Raising Kids with True Grit: The Power of Resilience

There’s a topic that makes many educators and policy makers uncomfortable when it pops up.  So of course, I’m going to jump right into to it today because our kids need for us to confront this hard work for their sake.  One of the greatest fears parents of young African American children have is that their children will not be prepared to withstand the onslaught of negative and toxic ideas and language they will face from people who judge them by the color of their skin as opposed to the content of their character.

For many, it’s not a case of if their child will have these encounters, but when it will happen.  Our children are often stereotyped on the basis of preconceived notions by individuals and groups who have no idea who our children really are.  An increasing number of parents are opting out of public education for their children in an effort to shield them from these encounters until they are older but the bottom line is this; our children need our help in developing the key to overcoming obstacles and withstanding challenges that threaten their survival. That key ingredient is resilience… (To Read More Click HERE)

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