“Raising Black Boys to Men: A Mother’s Guide to Raising Thugless Sons” is a candid book of one mother’s journey: her successes, trials, and errors, in raising her three boys, in a society that glorifies thug-life. Author, Patricia Joseph, who successfully navigated the lives of her three sons, through the ever so present negative influences in society, felt compelled to write about her experience in raising thugless sons. Patricia credits much of her success to just “good, ole-fashion child rearing.” All readers will enjoy the heart-felt emotion of Patricia’s call-to-action: “Save Our Sons.”
Patricia Joseph is a wife, mother of three sons and a daughter, writer, and web communications specialist. She is committed and passionate about building stronger families. She earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst.
When she’s not developing her writing craft, Patricia spends her time relaxing with hubby, gardening, listening to jazz, or cooking.
An exceptional home cook, vegetarian, and natural lifestyle enthusiast, Patricia loves sharing information and her passion for food and healthy living, on her Eat Well and Live Healthy blog (http://eatandlivehealthy.wordpress.com).
Visit Patricia’s blog: http://raisingblackboystomen.wordpress.com, to read her insights and share your views on Raising Black Boys to Men.
When my boys became teenagers and learned to drive, I knew I had to teach them how to be safe, and what they should and shouldn't do when stopped by the police.
Sadly, this is a reality for many mothers raising black boys. When our boys leave the house, instead of saying: "Have a nice time" or "See you when you get home." We have to give our sons instructions on what to do if they are stopped by the police. It's a life of constant fear that our sons will leave home and never return!
Raising Black Boys to Men
When my sons left the house, I reminded them of my instructions when stopped: keep your hand on the steering wheel, address the officer with respect, and follow his instructions—and don’t exhibit behavior that incites or provokes.