American Promise : Helping Black Boys Excel in School

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  • Visit Your Son’s School
  • Read to Your Child Everyday
  • Teach Him Healthy Masculinities
  • Provide Him With Healthy Food
  • Be Your Child’s First Teacher
  • Take Parenting Classes
  • Teach Your Child to Advocate for Himself
  • Understanding the Promise
  • Why These Tips Are Important
  • Tweak Your Parenting Style
  • Remind Him That He Comes From Greatness

Teach Him Healthy Masculinities

When we tell our boys not to cry or to “man up,” we don’t allow for them to express their full range of feelings. This impacts their emotional and intellectual development, plus it weakens their ability to cope and develop critical thinking skills: All important for success. So let them feel and react to sadness, disappointment fear and rejection. 

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