Parenting for African Americans

Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible

By Hugh B. Price

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In this vitally important new work, the president of the National Urban League constructs a sound and workable action plan for parents to secure for their children the education they deserve--and to which they are entitled.

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Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books About Boys

By Donna Rand, Toni Trent Parker

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Find summaries and an index for over 350 books, organized by age level, of African and African American heroes and positive role models. Look for the companion volume for girls!
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Boys Into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons

By Nancy Boyd-Franklin and A.J. Franklin, with Pamela A. Toussaint

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"This compassionate and comprehensive handbook helps boys make the difficult transition into men by showing parents, teachers, counselors, and community members how they can: Foster a positive racial identity; promote sexual responsibility; overcome negative influences of hip-hop and 'hoop dreams;' advocate for their sons' education; and counter the problems of racial profiling, drugs, and gangs."
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Different and Wonderful: Raising Black Children in a Race-Conscious Society

By Darlene Powell Hopson and Derek S. Hopson

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A guidebook to help instill a positive self-image and self-respect in black children and to prepare them to deal with racism, written by practicing clinical psychologists and parents.

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Not My Boy! A Father, a Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism

By Rodney Peete with Danelle Morton

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Using anecdotes and lessons from his own experiences, former football star Rodney Peete imparts essential wisdom for parents everywhere, whether their children have special needs or not, as he writes with striking honesty about learning to overcome his own doubts and expectations of fatherhood to focus on the daily challenges and joys of raising a child.

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Raising Black children: Two Leading Psychiatrists Confront the Educational, Social, and Emotional Problems Facing Black Children

By James P. Comer and Alvin F. Poussaint

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Along with the traditional demands of parenthood, black parents face an even more challenging task--fighting the negative messages of racism while teaching their children to succeed in a white-dominated culture. In this timely book, two eminent psychiatrists address these concerns.

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Stickin' to, Watchin' over, and Gettin' with: An African American Parent's Guide to Discipline

By Howard C. Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis, Saburah Abdul-Kabir

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Combining the rich oral traditions of African American storytelling and proverbs with short, well-organized essays, the authors provide valuable guidance for raising responsible and successful children.

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The African-American Baby Name Book

By Teresa Norman

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Names are a hallmark of our heritage. This A-to-Z guide for African American parents includes more than 10,000 names, ranging from African names to contemporary names to traditional Muslim names and more. Also features advice on alternative spellings, information on origins and meanings, and tips on choosing a name that will help parents reflect the treasure of the child who owns it.

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The Black Parenting Book

By Anne C. Beal and Linda Villarosa and Allison Abner

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A stellar trio of authors provides the first complete guide to rearing African-American children, from infancy through the preschool years, featuring the latest information on health care, cultural issues, and child development.

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The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours

By Marian Wright Edelman

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Founder of the Children's Defense Fund, author Marian Wright Edelman has penned a short, charming book on lessons to live by. Among her lessons for life: Be confident that you can make a difference; Remember your roots, your history, and the forebears' shoulders on which you stand; Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.

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