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Stickin' To, Watchin' Over, and Gettin' With: An African American Parent's Guide to Discipline

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5702-5
224 pages
September 2001, Jossey-Bass
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Stickin' To, Watchin' Over, and Gettin' With provides the guidance you need to protect your children from racist hostility while at the same time teaching them character and responsibility. Just as important, the book also shows how to discipline your children in a way that does not rely on spanking or other forms of painful coercion. Written by three African American educators, counselors, and parents, this book outlines an effective program for raising and disciplining your children,
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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. For Parents Only: Stickin' To, Gettin' With, and Watchin' Over Thy Self.

2. Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk of Preschoolers and Toddlers.

3. When Black Children Are Cute, The World is Watching: Discipline and School-Age.

4. When Black Children Grow Wings, The World Gets Scared: Discipline and Pre-Teens.

5. When Black Children Fly, The World Retaliates: Self-Discipline for the Teenager.

References.

Resources on Discipline.
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Howard C. Stevenson-- a father of a preteen son-- is an associate professor of education in the School, Community, and Child Clinical Psychology program in the graduate school of education, psychology in education division at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gwendolyn Davis is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She has more than fifteen years experience working with children and families.
Saburah Abdul-Kabir is the community research coordinator of the COPE (Community Outreach through Parent Empowerment) project at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a wife and the mother of six children.
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Clinical psychologist Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis, a social worker and psychologist, and Saburah Abdul-Kabir, a community outreach coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania's Community Outreach Through Parental Empowerment program, have collaborated on Stickin' to, Watchin' Over, and Gettin' With, a guide about discipline for African American parents. The authors suggest a trifold approach to discipline: showing love and affection, being involved with children and community, and providing correction and accountability. Addressing preschoolers, school-age children, preadolescents, and teenagers, they clearly explain how to help children deal with racism and how parenting is different for African Americans. Many of the same strengths identified by Harris (e.g., community involvement, sense of heritage, affection, and hope) are reiterated here. Reference and resource lists are apprehended. Both books are enthusiastically recommended. --Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD (Library Journal, October 15, 2001)

This well-written book contributes substantially to child-rearing literature for African American parents. Through their trifold approach to discipline, showing love and affection, being involved with children and community, and providing correction and accountability, the authors clearly explain how to help children deal with racism and how parenting is different for African Americans. Highly recommended! (Library Journal)

"The book draws on the richness of African American storytelling, proverbs, and the oral tradition to teach parents how to prepare their children to survive and thrive in a society where there is still a residual of racism. It is a timely book that makes a vital contribution to the literature on African American children and parenting."
— Joseph L. White, professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry, University of California, Irvine

"Stickin' To, Watchin' Over, and Getting' With [is] a must read for educators, social workers, and others focused on the success of African American children."
— Kaye E. Burnside, regional superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, California

"Parents raising children of African descent in America will find this book useful. The authors convey the message that love and trust are the foundations of discipline."
— Ronald Braithwaite, coauthor, Health Issues in the Black Community

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