Stickin' To, Watchin' Over, and Gettin' With: An African American Parent's Guide to Discipline

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Stickin' To, Watchin' Over,
and Qettin' With Thyself

The tyrant is only the slave turned inside out.

Think about myself? I don't have time to think about myself. If I take care of my child, I'm takin' care of myself. If I don't take care of them first, 1 won't feel good anyway. If I had to do it all over again, maybe I would have followed my dreams and had my kids later, but I made my choice a long time ago. Being a parent means wrapping up your dreams and packing them away. I made my bed, and now I have to lie in it. I love my kids, and they'll always come first.

When we speak to a group of parents, we ask them if they would want their children to stay up late, get hardly any sleep, act “evil” toward classmates, look tired and worn down at school or church, and ignore their body's warning signals until they get sick. The answer is always “No way!” Yet when we ask them to examine their own lives, they admit that this describes their own lifestyles.

Children learn how to care for themselves by watching their parents. It's scary to think that children watch and imitate what we do and how we live. They not only watch what we do, but they watch how we do it with others. So you can imagine how important the relationships we choose are. Thus another key aspect of parenting

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