant seeds of love, respect, independence, responsibility and self-worth. While others plant seeds of guilt, fear, obligation, … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

Childhood Thieves

Have you seen my childhood… I’m pretty sure many women in the black community could relate to this Micheal Jackson song. Forced to grow up too fast and too soon. … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Twelve Reasons Why Your Teen Disrespects You

Twelve Reasons Why Your Teen Disrespects You 1. You are inconsistent. You say one thing, but do another…. Sometimes the complete opposite of what you preach. 2. Your home and … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Elephant In The Black Community….

Everyone is talking about the ratchetness going on in the Black Community. Out of wedlock pregnancies, low marriage rates, high STD rate, high drop out rates… We have highs where … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

You Are Not The Momma!

You are Not The Momma! I’ll never forget the day my mother received a letter from my 6th grade teacher, asking permission for me to participate in sex education class, … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Dreaded Teenage Years….

The dreaded teenage years My daughter turned 18 years old a few days ago, it’s hard to believe my “baby” is considered an adult. I look at her and I … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some things are better left unsaid…

Twelve things to never say to a child “Why can’t you be more like….?”  Comparisons hurt, feed sibling rivalry, and make your child resentful. Instead, compare a child’s present behavior … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Common Courtesy In Public….What happened?

You can tell a lot about a persons upbringing by the way he/she behaves in public. While it may be difficult to teach old dogs new tricks, young children and teens can … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Twelve bible verses your child should know before twelve…

Teach them while they are young…. Luke 6:31    “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Ephesians 6:1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Twelve things your child must know, before twelve!

They are not in any particular order, but are essential basic skills every child should have by the end of their tween years. How to sit and eat at the … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment
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