WATCH: Black-ish Woes. My Success Has Made My Kid Less Motivated

Scared that your success might make your child less motivated? We are too.

By Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele

This article was published at The Root on November 2, 2014.

At the heart of the ABC series Black-ish lies one question: How do you go about instilling certain traits and values in your children about hard work and success if your kids have a much more privileged upbringing than you had growing up? It’s a question that is furrowing the collective eyebrows of middle-class and upper middle-class black parents who fear that their own successes will cause their children to not develop certain qualities that would help them propel them to the top.

The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele speaks with Nita Young, an accomplished school principal who says she struggled to motivate her daughter to do well in school and take initiative, and Angel Harris, Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies, who sheds light on how children think about their upward mobility and their chances at success.

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