My son died in a hell hole

I can only imagine where he was staying

Charles was found dead in an apartment on Monument Avenue.

Not the gorgeous part lined with million dollar row houses and manicured little yards on cobblestone streets. I’m talking about the seedier part–the part I didn’t even know existed until we got news he died.  Obviously, a read more

Charles spent his whole life trying to pull all of us outside

The power was out and Charles was pumped. It was out after a Hurricane Isabel.

He loved it. Thought it was the grandest thing ever. Hurricane and no electricity meant everyone came outside.  Away from their big screen TVs and video games. School was cancelled and it was 24/7 play time!

Fortunately, read more

Bubble wrap parenting

Don’t want your kids to fail? Want to keep them safe? Want to know where your kids are every minute? Do you keep up with your kids grades and schoolwork to make sure it gets done?

You may be suffering from Bubble wrap parenting. Also referred to as helicopter parenting, this ailment means read more

I wanted to know what he was going to be

I was so curious. What would Charles become one day?

He was so quirky, funny, animated.

I struggled seeing him as an adult. But still I pondered and I wondered.

That’s what we all do, right? Wonder what our children will be one day. It’s the great reward.

When things got bad, I read more

Can you do something now to prevent young children from becoming addicts later?

I knew at an early age that Charles had the predisposition for substance abuse disorder. I was, however, unaware of a family history of depression and anxiety. And until recently, I never knew any family members had attempted suicide.

The diagnosis of ADHD apparently increases the risk of illegal read more

A creative genius slipped through my fingers

Of course I miss my son. But another part I miss is that the world lost someone so talented–before we ever really got to see the full breadth of what he had to offer.

He had such gift, so much left to create.

He could freestyle rap like no other human being. The words came to him so quickly read more