10 Signs That Your Parents Are Proud Jamaicans

10 Signs That Your Parents Are Proud Jamaicans


Here are 10 simple signs that your parents indeed might be Jamaican.


1. The belt

The belt is a universal item of discipline that allows the child of a parent to understand that there are consequences for wrong actions. The consequences are pretty straightforward. You either get grounded, receive the belt, or both. The pain, the sheer brutal pain—you will never forget and it will mold you in ways you’d never imagine.


When you hear a Jamaican quote this phrase, then you, my friend, are in for some interesting news. Jamaicans can have numerous meanings for this. They're tired, or angry, or laughing, or concerned, or all of the above.

3. Men learn ALL of the basic house chores

At least in my Jamaican household, the men of the house at least have an idea of how to do all of the basic house chores. Laundry, Ironing, doing dishes, cooking, folding clothes, taking out the garbage, and other appliances are done by EVERYONE in the house, and not left to just one sex.

4. Football (Soccer)

Soccer (called football in Jamaica and virtually everywhere outside the US) is considered one of Jamaica’s most popular sports. If you have Jamaican parents, a soccer game will be playing on your TV more often than not.

5. Curry goat

The sacred gem of the kitchen has a smell so strong that it can travel throughout all floors of your home. The spicy and delicious curry goat will fill your stomach very well and will make you long for more.

6. Track and field (World Championships and Olympics)

Jamaica has been known to produce some of the best sprinters in history, including Usain Bolt. When the Olympics are on, the only event that matters to your Jamaican parents are the 100m final.

7. The “report card talk”

Education really matters to your Jamaican parents, as they come from one of the poorest nations in the Caribbean. They want you to take advantage of the incredible education opportunities that they themselves never had. The “report card talk” is one of the scariest conversations to have as a Jamaican child. Anything lower than a B average will call for serious conversation and evaluation of your social lifestyle. GOOD. LUCK.

8. Friends

Jamaican parents want you to have friends that they can “trust." No marijuana, no clubbing, no long night trips out until 3 AM, no late night parties unless they finally come to terms that you are responsible enough to take care of yourself (Probably never).

9. The 1980s reggae mix

All. The. Time. There is no familiar sound than that of 1980s reggae blasting through the TV speakers of your Jamaican household. From Marley, to Holt, to Augustus Pablo and Beenie Man, 80s reggae had begun to transcend the island and soon reach around the world.

10. They are proud to be from Jamaica

More than anything, they are proud to teach you about their home country and how it had shaped them throughout their lives in hopes for you to become part of their rich culture.

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Because you are my ultimate Valentine.

To my beautiful best friend,

Warning: This letter is about to get extremely cheesy. I am talking four cheese lasagna cheesy. But no one deserves a love letter like this more than you do.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love for you. On this wondrous occasion with which most people express their love to their significant other, I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish our friendship.

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You are the ultimate love of my life. Boys have come and gone but you remain a constant; for that I am grateful. You have been there for me when my family could not be; for that I am grateful. You have been my backbone, my rock, and all those other clichés people use to describe the people they care about, and yet you have been so much more than that as well; for that I am grateful.

All my love this Valentine’s Day goes out to you, my friend, because you do not receive it enough. You have picked me up out of the dirt, brushed me off, and kissed my wounds more times than I can count, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that, but I am sure am going to try.

Thank you for the midnight cries. Thank you for the midnight laughs. Thank you for ordering way too much food with me and still just eating it all. Thank you for the advice, both solicited and unsolicited. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. Thank you for the silly pictures. Thank you for the stupid inside jokes. Thank you for making bad decisions with me. Thank you for laughing with me and laughing at me. Thank you for the endless memories.

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Things To Do For Your Parents on Valentine's Day

Treat your parents this Valentine's Day!


February 14 is seen as a romantic date for you and your significant other, and that's how my parents took it. They got married on Valentine's Day as an ode to romance. This year marks their 10-year wedding anniversary and as their oldest daughter, I've tasked myself with giving them some great gifts.

Here are four things to do for your parents if you're struggling with ideas!

1. Make a reservation for two (for your parents!)

Candle-lit dinners are a staple for romance. Search for restaurants near your parents that they've never been before and set them on their way! And if you want to be extra nice, give them some cash for their dinner!

2. Take cute pictures of you and your siblings

One thing your parents love just as much as each other (if not, more) is you and your siblings! Grab your sisters and brothers for a cute photo shoot, have each kid write a note either on the frame or the pictures itself, wrap it up and give it to your parents!

3. Take some responsibility off their shoulders

Our parents do a lot for us, so this Valentine's Day give them a break! If they normally do the dishes, laundry or other household chores, grab your siblings to divide and conquer. If you can afford it, give them some gas or lunch money. Try to make their life just a little bit easier!

4. DIY a date night for your parents

Some parents are homebodies, but they can have just as wonderful night by staying in! One DIY indoor date could be dinner and a movie! Make them a delicious dinner with a nicely decorated table for dinner. Decorate your living room with lights, pillows, and blankets for comfort. Set popcorn, candy, and other movie snacks on the coffee table and fire up Netflix. This all makes for a cozy night in!


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