Have y’all peeped How To Deal With And Care For Your Annoying Little Brother? It’s the #1 bestseller in School-age Children Parenting on Amazon. Who knew such a category existed? The book’s author, eight year-old, Nia Mya Reese, came up with this brilliant concept while doing a classroom assignment that called for a creative narrative on the one thing she has learned to do well.#BROWNGIRLSWRITE Click To Tweet
For this older sister, it was a no-brainer: Nia is really good at caring for her younger brother, who happens to be quite annoying. Though Nia’s first grade teacher presented the assignment, it was her mother who sowed the seed of genius by encouraging her to expand the nuanced story into a fully developed, how-to book for older siblings charged with the grudge duty of babysitting their younger kindred-folk.
Not only is the young writer an inspiration to aspiring peers—Nia Mya is out here schooling youngins on early childcare in the most responsible way. Her book emphasizes an approach that is love-based. Patience and kindness are stressed throughout its pages. Even though the younger brother annoys his older sister, she maintains a ginger touch....because like momming, big sistering don’t come with rules. Click To Tweet
I could have certainly used this book years ago, when I had to look after my annoying little brother because, like momming, big sistering don’t come with rules. Nia’s book might have very well saved my baby brother from a few painful pinches, fewer Palmolive-laced cocktails, and even fewer visits to meet the boogie man who lived in our bedroom closet. And I may have been spared a few weeks worth of punishment.
How To Deal With And Care For Your Annoying Little Brother by Nia Mya Reese can be found on Amazon.
Ida Harris is a journalist and cultural critic covering a range of topics that intersect with Blackness, including art, activism, pop culture, parenting and womanhood. Ida is especially known for her critical writing on sexual assault against Black women and girls. Her work is featured in ELLE , DAME , Blavity, Teen Vogue , and USA Today.