As millions of children head back to school, millions of moms are figuring out what to do with their children’s hair. Usually, I slick Caitlynn’s hair back into an Afro puff and drop her off at my parents’ house, When she goes to her toddler program, I put a bit more effort into styling. She’s at an age where she’s starting to fight me when I do her hair. So it’s important that I learn quick and easy hairstyles, which minimize the hair battles erupting in our living room each morning. At times, I wash and part her hair into four sections while she takes a bath and pays more attention to her squirt toys than she does my tugging and twisting.

So, I’m always on the look out for products to help make my job a bit easier. Although I relax my hair with chemicals, I want my daughter to embrace her natural curls. I’m even contemplating going natural to reinforce this idea. That’s why I agreed to participate in the African Pride Back to School Twitter Party. As a mom blogger, I receive a lot of requests to host giveaways. I turn most of them down. I won’t push a product that I won’t buy. I thought about turning this opportunity down, just because I’m been super swamped at work. I offered to donate the products to a homeless shelter, and the company loved my idea so much, they decided to ship me another box! They had me at hello! They hold the same core values as I hold in my heart as a mom.  Therefore, I wanted to learn more about their line of African Pride and Dream Kids product lines. And the products moisturized and detangled at the same time.

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Here are the lessons I learned from the parents partying online:

Give Great Beauty Advice to Your Children


My beauty advice is for them to smile. Oh, and wrap your hair at night. lol.


I don’t wear too much makeup in front of my kids. I want to appreciate natural beauty!


You have beautiful hair & can wear it curly or straight. You don’t need a perm.

Encourage Your Children to Embrace Their Natural Beauty


I tell them they are perfectly the way god wants them to be and to have pride n confidence in it.


I tell them that they are beautiful and I let them explore their individual sense of style. They are all so unique!


That they r beautiful inside & out. I don’t want them to see validation any place else.


I tell my boys hair texture doesn’t matter. It’s how you deliver and the person you are inside.


(Why Tierra’s daughter went natural) She began to see “long” as pretty, & I didn’t like that. Wanted her to embrace her short hair.

By telling them that the are beautiful and exposing them to beautiful people who look like them.

Hey DFTM Fam–Teach your child to embrace his/her natural beauty by entering to win an African Pride Prize pack! 


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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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