An accessible blueprint to embolden our daughters to be critical thinkers, fearless doers, and joyful change agents for our future--from the proud mother of teen activist Marley Dias, founder of 1000BLACKGIRLBOOKS. "A stunning and pathbreaking how-to guide and memoir for every mom, dad, or caregiver who believes in rearing children to be healthy individuals and caring citizens."--Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness
Renowned sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias has devoted her life to nurturing and training girls to become change-makers--whether through her investment in her daughter Marley's humanitarian projects or through her work with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation's "SuperCamp." In these unprecedented times, her work has never been more urgent, as parents find themselves asking: How do we teach our children to change the world?
Dr. Johnson Dias knows that self-realized girls are created through intentional parenting. And so she asks parents to make deliberate choices--from babyhood through adolescence--that will give their girls the resources and foundation to take hold of their own futures and to create sustainable social change.
Unlike other parenting experts, Dr. Johnson Dias doesn't urge parents to focus solely on their children. Instead, she tasks them with a personal challenge: to find their own joy. Just as Dr. Johnson Dias brings her own jubilant passion to parenting, mentoring, and teaching, she inspires caregivers to do the same.
Using cutting-edge research and Dr. Johnson Dias's own experiences, Parent Like It Matters
offers information and strategies for making discussions of racism and sexism a daily practice, identifying heroes and mentors, educating yourselves together, and uncovering your girl's passions and what issues drive her the most.
Parenting is enormous work; it can be as overwhelming as it is fulfilling. Within the pages of Parent Like It Matters
, parents will find the invaluable tools they need to raise resilient, optimistic girls who determine for themselves what their world will look like.
About the Author
Dr. Janice Johnson Dias is a tenured associate professor of sociology at John Jay College in New York City. She is the co-founder and president of the public health and social action organization GrassROOTS Community Foundation and leads its SuperCamp for girls. She holds a PhD in sociology from Temple University. Her collaborative work on Black girls' mental, sexual, and physical health issues earned her a special congressional recognition and grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey foundations. Her work on the effects of safety on girls' physical activity in low-income neighborhoods led her to serve as an advisor to the city of Newark, where she focused on violence as a public health issue. Born in Jamaica, Dr. Johnson Dias moved to the United States at age twelve and now lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, daughter, Marley, and dog, Philly.