Ballantine Books Parent Like It Matters
Ballantine Books Parent Like It Matters

Parent Like It Matters

By Janice Johnson Dias

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Publication Date: March 2, 2021

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An accessible blueprint to embolden our daughters to be critical thinkers, fearless doers, and joyful change agents for our future—from the proud mother of teen activist Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks.

Renowned sociologist Janice Johnson Dias has devoted her life to nurturing and training girls to become changemakers—whether through her investment in her daughter Marley’s humanitarian projects or through her work with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation “SuperCamp” she co-founded for girls. In these unprecedented times, her work has never been more urgent, as parents find themselves asking: How do we teach girls to change the world?

Dr. Johnson Dias knows that self-realized girls are created through intentional parenting. And so she asks parents to make deliberate choices—from babyhood through adolescence—that will give their girls the resources and foundation to take hold of their own futures and to create sustainable social change.

Unlike other parenting experts, Dr. Johnson Dias doesn’t urge parents to focus solely on their children. Instead, she tasks them with a personal challenge: to find their own joy. Just as Dr. Johnson Dias brings her own jubilant passion to parenting, mentoring, and teaching, and she inspires caregivers to do the same. The book offers information and strategies for making discussions of racism and sexism as a daily practice, identifying heroes and mentors, educating yourselves together, and uncovering your girl’s passions and what issues drive her the most.

Parenting is enormous work; it can be as overwhelming as it is fulfilling. Within the pages of Parent Like It Matters, parents will find the invaluable tools they need to raise resilient, optimistic girls who determine for themselves what their world will look like.

About the Author

Dr. Janice Johnson Dias is a tenured associate professor of sociology at John Jay College in New York City. She is co-founder and president of the public health and social action organization GrassROOTS Community Foundation and its SuperCamp for girls. She holds a PhD in sociology from Temple University. Her collaborative work on black girls’ mental, sexual, and physical health issues earned her a special Congressional recognition and grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey Foundations. Her work on the effects of safety on girls’ physical activity in low-income neighborhoods led her to serve as an advisor to The City of Newark where she focused on violence as a public health issue. Born in Jamaica, Janice moved to the United States at age twelve and now lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott and daughter, Marley.

Author Residence: West Orange, New Jersey

Author Hometown: St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica

Format: Hardcover

Length: 256 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

ISBN: 9781984819628

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