According to attendees,
Powerhouse Media Group's "BE THERE" parent symposium on Saturday,
September 29, 2019, made a true impact on them. Read their statements below:
"I absolutely enjoyed today's Parenting Symposium. I met some
powerful mothers and women who gave empowering information. I received
life-changing information that I will definitely use to enhance te lives of my
children. I feel the beginning of a sisterhood. Thanks to Feona Sharhran Huff
and Powerhouse Media Group for the invite to be a panelist. I pray that
something I said blessed someone."
–Jamesina Greene, Founder of A Mother’s Cry Empowerment
"This event was awesome for it taught me how to be a mother if
it's the Lord's will for me to have a family. I love the fellowship."–Medea "Dee" Johnson
"This forum was awesome. It was encouraging for me to be in the
presence of women of different walks, yet have the same commonality of being a
foundation for their families. I look forward to meeting again with these and
even new comers. This has been truly enjoyable." –Miranda
Lockhart, spoken word artist and educator
"A wonderful symposium bringing parents together to help become
even better parents. I have thoroughly enjoyed each presentation and meeting
other powerful women." –LaGuamna
Clemons, proud mother of two-year-old Walter
|These women are dedicated to being fully involved in the lives of their children and youth with whom they teach.|
Seven savvy and strong women of faith (some of which are mothers) weathered the rain to attend Powerhouse Media Group's free "BE THERE" parent symposium yesterday (Saturday, Sept 29, 2012) at the Indian River Public Library in Chesapeake, VA. LaGuamna Salley Clemons, Carla Kelly Turner, Jamesina Greene, Dee Johnson, Keisha Hawkins, Miranda "Beautiful" Lockhart and Dionne C. Sturdifen didn't make any excuses about coming out to share and receive information on how to be engaged in their children's lives and that of those they interact with, teach and mentor on a daily basis.
Some tears were shed, knowledge was gained, a sisterhood was formed and we walked away changed and challenged to do more, be more and stay involved in the lives of our precious children.
Keisha Hawkins said a mouthful when she stated that her son, actor and straight A student Malique Hawkins, is a gift from God and that she and husband Eric Hawkins are being good stewards of their gift. They recognized it from DAY ONE and continue to revolve their lives around their son.
I was blessed by the speech that my dear friend and sorority sister LaGuamna delivered regarding her and her husband's engagement in the lives of their two-year-old son, Walter. She said: "Between the ages of 0 to 4 years old, children are like sponges so they quickly begin to mimic what we as adults do and say. This is why it is important to us to be engaged in his life at such an early age but to also continue that engagement even as he g rows older and becomes the man that God has created him to be."
Jamesina Greene, author of "Help! I Don't Like Myself" and Founder of A Mother's Cry Empowerment, talked about the journey she has endeavored as a single mom and the effect her involvement had on the lives of her sons. She was transparent and shared heartfelt experiences.
Dee Johnson mentioned that because her father was active in her life, she was given an identity. So upon entering adolescent and adulthood years, no one was able to deceive her because she knew who she was and how valued she was thanks to her father.
Dionne C. Sturdifen, who is currently raising a teenager as a single mom , affirmed that she loved her son to life and makes it her life's mission to "be there" for Denson.
Carla, who I've known since our toddler days in preschool at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, dropped wisdom about "adopting" a child to mentor to who may not have a person in their lives currently that is fully engaged in their lives. NOTE: I'm already working on my adoption efforts! As an educator and reading readiness instructor, Carla has seen firsthand because of her line of work the devastating effects of parents who are not involved in their son's and daughter's lives. Yet, she affirms that there are still things that can be done. The mother of three sons herself, she's been actively involved from the onset of parenthood. I'm proud to know that because of her and husband Miguel L. Turner's love and care for their boys, they were able to successfully see their eldest son off to the military (a choice he was able to make -- which they supported him on -- because he had guidance from the beginning.
Miranda, a spoken word artist, was able to poetically articulate the desires of a mother to "be there" for her children. She drew from the experiences of her mother and others that she knew had to struggle but persevered to make sure their children didn't feel left out, forgotten, unwanted, or abandoned.
Lady Clara and Sir Isaac, of course, were there to hear what these lovely ladies had to say. Not only that, their ears and hearts were tuned in. So, after taking a nap when I got in from the symposium, my creative son had designed a picture using a paint program on his laptop. He titled the piece, "Mothers Will Never Let Boys Down" (FYI I'll post it shortly for your visual admiration!). It touched my heart. I felt so good because I know that with every beat of my heart I strive to "be there" for my princess and prince.
Again, I thank these ladies for showing up in the name of being there for their children and today's youth. I will be producing another "BE THERE" parent symposium in the near future for people who were unable to make it to Saturday's event.
Are you a good steward of your
time? From the moment that you wake up until you lay down to rest for the
evening, are you maximizing on the blessed hours that God has afforded you. If
you answered yes, then I applaud you. However, if you said no, I beg you to get
it together pronto. Time is one of the best commodities that the day possesses.
But, once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can’t get it back. There is no reversing
and you can’t click your heels and wish or will the minutes back.
My daughter Lady Clara, who now
cheers for her middle school, has one chant that I love so much because I
respect its message. It says: “Time is ticking on the clock so give it all
you got. Time is ticking on the clock so give it all you got. Time is ticking
on the clock so give it all you got.” How true is this!
So how do you
maximize on your seconds, minutes and hours? Before you get your day started,
sit down and map out what you want to do and need to accomplish and allow room
for breaks but be mindful of the distractions that on the DL (down low) rob
your time. Be task-oriented with a vengeance. I guarantee you will feel good about
our day. You will feel accomplished for you know that you’ve been a good
steward of your time.
Have a powerhouse day and
remember to use your time wisely.
Feona Sharhran Huff
Founder & CEO
Powerhouse Media Group