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Launching our Black children for success : a guide for parents of kids from three to eighteen
Ladner, Joyce A.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

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xvii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
Know thyself -- How well do you know your child? -- Building strong identity and positive self-esteem -- Family values -- The power of discipline : its use and abuse -- Countering negative media and peer groups -- Education : they can't take it away from you -- Drugs and violence : no place to hide -- Raising sons and daughters : gender differences -- Role models : how to find and use them -- College preparation, application, and selection -- Coping skills : the key to survival.
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BF723.S77 L33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
BF723.S77 L33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting

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Launching Our Black Children for Success is a groundbreaking book that goes beyond the typical "how to get your kid into the best school or college" advice. This extraordinary book takes black parents step-by-step through the stages of child development so they can build a solid foundation for success in their children. It shows how to best instill pride, self-discipline, social skills, a work ethic, and a way to deal with the inevitable racism and prejudice their children will face. Authors Joyce Ladner and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo also offer a practical guide for overcoming the many injustices and obstacles African American families face and show how to shepherd their kids through the process that is required to help children keep their "eyes on the prize." Launching Our Black Children for Success helps parents to provide the strength and the strategies their children need to seek out whatever career they dream of and deserve.

Author Notes

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo has collaborated on several books written for parents, teachers, & coaches, including "Raising a Healthy Athlete" & "Help Your Child Get the Most Out of School". She lives in Hawthorne, NJ.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Even in the post-Civil Rights era, African American parents have to prepare their children to face acts of racism, says Ladner (senior fellow, Brookings Inst.; The Ties That Bind: Timeless Values for African American Families). Instead of touting the violence that too often plagues black kids, she recommends that parents teach dignity and assertiveness. By reconnecting with African American history, notably the Civil Rights Movement, they will be able to help kids define their cultural identity and develop self-esteem. Ladner also promotes the traditional values that helped African Americans survive slavery-namely, respect, responsibility and accountability, a strong work ethic, resilience, and love. While some of Ladner's solutions are simplistic (e.g., "If you listen intently and show your support, the depression may resolve itself"), this book will still be helpful to both African American parents and to those studying African American culture. Beverly Daniel Tatum's "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations About Race deals specifically with race identity in African American children. For all public libraries.-Maryse Breton, Davis Branch Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
1. Know Thyselfp. 5
2. How Well Do You Know Your Child?p. 27
3. Building Strong Identity and Positive Self-Esteemp. 43
4. Family Valuesp. 59
5. The Power of Discipline: Its Use and Abusep. 87
6. Countering Negative Media and Peer Groupsp. 107
7. Education: They Can't Take It Away from Youp. 123
8. Drugs and Violence: No Place to Hidep. 147
9. Raising Sons and Daughters: Gender Differencesp. 175
10. Role Models: How to Find and Use Themp. 195
11. College Preparation, Application, and Selectionp. 215
12. Coping Skills: The Key to Survivalp. 243
Helpful Resourcesp. 257
Notesp. 263
Further Readingp. 269
About the Authorsp. 271
Indexp. 273