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Different and Wonderful: Raising Black…

Different and Wonderful: Raising Black Children in a Race-Conscious…

by Dr. Darlene Hopson

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To the Hopson and Powell families, especially our parents, whose love, support, Black pride, and strong kinship bonds greatly influence our lives. This commonality attracted us to each other when we first met. Both families taught us to never forget who we are and to strive to be the best that we can be. Our most precious times are those we spend with all of the children and families together. And to the beautiful Black African-American princess that God blessed us with: Dotteanna Karyn Hopson
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As Black clinical psychologists who specialize in children and families, we've had a long-standing professional interest in the positive racial identity development and self-esteem of Black children.
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It is every child's birthright to dream. Unfortunately, hopes, goals, and good intentions can sometimes get lost in a mire of prejudice--both subtle and overt. Now thanks to the groundbreaking 'Different and Wonderful', Black parents can prepare their children for the race consciousness that still pervades American society, while at the same time, inspire them with positive values, productive lifestyles, and all-important self-respect.

This watershed book offers no magic formulas, no "instant success" in five easy steps. Instead renowned psychologists Darlene Powell Hopson and Derek S. Hopson explore the sometimes tough, sometimes unspoken, questions that face the Black middle-class family today. Using provocative quizzes, their private practice, and their own experiences as parents, the Hopsons' take you through each stage of your child's' lives, providing all the tools you'll need to raise them healthfully and well--without sacrificing family values or ethnic pride. Written with sensitivity and practicality, 'Different and Wonderful' addresses both your immediate and long-term concerns, including how to:

**Root out your own subconscious taboos with the Hopsons' "Racial Attitude Assessment Procedure"
**Discuss race-related issues with your family in the most productive way possible.
**Instill ethnic identity and pride in your children, even if you live in a predominantly White environment and they attend predominately White schools
**Customize books for your infants and toddlers
**Find daycare that works
**Help your teen wrestle with stereotypes
**Establish important role models for your children at any age
**Cope with teenage sexuality--especially as it relates to racism, racial identity, and peer group support
**Use the community to both strengthen family ties and broaden your children's understanding of other races and ethnic groups
**Locate books, magazines, games, videos, toys, and dolls that celebrate African-American culture--with an exclusive resource guide
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