With the Author: Child, Please
Child, Please: How Mom’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself
by Ylonda Gault Caviness
Child Please explores what happens when Ylonda Gault finds herself worlds away from her black, working-class roots—as a parenting editor living in an affluent, liberal enclave near New York City. Gault takes a wry peek through a prism of race and class to dissect the zeitgeist, family drama and “mother-sucking” absurdities that make her wonder whether she is going crazy or coming back. As motherhood and career begin to careen—often poignantly; sometimes comically—Gault eventually falls back on her home training. She learns to stand up to the overwhelmingly white mommy mania culture and bow down to her mama’s life lessons. She mines the history and poetry of her straight-no-chaser mama, learning how deeply the harshness with which she was raised reflect the tragedies of Jim Crow segregation and other elements of the black experience. In the end, Gault concludes that Mama had motherhood and womanhood right all along. After all, you really don’t need expert advice when all you have to do is, “Act like you got some sense!”
About the Author
Ylonda Gault is an Independent print, broadcast and digital journalist, focused on family, parenting & relationship topics. As a Working Mother and New York Times Op-Ed Contributor she has appeared on TODAY, NPR and HuffPost Live, among other national broadcasts. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in New Jersey with her three children–who happen to be the coolest human beings on the planet.
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