These are the new "rites of passage" in the digital age.
I suggest that black parents, especially, stay up-to-date and expose your child to as much as possible.
It carries on through college.
This is not an opinion, btw.
We share information. We share talents. We hold similar values
Unfortunately, this doesn't happen by chance. You have to create it.
You'll hear it in their speech patterns and I'm not just talking about grammar (although, true too).
Concepts. Enthusiasm about learning, their goals & passions.
It starts YOUNG.
Your parenting is being reinforced or undermined by your child's social group.
Just like our present-day adult social groups.
That's not what's happening at all.
They're allowed "freedom" within CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS.
Where the people around them are vetted for intelligence and success.
Black American slave descendants are lied to the most.
1) His first piano recital;
2) Renderings of homes;
3) The town he built in his playroom;
4) Short films he creates with our phones.
Why? It's a perfect way to teach documenting your progress.
Critique & presentation skills are important in nearly every industry.
Kids who learn this early on (and the progeny of the educated elite do) are better prepared.
That you can't "kiddify" even the most complex ideas.
You've been lied to.
Your high-achieving classmates weren't smarter than you.
They were groomed earlier.
That's what having a strong foundation provides-- compound advantage.
Little by little, it adds up.
Learn to conceal your insecurity.
Statements like, "such and such just thinks they're better" will *instantly* get you purged.
They are red flags.
It reveals nothing about the person you're referring to and EVERYTHING about YOU.
That you're easily intimidated
Ambitious people only want to associate with their kind.
Their "kind" are always up for the challenge of improvement. Not easily discouraged.
Zero tolerance for those with fragile egos. Ruthless.
Inner monologue- "Idiot. And thanks for the warning."
This is why it's exhausting to be in the company of people who do not share your values/ambition.
Even casual conversation becomes a "thing" instead of info exchange.
My spouse is working and I've had him for the entire day starting at 7:30am 😩 9am Lego Robotics class & piano lesson. Tweeting = I'm here but "off duty"😂
Somewhere building something.