The Most Important Lesson I Taught My Daughters I Learned from Halle Berry

When I hear the name Halle Berry, I immediately think of three things: her gorgeous face, her adorable pixie cut, and her messy break-ups. She is often in the press for her impeccable red-carpet looks, her cosmetic company endorsements, and her roller coaster of a love life. However, when it comes to giving parenting advice, her name doesn't appear on any lists that I know of. Nevertheless, one of the most important lessons I ever taught my daughters is a lesson I learned from Miss Halle Berry herself. Funny thing is, I doubt that she even knows what a perfect example she is. ...more

The Power of "yes ma'am" and "yes sir"

I don't know about you, but I was raised saying "yes ma'am", "no ma'am", "yes sir" and "no sir". I spoke this way to my parents, their friends, my grandparents, teachers, and adults in the community. As an adult I answer everyone this way including my husband (not because he asks me to, but because it's respectful). As a kindergarten teacher I found that when I answered the children with "yes ma'am?" or "yes sir?" they did the same to me in return. It created a positive climate in the classroom and mutual respect. The same can and should be done at home....more