I'm guilty as charged. I sacrificed the upkeep of this blog to finish writing a book; a parenting book that is, aptly named Raising Hell or Raise Them Well. My feverish quest to complete the thing forced me to keep this blog in semi-limbo. But I've been writing and rewriting this book for well over five years! In fact, The Raising Hell or Raise Them Well book existed before this blog.
I wouldn't have been so vigilant if I didn't think this book was the TRUTH. It's a timely, faith-inspired, self-help reference guide that speaks to under-served parents who are under siege; If you're a mom, dad, baby mama, baby daddy, grandparent, stepparent, foster parent, auntie, uncle, guardian, or caregiver and you find raising kids to be a challenge, this guide is for you. I wish there was a book like this when my children were younger.
Let's be clear, I have no Masters in Psychology, No PhD in Behavioral Sciences, and I am not a social worker. But I am a mom of two grown sons and grandmom to two grandsons. I've struggled with my own parenting issues. It's difficult raising children of color - especially boys - when society views them as menaces to society. What about the hell you go through dealing with your own personal issues? That also influences how you parent. I was blessed with an involved husband. But sometimes our parenting styles clashed which created even hotter hell at home.
As a mentor to teen moms, parents, new church members and students, I learned a lot about the struggles of other families. Parents often came to me for advice. In my quest for resources, I found that general parenting books didn't address the unique challenges of the "less privileged". So I wrote the book myself.
I may have dropped the ball on consistently maintaining this blog, but it was worth it. I consider Raising Hell or Raise Them Well my legacy and gift to the world. Call me naive, but I honestly think it will make a difference. I know I can't change the world, but reaching one parent can change the trajectory of a family's life for the better.
If you're interested in knowing more about my book, Raising Hell or Raise Them Well, or you want to pre-order your copy, click this link: RaisingHellorRaiseThemWell.com
When you read it, let me know what you think.
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