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George Floyd will forever be remembered in the history of America and in the heart of his 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.

This week Gianna stood beside her mother, Roxie Washington, as Washington addressed the nation and demanded justice for Floyd. "He will never see her grown up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle. If there's a problem and she needs a dad, she does not have that anymore," Washington said at a press conference at Minneapolis City Hall.

She continued: "I'm here for my baby and I'm here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good no matter what anybody thinks. This is the proof. He was a good man."

Floyd's friend, NBA player Stephen Jackson, posted a now-viral video of Gianna to Instagram. In it the 6-year-old says "My dad changed the world. ... Dad changed the world."

George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter Gianna talks about her dad: 'I miss him' 

The video of George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter saying "Daddy changed the world" is going viral, and so is her recent interview on Good Morning America.

Gianna feels a void with her father gone. In an interview with Good Morning America, Gianna was asked what she wants people to know, and she said "kinda that I miss him." The 6-year-old (who wants to be "a doctor. So I can help people") and her mom remember Floyd as the kind of dad who would play all day when he could and worked hard to provide for his daughter.

Few can comprehend how hard this week was for this little 6-year-old who just lost her dad and now has the world's attention on her. In a matter of days, she's gone from overhearing her father's name on the news to giving news interviews herself.

Gianna and her mom should not be in this situation.

At first, it was was hard for her mom, Roxie Washington, to explain what happened, and why everyone on TV kept saying Gianna's dad's name. "The only thing I could tell her is he couldn't breathe," Washington told CNN.

Gianna now understands the circumstances of her father's death and its impact on the world, as much as a 6-year-old can understand this kind of horrific injustice.

Her dad's good friend, NBA player Stephen Jackson (who was so close with Floyd he called him his "twin") set up a GoFundMe page for Gianna and has raised $1,369,190 as of this writing.

On his Instagram page, Jackson is sharing photos of himself carrying Gianna (or GiGi) on his shoulders, the way her dad George used to, and he's made a promise to his friend: "Don't worry Twin on my soul I got GiGi. Know dat. I am my brother's keeper and I got a lot of brothers. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ivehadenough Rest Easy Twin."

On Good Morning America he explained this to Washington: "There's a lot of stuff that you said that he's going to miss that I'm going to be there for. I'm going to walk her down the aisle. I'm going to be there for her. I'm going to be here to wipe your tears … Floyd might not be here but I'm going to be here for her."

Jackson should not have had to step into Floyd's shoes and Gianna should still have her father with her. Around the country and around the world people are standing up to say Floyd's death was wrong and that no more children can have their fathers taken from them. Gianna is right—her dad is changing the world.

Kanye West will pay for Gianna Floyd's college education

The GoFundMe page campaign set up by George Floyd's friend, NBA player Stephen Jackson to support Floyd's 6-year-old daughter Gianna is not the only help this little girl will get.

A representative for Kanye West told ABC News that West will pay for Gianna's college education (which is great news, since Gianna wants to be a doctor when she grows up). ABC News reports "West has donated $2 million to charities associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, set up a college fund for 6-year-old Gianna Floyd, and has promised to pay legal costs for the families of Arbery and Taylor."

Like Floyd, West has a 6-year-old daughter, North, who he shares with his wife Kim Kardashian. The couple are also raising 4-year-old Saint, 2-year-old Chicago and 1-year-old Psalm.

[A version of this post was originally published June 3, 2020. It has been updated.]

There is no denying that every baby is born with their very own personality and now you're really starting to see that emerge! Whether your buddy is silly or more serious, we bet you are loving this time of really getting to know each other.

At this point, you're probably feeling like your baby changes by the minute, and watching this transformation is so much fun. But let's face it: Their increasing mobility and newfound independence can throw a mama for a major loop. Just when you start to feel like you've mastered this new mom thing, your baby goes and changes the game.

As you also know by now, life isn't slowing down very much. Some mamas prefer diving right back into their "former life" as soon as possible after their baby's arrival; others are only starting to dip their toes back into those waters. You do you, mama!

Either way, adding these products to your personal and parenting toolkits can make these transitions so much easier (and more enjoyable, too!).

For soothing baby bottoms: The Honest Company diaper rash cream

Honest diaper cream

As the food your baby eats changes, so too may their dirty diapers. If that's causing some irritation, you'll want to stock up on some fast-acting diaper rash cream.

$9.99

For baby-proofing: Safety 1st childproofing essentials kit

Safety First

With mobility in your near future, now is the time to give your house a safety once-over. We're still waiting for an explanation as to why babies gravitate straight to household hazards, but prepare yourself before they find those eye-level outlets.

$5.99

When baby has something to say: ‘Baby Signs’ board book

Baby signs

Long before you can have conversations, baby sign language can give your baby an effective way to communicate their needs. Our favorite starter signs are 'milk,' 'more' and 'all done.'

$10.99

A friend for peekaboo: Bright Starts belly laugh puppy

Bright Starts

Between the ages of 4 and 7 months, babies generally develop their sense of object permanence, which means they understand that something isn't gone forever when it's out of sight. This also means they're in on the joke during a fun game of peekaboo!

$12.59

For introducing new flavors: Plum Organics stage 2 baby food

Plum Organics

As you continue to add more options to your baby's diet, some organic, pre-made pouches are both convenient and delicious. (For your baby, at least—although we'll say some of the flavors aren't that bad.)

$4.89

For at-home date night: Scrabble board game

Scrabble

Mix up your at-home entertainment options with a 2-person board game. For stakes, have the loser take out the diaper trash for a week!

$16.19

For wine night: Threshold stainless steel wine glasses

Threshold

Long-stem, breakable wine glasses and babies just don't mix—but if you're planning an at-home date night or hosting a few friends, these durable glasses are a fantastic option.

$6.99

For jeans you love now: Universal Thread high-waist jeans

Universal Thread

It's a fact: Pregnancy and motherhood change our bodies in ways beyond what a scale measures. There is something incredibly empowering about embracing your body for exactly how it is today by finding a pair of jeans you feel comfortable in now.

$19.99

For a home refresh: Project 62 shag rug

Project 62

When you have a baby with crawling in the horizon, it's a good time for a plush, comfortable rug to spruce up the living room. It will see a lot of playtime in the future, so go for something large in size.

$199.99

For healthy snacks on hand: (re)zip reusable lunch bags

rezip bags

Keeping up with your baby can work up quite the appetite, so it helps to keep some options on hand that are healthy for both you and the environment. Cut up some veggies at the beginning of the week and stash them in these reusable bags for easy, eco-friendly meal prep.

$19.99

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