Being Haitian and living under a Haitian household can be both bitter and sweet. Why sweet? Well, most of our Caribbean parents demonstrate tough love because they truly care about us, but have an interesting way of showing it. We enjoy their delicious meals, but at times, even that is not enough.
When I was a teenager, I did not know certain feelings and perspective were “okay” to have. My grandparents, aunts, uncles and other fellow family members assumed children at my age, did not have any massive issues to worry about. I would always hear this sentence “Ou pa genyen aucun bill pou peye se timoun ou ye. Ki pwoblem ou genyen?” this false quote and question were discouraging to hear.
Perhaps you live in a home where your parents are always at work doing their best to keep food on the table and lights in the house or you live with guardians who are not emotionally connected and doesn’t create a safe place for you to express yourself. I want you to know that’s It’s okay to not be okay. You are doing the best you can and there IS someone who cares about your personal struggles!
I wish more parents understood that school, keeping up with grades, professors, the pressure to become this A student and boys all play a role in the everyday teen life, oh and let’s not forget the puberty phase and group of friends. Below I will share a couple of resources + advice you can implement if you’re struggling with not being okay.
Ready to get lifted? This will only work when you MAKE it work.
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