At the tender ages of one and two, my husband and I added books to our children's book collection that depicted Black boys and girls on cover, because reading is fundamental at this age. It is also important to see and identify with the images on the page.
In the end, I learned that one month was never meant to cover a whole year's worth of cultural pride. It was a moment to be recharged, reinvigorated, and inspired to pursue ongoing cultural investigation and activity.
The truth is not that I lack free time; it’s just that I’ve allowed my habit of scrolling and reading 280 characters or less to hijack the discipline it takes to sit and read a book. I’ve allowed myself to be too busy to read, even though reading has always been something I enjoy. So, I’m giving myself a challenge, and I'm asking you to join me.
In a time of commercial-free kids' shows and Amazon Prime, teaching gratitude to your kids is no easy task. It is more than reminding your children to say "thanks" or to write a thank-you note. It is instilling in them a mindful heart for others and an ability to recognize beauty and blessings in the day-to-day. Gratitude is also the lesson of looking at life from someone's point of view.