Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book #2 Summer Reading List

Book #2 on our summer reading list is "I Love My Hair" by Natasha Anastasia and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. I purchased it on Amazon for $7.00. While reading this book there were a lot of things that caught my daughter's attention and she could relate to what was going on in the book, because of her own personal experience. It was a very cute book with great illustrations throughout. It gave great examples of what little girls go through while getting there are done and gave some reasons to why little girls should love their hair. It is an easy read, however the examples could have been a little more exciting.  Check it out and feel free to let us know what you think of this book.
-Rayna's Mom

Monday, June 9, 2014

Book #1 Summer Reading List for Little Black Girls

Book #1 on my Summer Reading List of all the books that little black girls should read is "Nappy Hair" by Carolivia Herron. My daughter and I truly enjoyed this book, however I feel that it's one of those books that is better when read to the child by their parent,  especially if you are like me and get into changing your voice according to the characters. After reading this book we discussed it and she was able to get a full understanding. It sets itself apart from other children's books, because of its form: call and response. The story is like a praise song from West Africa, which is a form of storytelling created by slaves in the 1800s. Brenda the young girl has very kinky hair and her uncle Mordicai talks about it. I love the examples he used and the way he explains it from a spiritual view. Check it out and ordered it. I ordered the book from for $6.29

Mommy and Me

In today's world,  society sets soo many examples of what our younger generation should look and act like. This leaves our children to face many different things. Having a variety of attitudes, style, and their overall physical appearance. One that I find to be very common is how little girls feelings about what their hair look like. Being a mother and a hair stylist for children. I see the difference in a child with their hair done versus a child that doesn't normally have anyone that maintains their hair properly. It pulls their self esteem down and they have problems with the other children, because they don't look a certain type of way. On the other hand the joy I see on little girls faces when their hair is freshly done, when they go look into that mirror...their reactions are priceless.  They become excited and full of confidence, it truly brings joy to my heart.
As for me, my struggle is my daughter was determined to have straight hair. She wasn't liking the curls...why? Well my mommy's hair is straight and my little caucasian friend in my class has straight hair. I had to explain to her the difference in the different cultures and most importantly why mommy' hair didn't look like hers. For me it was an reality check.  Why should I want my daughter to look different than myself? Was I not making the right choice perming my hair? We have to realize that our children look upto us. Yes...the old folks would tell their children don't do as I do, but do as I say. That's fine, but for me I feel as though the image I present of myself to my daughter shouldn't be far from what I expect of her. Therefore, I have made up my mind to transition to natural, so that my daughter can look at me and say...It's Mommy and Me.