The Best Black Parent Sayings

The Best Black Parent Sayings


As the child of an African-American father and mother and the niece to multiply African-American aunts and uncles I have gotten a ton of advice that may sound off when you hear it as a youth but that you tuck into your heart as an adult.

1. "Everyone who smiles in ya face ain't ya friend."

2. "Do it right the first time and they won't ask you to do it the second time."

3. "You have to work twice as hard to get half of what they get."

4. "Everybody ain't suppose to get into heaven."

5."Work hard now so you don't have to do it in the future."

But black families also tell us things that just make us shake our heads.

6. "Only thing open after 11pm besides Waffle House & IHOP is legs."

7. "You got McDonald's money? I aint think so"

8. "Don't ask for nothing out this store, cause you aint getting nothing out this store."

9. "I brought you in this world and I'll take you out."

10. "When we go to this restaurant, you are 10 do you understand me? Not 14."

And though we laugh at these sayings, we realize that everyone has been told these thing so it's not that bad really. We know our parents mean the best so we go along with it knowing we'll need these saying later in life. Especially when we want to mimic them, and when we have children of our own.

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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A Thank You To My Dad, For Being The Father You Didn't Have To Be

Not all parent's have to be your blood.



Thank you. Thank you for stepping up to be a dad to a child who was not your own. Thank you for being my hero. Thank you for being the man that someone else couldn't be. You walked into my and mom's life when I was 2. While I don't remember much from that time, what I do remember was that you were my world. You became not only a father figure to me, but also became one of my best friends. I wanted to do everything with you because you became so important to me.

You were a young 25-years-old, barely older than a kid yourself, when you met mom. The fact that you didn't even hesitate when you found out she had a child still amazes me, and it's a testament to the man you are. You jumped right in and immediately took me on as your own.

I remember fishing trips at the lake house, where it was me, you, and Georgie on the bank, and you helping me reel in my fish on my bubblegum pink Barbie fishing pole. I remember our Jaguars games, and you teaching me what it meant to be a real fan of your team, even when they aren't doing the best (yes, I'm talking about you Bortles). I remember the day in which you proposed to momma at the Jags vs. Chiefs game, and though I didn't know what was going on, I could tell it was important. Little did I know that this meant you would be marrying mom and adopting me.

You took me on and has always treated me as your own. You were and still are one of my biggest supporters in everything I do. From hearing you cheer me on in softball games, to you teaching me to drive after that not so great incident (RIP to the white van), to you helping me anytime I fell. You have been my rock and my hero, and I will never be able to express my gratitude for your support.

You've always had my back dad, and the older I grow, the more respect I have for your choices in life. You have done so much for a child that was not yours biologically, and for that, you will always be the best dad in the world. So thank you, dad, for being an amazing, loving, selfless human. I love you lots dad!


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