Parenting Decolonized

Parenting Decolonized

Raising children is hard. Raising children while black is even harder. The Parenting Decolonized podcast shines the light on how colonization has impacted the black family structure and what to do about it. Host Yolanda Williams takes you on the journey as she learns how to raise liberated black children without breaking their spirits. Yolanda and her guests discuss how to decolonize your parenting by resisting old narratives, how to use conscious parenting as activism against white supremacy, reclaiming ancestral ways of parenting, and how to become a more mindful, conscious parent.

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June 9, 2022 18 min
The weekend of May 20th-22nd, 2022 was supposed to be the Parenting Decolonized Conference, but the conference has been postponed and rescheduled for September 23rd-25th, 2022. In this solo episode of Parenting Decolonized, I share my candid thoughts and feelings behind this decision and what you can expect from Parenting Decolonized moving forward in 2022. You’ll also hear a bit about my journey in building an intentional communit...
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We need new educational curriculums, we need to unpack our ableism and check out privilege, and we need to do it now. In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Heather Clarke, a Black Afro Caribbean educational disability advocate, professor of special education and child development, and neurodivergent mother of two. Listen in as Heather and I have a powerful discussion about how to create real change in your child’s sch...
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What can our ancestral history teach us about parenting, liberation, and revolution? A lot. Let’s get into it. In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Dr. Crystal Menzies, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of EmancipatED, an organization that centers stories of joy and resistance within the African Diaspora through the creation of educational resources and curricula. Listen in to learn about how liberation work and c...
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In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Ira X Armstrong, a mixed Black trans parent, Freedom Fighter, Social Entrepreneur and Educator who is working to create climate sustainability through social permaculture. Listen in to gain insight into Ira’s decolonization journey and learn how you can begin to shift your mindset, reprogram yourself, and become the decolonized parent you want to be.


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So, your child just received an Autism diagnosis… Now what? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Maria Davis-Pierre, the Founder and CEO of Autism in Black Inc., an organization that aims to bring awareness to Autism and reduce the stigma associated with the diagnosis in the Black community. Tune in to gain insight into what it’s like to be the parent of a Black Autistic child and how to best support yourself and you...
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What can we do to nurture not only our own mental health, but the mental health of our children? How can we raise children to be more conscious? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Olaolu Ogunyemi, a husband, father of three, teen mentor, U.S. Marine Officer, and author of the best-selling children’s book, Crow From the Shadow. Tune in to learn how to combat harmful mental health norms while raising conscious childr...
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Do you ever wonder: What is going on with my kids at school? Are they truly thriving or just scraping by? Is homeschooling the best option for us? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Jae Williams, a former teacher turned BlackDad YouTuber and relaxed homeschooler for his two young kids. Tune in to learn about the flaws of the traditional education system and how unschooling attempts to counter those flaws, along wit...
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Does low self-worth impact the parent/child dynamic? Can we raise liberated children by cultivating our unconditional self-worth? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Dr. Adia Gooden, a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and host of the Unconditionally Worthy Podcast. Tune in to learn why it’s crucial to center your self-worth in your parenting journey.

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Ways that low self-worth can...
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Is it possible to decolonize parenting by “fighting the system”? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Sundiata Soon-Jahta, an Unschooler, Systems Thinker, Authentic Dialogue Facilitator, Entrepreneur, and Anti-Oppression Educator, Content Creator, & Organizer. Tune in to learn how systems thinking can help us understand the root cause of colonization and how to dismantle systems of oppression.

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How does our childhood impact the way we parent? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Danielle Faust, an Intuitive Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Energy Healer, and Manifesting Mentor. Tune in to learn how our childhood wounds affect us throughout parenthood and what we can do to rewrite these harmful narratives.

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What is inner child work and “reparenting”?
Common inner child wounds and how t...
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The sex talk… every parent’s worst nightmare, right? Actually, it doesn’t have to be scary. In reality, it can kickstart an empowering, educational experience for your kids. In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Raven Faber, Founder and CEO of EngErotics, Inc., a company using the fundamentals of engineering, math, and science to design and develop high-quality sex toys and CBD-infused intimate body care products. Tun...
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Is your child autistic or have you just found out that your child is autistic? Allow me to connect you with a powerful resource and autism advocate. In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Natasha Nelson, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Founder of Supernova Momma, and mother of two wonderful autistic Black girls. Natasha sheds light on what it’s like to be autistic, to parent autistic children, and to com...
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Not sure where to start in talking to your kids about feminism? Start here! In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Chanel Craft Tanner, Director of the Center for Women at Emory University and Co-Founder of Crunk Feminist Collective, to talk about why it’s important to teach your children about feminism and how to start those conversations.

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What is Crunk Feminist Collective? & What the...
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Tired of talking about the issues and trauma surrounding the Black community? Me too. So let’s start taking action. In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Anashay "Teach Em" Wright, Founder of Authentic Disruption and Disruptive Partners, to talk about what it takes to disrupt anti-blackness, the school to prison pipeline, and even the parent to prison pipeline.

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The shocking histor...
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When’s the last time you asked for help or advocated for your needs? How often do you acknowledge that you’re only human? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome maternal mental health advocate and community leader, Graeme Seabrook, to talk about how capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy affect the parenting journey and the well-being of parents and children.

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How to combat harmful soc...
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Did you know that 19 states in the US still allow corporal punishment in schools? In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I welcome Founding Director of Arkansans Against School Paddling, Tate Aldrich, to talk about the harsh reality of corporal punishment in American schools and how this educational watchdog and advocacy group is fighting it.

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The intersectionality of racism, corporal punishment, and...
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We can all agree that the conscious parenting journey is hard work! You have to come correct to stay the course. Information is power! I’m always looking for support from individuals of like minds because there is always something new to learn! We must have a systematic approach to decolonizing parenting. Today my guest shares his personal experience and shows us that incarnation is preventable.

There is a system that conditions beh...
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Let’s talk about the black-conscious parenting experience. Here is some truth to chew on…if you have unresolved trauma due to marginalization and racism, it can trigger a vicious generational parenting cycle.

In the process of trying to save our children from oppression, we can unintentionally become their oppressors. The truth is, the survival state shuts down empathy and triggers a stress response. Our childhoods have conditioned ...
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Let’s talk about unschooling and how it liberates both parents and children.

Here is some truth to chew on...conventional schooling is a trap with capitalist undertones. I’m not sure if you know this but conventional schooling was reserved for the elite before child labor laws were enacted in the early 1900’s. After children were prohibited from working in factories, it was the industrialists that standardized schools as we know i...
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Let’s talk about mainstream parenting and conscious parenting.

Here is some truth to chew on...mainstream parenting is brutal and harmful and we are all tired.

Conscious parenting, on the other hand, is a long and tedious journey but it is worth the sacrifice.

The conscious parenting journey is two-fold, and before we can excel in conscious parenting, we must strip off the negativity of our cultural backgrounds and all the social in...
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