The third Sunday in the month of June, is when we celebrate our all fathers, uncles, husbands and others men who have brought life into the world. The roles that you have played, be they good or bad, or minimal have impacted the life of your child or children. This is not the day for anyone to decide whether you are a real, fake or partial father. That is a decision that you and your wife, girlfriend or lady will have to make within the confines of your meeting place.

 

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ALLPARENTSONDECK, would like to express gratitude to all fathers. We hope that you will receive the recognition and gratitude that you deserve for supporting your wife and/ or the mother of your children. Thank you for the role that you have played in positioning your children into positions of excellence and instilling in them self-confidence and for getting involved in their respective school communities.

Thank you for talking them up and sharing special moments with your coworkers within your places of employment. Thank you for the small things that you said to your daughters and sons to give them the confidence to thrive. Thank you for demonstrating to your family the value of working hard, getting an education and respecting others. Thank you for all of the sacrifices that you made, in order that your children could have a far better life than yours. Thank you most of all for teaching them the tenements of faith and for being that type of man, that others aspire to be like and pattern their parenting skills after. There are so many of you in the world and you deserve recognition for all that you do and will continue to do in the future. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to ALL FATHERS.

Condolences To Families and Victims of Orlando Shooting 06/12/2016

Expressions of sympathy is never enough for loved ones, when they lose family members to sickness, death and violent crimes. However, in situations where cold-blooded crimes occur in our land – there doesn’t seem to be very much more than the citizenry can do or say.

justletuslove-clip-art-4I would like to express my condolences to each family member whose loved one was injured or killed, on June 12, 2016 by an evil killer, who opened fire in a gay club in Orlando, Florida. It is my sincere hope and prayer that millions of Americans and others in different countries, will pray for healing in our land and in the hearts of each mother, father, sister, brother and partner, who is preparing to bury the remains of their loved one.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon Edwards-Billings

President/Founder

ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC.

We Made Music Together -4/29/2016

On Friday, April 29, 2016, I had the privilege of meeting 20 distinguished parent honorees who met me at the Overture Center – Rotunda Stage, filled with great anticipation and excitement. Our first Award Ceremony for parent honorees and 3 Educators was fabulous. Each parent received recognition for their willingness to volunteer their time in the classroom, playground or wherever the teacher needs them at a given time of the day. I was especially in awe of their amazing backgrounds and the exciting things that many of their children are accomplishing – post high school and college graduation. Other parents, brought their young children on the stage and allowed them to partake in their moment of recognition.

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We all know that neither of the parents present, nor all of the other parents who willing volunteer their time – ask for this type of treatment. We also know that we need to do more to recognize the millions of parents and community members who do so much to support our students and teachers. Thank you to each one of you for taking a bold step and trusting me with your time and your amazing lives. I apologize for any snafus or the misspelling of your name or a glitch with your certificate not printing correctly. I know who you are and when the dust settles, I promise to make it up to you. Thank you so much for making our day a great one. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions and or concerns that you might have during the school semester. The videos of the event will be uploaded to You Tube shortly and photos from the photographer will be available soon. Thank you for coming and for your patience!

Sharon Edwards-Billings
ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC
Director/Founder

YOUR COMFORT ZONE

It seems that my pastor and I were thinking in the same vein on 03/08/2015. He spoke about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone from a spiritual basis and allowing God’s presence to reign, flow and lead to abundance in everything that we attempt to do. He encouraged his members to expand their ways of thinking and to strive for a prosperous and spirit-filled life. His message coincided in part, with thoughts that I had about a gathering that I hosted with several women, who were invited to our first:

 EVERY WOMAN NEEDS A MARGARET – (EWNAM) TEA PARTY.

They represented different age groups, faiths, socioeconomic stratus and education levels. Each women was given an opportunity to share whatever issues, concern or question was on their mind, without any provoking from me, as the facilitator of this group. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, women came out of their comfort zones and shared their thoughts and ended up with a plethora of information and a greater appreciation of other women and their cultural norms and expectations.

Their willingness to step out of their comfort zones and allow others to know them in their true sense of self, was provocative and liberating to each person in the room. I asked myself two poignant questions?

  1. “How would other women and men feel, if they too, could step out of their comfort zones and share their feelings in a non-hostile environment, that welcomed open and honest discussions”?  

2.   How would these type of discussions impact a parents’ ability to do their part to ameliorate discords of racism, sexism,  homophobia and religious intolerance? How would these changes impact our schools?

HOW TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

Acknowledge & include another parent in upcoming activities at your school that you would not 
normally speak to. 
Invite him/her into your school clique and express your interest in getting to know him/her better. 
Become more sensitive to your environment and to different groups of parents. 
Replace fear with curiosity and a determination to learn about others, through direct contact with a person - not a classroom setting. The best way to learn about someone is to speak with them on a 
frequent basis.The person that you reach out to might be as anxious to be included and valued.  

TAKE A CHANCE AND STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

 GET INVOLVED & ATTEND one of our parent groups. 

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READ YOUR HEART OUT DAY!

An opportunity to return to an elementary school to participate in an annual program, that encourages parents of color to read to students, was a refreshing change from my usual schedule.

The best part of the day was an opportunity to read a book in the classroom of Maestra, who is a Bilingual Resource Teacher, a wife and mother  of 2 adult college students and most of all my friend.

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I was honored when I walked in her class to see a sea of First Language Spanish Speaking Students.  I hope that they enjoyed hearing a non-native spanish speaker, reading to them in their native language with  excitement and drama, as much as I did. I, also enjoyed the entire process of coming to their school to participate in READ YOUR HEART OUT DAY.

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I would like to publicly thank Maestra for what she does to reach out to her students and make sure that their academic needs are met and peppered with love. Thank you also to the wonderful Principal and Assistant Principal, for hosting parents on READ YOUR HEART OUT DAY and throughout the school year. I, was honored to be able to participate in this wonderful event.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we provided updates to our website. We apologize for any inconveniences that these changes caused you, or your organization. We hope that you enjoy our new look and find everything that you need, to support your efforts as an INVOLVED PARENT, SCHOOL OR BUSINESS. 

Your input and comments are welcomed!