PRgal December 15, 2016 Share December 15, 2016 1 hour ago, Neurochick said: True, but what if the parents can't do that? What if they don't know how, or what if they're so busy working two, three jobs that they don't have time? This may be unpopular but I'll say it here because it's a social issue. I love seeing Randall and Beth and I'd watch a whole show with them. I think it's important for black children to see couples on TV like Randall and Beth, all the time, rather than the dysfunction junction that is on shows like Love and Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and never heard the word "babymama" or "babydaddy." It was always, "my husband/my wife." Black children need to see that no, marriage is NOT just for white people (which is a title of a book, "Is Marriage for White People?"). That's true. My parents worked 9-5 jobs and my primary caregiver growing up was my grandmother (it's called free babysitting, y'all) as she lived with us. Neither parent ever REALLY taught me to cook, and I (barely) learned basics from my grandmother because she didn't believe ladies should be in the kitchen (she didn't JUST mean a professional one). I barely baked well enough to pass my Brownie and Guide badge testing! My mom was never really taught to cook either and couldn't even boil an egg until she was 21 and going to school abroad. Thing is, my mom didn't exactly grow up in a privileged home with help, either. Her mom (i.e. the grandmother who lived with us) didn't allow her in the kitchen and wanted her to study, go to university and do things she wasn't able to do because of the war. Note that both my parents had ONE job. They came home, had dinner and my grandmother did all the cleaning up. They were responsible for driving me to my lessons/Brownies and my regular school education. Of course, they spent time with me, reading stories, playing games, etc, too. I ended up following in neither of their footsteps (mom in IT (I tried to get her to watch Halt and Catch Fire since she was in that industry back in that period), dad in finance) and ended up in dabbling in PR before going into philanthropy-related work. They DID teach me how to budget, however. Link to comment
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