She Wrote About the Family Babysitter | For the occasion of Michael’s moving to New York, and his parents leaving his baby sister with her aunts in Baltimore, I’ve written about the neglect my family dealt with while I was a preschool teacher in Baltimore, to avoid unnecessary conversation with black kids while I wrote about things like a black baby’s beach, a black toy store, black Michael Jordan socks, and a black playdate.
Parenting advice for friends: let me suggest more things for your friend to say instead of saying “hopefully” or “if.” The six things my friend can say instead of “hopefully” and “if” for her “hopefully black baby sister” is what are below.
1. “I love how happy you are, no matter how sad you are”
2. “Your baby looks just like you, except now she’s all brown and now you’re white.”
3. “I tried to put in a request for a rocking chair and I got another one from you”
4. “Your baby is going to be funny. They will say funny things to you, and they will love you. You are already funny.”
5. “She’s so fun to play with.”
6. “When she leaves, let me know if you need anything.”