Tina Ikpa

Tina lives in Norman with her husband Nsisong, daughter Idara, son Nsisong Jr., and mother-in-law Josephine. When she's not practicing law or shuffling kids between soccer, basketball, and piano, she enjoys reading, writing, lifting weights, boning up on useless trivia, and communicating in GIFs.

3 Low-Pressure, High-Reward Resolutions You Can Still Commit to Now

I know what you're thinking: Who wants to make New Year's Resolutions now? We don't even know what next week holds, much less what will happen in a whole new year! Just in case...

I Don’t Want to “Make Nice”, I Want to “Make Better”

When children are little and get into conflict, we often take for granted that they aren't developmentally ready for nuanced conversations. We may separate them, confiscate whatever toy they were fighting over, and when...

3 Ways to Get Through Election Season in One Piece

It doesn't matter how many elections you've lived through, campaign season never gets any more pleasant. Add it to a year that has already been exponentially more challenging than most, and it's no wonder...

We’ve All Been Warriors: But Remember to Rest

Hey fam, I see you fighting the good fight. Speaking out against injustice, standing up for kids, researching and citing your sources, kicking butt, and taking names. Before the year was even halfway over, you...

Mask Wearing for Dummies

If you’re not a medical professional or in a field that regularly uses protective gear, you’ve spent the past few weeks getting used to wearing a mask in public. If you are in a field...

5 Ways Allyship is Like Helping a Friend Grieve

By now, most of us have developed, or are in the process of developing, effective language for supporting a friend through a crisis. Whether it be a friend who is dealing with fertility struggles...

Making peace with what may never return to “normal”

In my nearly four decades on earth, I've adjusted to my fair share of New Normals. Be it post-Columbine, post-Oklahoma City Bombing, post-9/11, or anything else, the meaning of "life as we know it"...

Coronavirus and Kids: Walking through Grief Together

I began the day like any other day of The New Normal: juggling my roles as educator, referee, and remote employee. Things were going decently well. I was preparing to tackle the week's deadlines...

When “Unfriending” is Self-Care

As an online content creator and fledgling online business owner, disengaging from social media altogether is simply not an option for me. Gone are the days when I could just decide to take social...

If I “Adulted” Like My Kids

By now it's no secret to any of us how much of a scam adulthood is. We can go to bed whenever we want, and "whenever we want" tends to be 9:00 p.m. We...

An OKC Streetcar Black History Tour

Even if you aren't a die-hard history buff, learning about the hidden stories beneath things you walk by all the time can be fascinating. Museums and libraries, of course, have those stories in abundance....

5 Things Your Child’s Dentist Wishes You Knew

The Tooth Fairy in our house has pretty much retired, and not a moment too soon, because she was quite forgetful. Seriously, I don't know how she had a job. Even though she occasionally...