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LISTEN: Embracing My Princess Boy

By , December 10, 2012

Last month, we had the privilege of being joined by Cheryl Kilodavis - author of My Princess Boy – for our second installment of the Welcoming Schools’ Book Connect Webinar Series.

Welcoming Schools Regional Consultant Tracy Flynn hosted this webinar focused around diversity and family engagement. Before introducing Cheryl Kilodavis, Tracy discussed a few topics including:

  • An overview of the Welcoming Schools project
  • Data on family involvement
  • Diversity of families and communities that we work with, and how that can impact children’s well-being in school

Cheryl continues the conversation by talking about her story, her family, and her book. Her son, Dyson, is the inspiration for My Princess Boy. He is a boy who likes “pretty things,” including sparkly dresses, the color pink and ballet costumes. She struggled with accepting her son, but one day, Dyson's older brother helped her realize she needed to rethink her approach.

Cheryl now not only accepts her son and his differences, but embraces them. She shares her story across the country with the hopes that everyone will learn to embrace the unique traits of every child. She has learned that conversations with disagreements are still positive because conversations help to change society. She has also learned the value of pausing and letting things happen before immediately jumping in, to remedy a situation that may not even need remedying.

You can visit Cheryl’s website to learn more about her and her story, email her and buy a copy of My Princess Boy.

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