What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little girl, I always imagined that I’d become Miss America. I had dreams of walking across the stage with a sparkling crown on my head, waving to my fans while the cameras flashed.
While I didn’t become a beauty queen, there was never a doubt in my mind that I couldn’t. My parents and other role models in my life made sure that I had the confidence to pursue my dreams. Trailblazers like Trinidad’s Janelle Penny Comissiong, the first black Miss Universe paved the way, and Wendy Fitzwilliams followed, winning the title for Trinidad in 1998. They made me believe that I had a chance to make my dreams come true.
Raising confident kids starts making them believe in themselves first.
With her newest book, former entertainment writer Davina Hamilton is showing children everywhere that they can be whatever they dream.Raising confident kids starts making them believe in themselves first. Click To Tweet
The British writer and mom inspires kids with Riley Can Be Anything, the story of a little brown boy who learns that he can be anything he wants to be.
Riley isn’t sure what he wants to be when he’s older, but his older cousin Joe helps him explore things he can do when he’s grown up. “Riley looks up to Joe and Joe serves as a positive role model for Riley, encouraging him that he can be anything if he puts his mind to it,” says Hamilton.
Seeing positive representations of themselves on television and in books gives kids the confidence they need to achieve their dreams–especially children of color. “It’s well documented that black boys can often be dealt a poor hand in society, whether it’s in the education system, representation in the media or the result of negative racial stereotypes,” Hamilton said. “Positive imagery, be it in books, on television or through real life role models is important to counter those obstacles and instill a sense of self-worth in these young boys.”
Whether Riley decides to be a chef like his Uncle Ted, a doctor like Uncle Dan, or a pilot like his Great Grandad Frank, he knows one thing for sure–that he can be anything.
Want to raise a confident kid? Make sure they know that they can be anything they want to be! Get a copy of Riley Can Be Anything at davinahamilton.com.
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