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The Skin We're In: Teaching Our Teens To Be Emotionally Strong, Socially Smart, and Spiritually Connected [Paperback]

By Janie Victoria Ward (Author)
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Offers positive parenting techniques for guiding young African American children through adolescence, exploring obstacles to creating positive identities, healthy resistance strategies, and the roles of school and church.

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Shepherding children through the demanding years of adolescence can be a struggle for any parent. But black parents must also help their children confront the psychological fallout of racism. With this in mind, Dr. Janie Ward, who spent fifteen years researching the moral and psychological development of African-American boys and girls, offers parents a comprehensive four-step program -- Name it, Read it, Oppose it, Replace it -- that provides strategies for healthy resistance to negative social influences and complacency in children throughout the formative years. Ward offers parents advice on such topics as: * Helping boys deal with and control emotions like anger, frustration, and fear * Encouraging girls to appreciate their growing bodies for more than just looks, and to develop a healthy sense of identity * Developing skills in teens that allow them to act effectively in social, academic, and business settings * Teaching children to resist the power of peer pressure from those in their communities who believe there is only one way to be black * Convincing teens that it is essential to develop their spirituality and participate in a spiritual community

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Studio: Free Press
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 5, 2002
Publisher   Free Press
ISBN  0684859297  
ISBN13  9780684859293  

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More About Janie Victoria Ward

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Janie Victoria Ward, Ed.D., is associate professor of education and human services at Simmons College in Boston, and coeditor with Carol Gilligan of Mapping the Moral Domain. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her son.

Janie Victoria Ward currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Relationships
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Cultural
3Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > General
5Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Morals & Responsibility
6Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Teenagers

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Guidelines For Parenting African American Youth  Mar 9, 2002
The Skin We're In is the most compelling book I've read about race and raising children. The author, Janie Victoria Ward, Ed.D. has written her fourth book about raising emotionally strong, socially smart and spiritually connected African American youth. Ward spent years researching the moral and psychological development of African American boys and girls. Through her research she conducted a study of actual interviews and discussions with African American Youth and their parents. What she wanted to know was how did the tasks of parenting relate to the forces of racism. Her study and discussions is the basis for this book.

Beginning with the introduction we're given insight into Ward's comprehensive four-step program-Name It, Read It, Oppose It, Replace It, which are strategies used to promote healthy resistances to negative social influences that affect our African American children. In chapter four we're given detailed information about Ward's comprehensive four-step program. Each step is defined and followed by written scripts taken during her interviews and discussions with the youths and their parents.

Ward tackles some of the tough issues that confront our African American youth today such as dating, peer pressure and racism. What is interesting to note, is Ward's practical advice that she offers to parents on topics such as "Teaching our children to love themselves" and "Stressing racial pride". In no way does she sound preachy. She continuously stresses how important it is for parents to talk to their children about racial matters. One such way is to share your own stories of resistances with your children. This one point is like a beam of light that takes you through the entire book.

Ward brilliantly delivers her powerful comprehensive four-step resistance model with ease. Her message is clear and not written in a textbook style. Her writing is empowering from beginning to end.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a good resource book. What grabbed me was the resource guide in the back of the book. The guide features lists of books, websites and videos that empower black families. I highly recommend this book to all parents, grandparents and caregivers involved with raising African American children.

Reviewed by Dorothy Cooperwood

A Call for Black Pride  Sep 26, 2001
Like Beverely Tatutum's "Why Are All the Black Kinds Sitting Together in the Cafteria?", Ms. Ward's work is a much needed call for Black cultural identity develoopment on the part of children of African descent. For too many Black children and teens in this country are experiencing an identity crisis--whereby hip-hop identity is associated with gangsterism and being smart is equated with being White. Ward's work calls for Black culture to be used as tool for Black achievement and identity. The only missing part of this book is practical suggestions or strategies that parents could use to help their children develop Black cultural consciousness. A sort of resource book or workbook would be useful companion to her work.
Teaching Our Children  Dec 2, 2000
Negotiating a racist social landscape is the prime stumbling block to the success of African-American young people. How do parents equip their children for this daunting task? Dr. Ward's book is a significant tool. It offers concrete strategies for parents and illuminates the struggle with engrossing interviews. Dr. Ward's book should be read by all but her model for resistance should be embraced by anyone affected by racism.

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