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Raising Black Children
     

Raising Black Children

by James P. Comer
 
Two of America's most trusted and respected authorities on child care provide answers to nearly 1000 questions on the problem of raising African-American children.

Along with the traditional demands of parenthood, today’s parents must grapple with such daunting issues as drugs, AIDS, violence, and educational pressures. But black parents face an even more

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Two of America's most trusted and respected authorities on child care provide answers to nearly 1000 questions on the problem of raising African-American children.

Along with the traditional demands of parenthood, today’s parents must grapple with such daunting issues as drugs, AIDS, violence, and educational pressures. But black parents face an even more challenging task: they must actively combat negative messages of racism while teaching their children to succeed in a white-dominated culture.
 
In this thorough guide to parenting, two noted child psychiatrists, both African-American, focus on the special concerns of black parents. They offer comprehensive advice on nearly 1,000 common childrearing questions, paying particular attention to such problems as building self-esteem and helping black children cope with the often unconscious racism and microaggressions of white society.
 
Authoritative and comprehensive, Raising Black Children is an indispensable resource for every African-American family and for teachers of all races who seek to gain sensitivity to the needs of their black pupils.

“A necessary addition to all parenting and parent-teacher collections.”—Linda Cullum, Library Journal

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"A necessary addition to all parenting and parent-teacher collections."—Library Journal

“A stage-by-stage review of a child's development—from tot to teenager. It shows how black children can successfully navigate through a society that is often hostile to them to in order to grow up to pursue a positive life... will prove helpful for anyone who will be in charge of young black children. And those who aren't, take note: If you know parents too overwhelmed to read the book, do so for them and feed them the insights you gain; or if you know nonblack teachers, social workers or counselors who sincerely want to do the right thing by the black children with whom they deal, tell them about the book—or treat them to a copy.”—Tonya Bolden, Black Enterprise
 
“A very direct question-and-answer format—although there are no easy answers—responding to hard questions.”—Mike Maza, Dallas Morning News

Library Journal
In this revision of their acclaimed parenting manual Black Child Care: How To Bring Up a Healthy Black Child in America ( LJ 5/15/75), noted psychiatrists Comer ( Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family , LJ 11/1/88) and Poussaint explore central psychological, social, and educational aspects of child development from infancy through adolescence. Using a question-and-answer format, they address problems and situations particular to raising an African American child in a predominantly white society. Topics discussed include how to cope with racism, the pros and cons of busing, and universal child - rearing concerns. Many issues overlooked in traditional parenting manuals, such as the absent parent, gang involvement, and teenage sexuality, are treated here with admirable candor and directness. The importance of developing a child's self-esteem, sense of security, and racial and personal pride is affirmed throughout. This is a necessary addition to all parenting and parent-teacher collections.-- Linda Cullum, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452268395
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

James P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University, has served as a consultant for over twenty school systems and educational programs nationwide. He is the author of Maggie's American Dream and co-author of Raising Black Children. He lives in North Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Alvin Poussaint is a Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School. He is author of Why Blacks Kill Blacks; co-author, with James Comer, of Raising Black Children; and co-author, with Amy Alexander, of Lay My Burden Down. Dr. Poussaint is an expert on race relations in America, the dynamics of prejudice, and issues of diversity as our society becomes increasingly multicultural. He is a strong proponent of non-violent parenting and parenting education. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a life member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous awards and is the recipient of many honorary degrees.

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