Join Us for the #Smarter Twitter Party on Wednesday, October 15th

BY: - 13 Oct '14 | Home

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This is part of a sponsored campaign with Hyundai.  All opinions are my own. 

One thing we always say here on BMWK is that a big part of having better relationships is making smarter choices.  And these smarter choices will sometimes involve making tough decisions, letting go of things and people that you have outgrown, apologizing to people that you have wronged, and being brave enough to put yourself first. That’s right…YOU! Having better relationships starts making better decisions.

Join us for the #Smarter Twitter party on Wednesday October 15th at 9 PM ET as we discuss ways we can improve our relationships with our spouses/mates, friends and families. We’ll be tweeting with some of our favorite online friends and we’ll be giving away several great prizes!! You don’t want to miss this!

Below are details on how you can join us and spread the word. See you on Wednesday at 9PM ET!

Join me & @blackandmarried for the #Smarter Twitter Party on Wed. 10/15 at 9PM ET Details –>  {Click To Tweet}

How to Join Us:

1) You’ll need to have a Twitter account. If you don’t have one you can sign up at

2) It’s a good idea to follow our Twitter accounts for info on upcoming chats (@blackandmarried@lamartyler@ronnietyler).

3) Beginners can follow along during the Twitter party here (TweetChat):

Party Details

  • Topic: How to improve your relationships with your spouses/mates, friends and families.
  • Date: Wednesday, October 15th
  • Time: 9PM ET
  • Hashtag: #Smarter
  • Co-Hosts: @momsncharge, @JaiStone, @GrownZone, @cafemocharadio and @MommyTalkShow
  • Prizes:  We will be giving the following 4 great prizes:
    • 1st prize –  One $25 AMEX Gift Card
    • 2nd prize – One $25 AMEX Gift Card
    • 3rd prize – One $50 AMEX Gift Card
    • 4th prize – One $100 AMEX Gift Card

Hyundai Smarter

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Ladies, it’s our time.  Visit the Hyundai Smarter web experience and show your power.  This is all about sharing the beauty, majesty and strength of strong women.  Visit the site for a chance to participate and win in the following:

  • Submit your story in 250 words or less sharing you how you’re living your life on your terms and how you are being Smarter with what you chose to do. Three (3) lucky ladies will be chosen to win a VIP trip to the 46th NAACP Image Awards in LA . Visit and enter to win.
  • And, one lucky winner will be driving off that night with the keys to a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited. “It’s your time; it’s our time; it’s my time.  Hyundai Smarter.”
  • Check out The Drive – Smarter Living video series feature women who are trendsetters and game changers, driving life in their own lanes.

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Hyundai to spread the word about their HYUNDAI SMARTER EXPERIENCE PROMOTION. All opinions are my own. 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 527 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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9 Ways to Survive & Thrive When One of You Stays at Home with the Kids

BY: - 14 Oct '14 | Home

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For many families, the decision to have one parent stay home to care for the kids is not always an easy one. It takes a strong team to create a balanced household and ensure that things run smoothly on the financial and domestic fronts.

My husband became a stay-at-home dad and full time student after he was laid off from his job during the recession. This was a new dynamic for us and there was a huge learning curve as we tried to figure things out.  These are some tips we learned along the way that helped our marriage survive and thrive as we embraced our new normal with one parent at home.

For the parent that works outside the home, try to remember:

  • After you get settled in, offer to spend time with the kid(s) for a few hours (feeding, play time, bath time, etc.) to give your spouse a break.
  • Don’t be judgmental if the house isn’t clean or in order. You don’t know what kind of day your spouse might have had that kept them from busting out the Pine-Sol before you walked through the door.
  • Do your best to be supportive in whatever way you can, however you’re most needed. If you’re not sure what that is, ask.

For the parent that stays home, try to remember:

  • Even though your spouse may not have been changing diapers or chasing after a child all day, they’re still tired too, after working 8+ hours.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, but be clear about the things you need help with for the evening, such as dinner, helping with homework, etc. to reduce frustration.
  • Doing simple things, like having the television turned off for a little while during the evening can go a long way to create a welcoming environment when your spouse gets home, and possibly enhance their ability to shift their focus out of work mode more quickly.

Some Tips for the Both of You:

  • Whoever cooks, the other one can help clean up the kitchen and wash dishes.
  • Offer to do a couple of loads of laundry if you’re not the one who regularly does it. One can wash and fold, and the other can put the clothes away.
  • Give each other alone time. This is worth its weight in gold! Time alone allows for each of you to refresh and recharge.

Ultimately, the key to running a well-balanced household requires a collaborative effort from both parents. Whether both or only one of you works outside the home, it helps when you both try to consider the other person’s day and meet them at their point of need. The more things you do together as a team, the quicker they’ll get done and you both will feel better because the workload will be distributed evenly.

BMWK: How you balance life with a spouse that stays at home during the day? 

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Amber Wright wrote 39 articles on this blog.

Amber is a Communication Coach and Consultant that wants to help you learn how to say it right – from the boardroom to the bedroom! Visit her website,, to find fun and insightful information on how to improve your communication skills and overall quality of life.


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