It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.-Frederick Douglass
I am married and the mom of two boys. Instead of Two and a Half Men, I’m living with One and 3/4 Men. (I’m bad at math). I like to think of myself as the black Liz Lemon (30 Rock). I’m nerdy, quirky and funny in my own mind. Thankfully, I have a teenage son to remind me I’m not that funny or cool. Growing up, I hung out with my brother and his friends and thankfully learned a lot about boys and men. As the D.W. in my brother’s life (for my Arthur fans), I began to realize that boys are deceptively simple.
I chose to start Raising Great Men a little over a year ago for two reasons: 1) I wanted to help other moms of boys navigate the challenges of raising boys and 2) I didn’t want my sons to grow and be like some of the guys my friends and I dated. I also wanted to share my experience as a woman who has been around boys and men for over 30 years. ( That may sound dirty unintentionally).
I am a guy’s girl. I enjoy watching sports and instead of chick flicks, I like Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler movies (Don’t judge me). I am a flawed Christian and a work in progress (but who isn’t?).
Anyway, I’m not just some random mom, below is my professional bio:
With more than 15 years experience of providing health and education training and development services, Marie Roker-Jones – a Certified Breakthrough Parenting® Instructor and Intrinsic Coach® in Health and Wellness – helps moms navigate the challenges of raising sons as they journey from boyhood to manhood.
Marie is the founder of Raising Great Men™ – real talk about raising boys to become men of character – and What Kind of Man Do You Want to Be™ – an initiative to help boys and young men create a road map for their future.
As a wife to a soldier of multiple deployments, Marie speaks about the challenges of raising a military family. Marie understands the struggle of balancing personal, family and professional goals during a deployment, and also helps mothers guide sons during a father’s absence. Marie also addresses how to help children adjust after deployment.
Marie has taught Career Development at Lehman College and City College in New York. She has worked with students and parents in public elementary, middle and high schools in New York City and has conducted workshops for Monroe College, The Harlem Book Fair, The Westchester Children’s Book Festival, Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy, Monroe College, The New York City Charter School Center and LinkEducation’s K-12 Expo.
Her most requested workshops include:
- Surviving Deployment
- You Are What You Say-Responsible Social Networking
- Mom Language vs. Son Language-How to Talk So Your Son Will Listen
- Brilliant But Lazy Series™- How to Motivate Underachieving Boys
- How to Raise a Gentleman in a Thug Culture
- Parenting From the Inside Out: Building Strong Foundations for Raising Men of Character
- What Kind of Man Do You Want to Be™?
Marie has created a village of support for moms through her Raising Boys in the City Meetup, webinars, Raising Great Men™ BlogTalk Radio Show and #MomsofBoysChat on Twitter. Marie is passionate about creating a generation of compassionate, responsible and respectful men. She is fulfilling this legacy by giving moms the tools they need to help their sons create a road map for their future. Marie was the co-organizer for the Friends of Ricki parenting Meetup in New York City, organizing parenting events for The Ricki Lake Show with PIX 11, Whole Foods, Sephora and more.
Marie hosts the “Man You Want to Be” monthly Google hangouts which is a discussion with young men on topics relating to their personal and academic success.
Marie has written for The Ricki Lake Show, The Good Men Project and Black Life Coaches. Her articles have also appeared on xoJane, Thought Catalog and Uptown Magazine. She also is the senior editor of “Raising Boys” on The Good Men Project. She has been a guest on The Ricki Lake Show, Hot 97’s Street Soldier, OneWorld Radio, The Dr. Vibe Show and The Chelsea Krost Show.
I am a certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor, Intrinsic Coach, graduate of Fordham University and have graduate certificates in Stress Management and Leadership.
For media inquiries, please download my MarieRoker-Jones Media Kit