Prepare your child to navigate a racist world
Protecting, nurturing and loving our children are common acts of good parenting no matter our race. But parenting Black children in this society adds unique layers of complexity. When our children step outside, a world full of beauty and opportunity awaits them, yet it’s also a world in which racism and white supremacy are a stark reality. As Black parents, we carry deep concern and fear for our children's safety, and we feel the weight of our responsibility to protect and educate them about what they may encounter.
Here are one Ginger coach’s strategies that have worked for her family. Maybe they’ll be useful for your family, too. These strategies are not meant to be exhaustive, nor are they meant for one-time use. Parenting with intention is an ongoing and ever-evolving way of relating to your Black child and preparing them to take on the particular challenges they will likely face in our society.
Parenting Black children takes thoughtfulness and planning but also intentionality. As you prepare your children for this world in which racism is a reality that they'll encounter every day, remember to attend to your own emotional well-being and acknowledge any racial trauma you may have suffered. Take care of yourself so that you can appreciate the wonders that this world has to offer. But also so that you can authentically model joy and hope, and be your children’s living example of resilience, courage, and what is possible.
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