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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March 5, 2021 62 min
Dr. Seanna Leath is back to discuss her latest work, a study on how Black mothers’ socialization shapes the way Black girls come to understand racism. Often Black girls learn early on that conversation on racism, discrimination, and police brutality center concern for the men and boys in their lives. This is curious because we all know that violence against women of any race is a public health emergency and has been for many decade...
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Part 2 of this important discussion, asking you to evaluate your parenting practices and assess if you have been parenting like the police. Listen here for Part 1: https://www.spreaker.com/user/13316275/28-janelle-scales-part-1

Guest Info: Janelle Scales is an educator, activist, writer and mother of two. She is a public speaker and teaches social justice courses for both children and adults. Her essays on womanism and motherhood ha...
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In this episode, Janelle Scales and I talk about the nuances of Black parenthood and the striking similarities between traditional corporal punishment we often see in Black families and the white supremacist system we try to protect our kids from. When our kids misbehave or express big emotions that we aren’t equipped to handle, what do we do? We send them to time-out. We take away rights and material possessions. We try to silence...
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Parenting Decolonized is excited to announce the Rona, Racism, and Radical Parenting conference
that will help parents make big mental shifts so they don't revert back to oppressive parenting practices when you're stressed. In this solo pod I explain the details of the conference and go into more detail about my big vision for the future. Sign up for the conference here: https://www.parentingdecolonized.com/parentingconfer...
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Because of Coronavirus, our kids are on social media more and more, which has many parents wondering about how to navigate conscious parenting in a digital age. Enter Elizabeth Milovidov, Digital Parenting Consultant, who helps parents develop strategies for digital engagement for their families. We talk about how to protect your children against online predators, how to create a family media agreement, and ways we can use technolo...
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is why I wanted to sit down with Melody Gross, a DV survivor and single mom turned advocate. Melody is the owner of Courageous Shift, a domestic violence coaching and consulting company. as a certified professional life coach, Melody offers her clients the tools needed to create a new life after experiencing abuse. She also speaks to companies and organizations about the value of ...
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Autism is a hot-button issue, with Black children squarely in the center. And if you’ve been following me, you know that my own daughter, while not officially diagnosed, is most likely on the spectrum. This is why I was super excited to chat with Faduma Bulale, who is helping other parents learn how to be better advocates to their autistic child. This episode is a little longer than usual, but I there’s so many great nuggets of inf...
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September 3, 2020 51 min
In this episode of Parenting Decolonized, I chop it up with former police Captain Lawrence Hunter about policing in the Black community, how to have “the talk” with your kids, and the importance of decolonizing in the Black community. Lawrence is a retired police captain and current host of Captain Hunters Podcast. The focus is on bridging the divide between the police and the communities they serve. Make sure to check out his podc...
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August 17, 2020 18 min
Raising a liberated Black child ain’t easy. Not only do we have to decolonize our minds, but we have to make sure they aren’t indoctrinated into white supremacy. We also have to help decolonize our communities because why would we do all that work just to send them out into an unconscious colonized world? That’s where conversations with white parents comes in. As a Black parent, my greatest fear is that my child ends up the next ha...
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July 30, 2020 47 min
Trying to raise liberated Black children with a colonized mindset is damn near impossible. In order to decolonize our parenting we have to first start with our minds, which is why I’m super excited to talk to Trina Greene Brown, author of Parenting for Liberation: A Guide For Raising Black Children. Trina is a mother who transitioned from fear to liberation, when she discovered through self-reflection, that she was policing her own...
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Black people have been conditioned to internalize our rage for the sake of white comfort, much to our own detriment. Between the physical ailments that manifest from internalized, unexpressed feelings, to the psychological ones, the current Uprising is showing that our rage is not only justified but needs to be expressed. In this episode, I discuss embracing our rage with Antoinette Cooper, the Founder of Black Exhale. She gives s...
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June 11, 2020 23 min
It’s been hard to breathe lately and I’ve been struggling to keep my emotions in check. In a recent conversation I had with one of my friend, we discussed joy as an act of resistance, which is the subject of this solo podcast. In this episode I talk about why joy is an act of resistance against white supremacy, how to cultivate more joy, and how to destress so we aren’t taking our anger out on our kids. I’m praying for ya’ll and ho...
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There’s never been a more important time for an online village than right now when we’re in the midst of a pandemic, which is why I was super excited to speak with actor and producer Tika Sumpter (ABC’s Mixed-ish) and award-wining business executive Thai Randolph (EVP and GM of Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud) for their new venture Sugaberry, a lifestyle brand created for modern moms of color. Sugaberry celebrates all aspects of the br...
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I’m back from a little mental health break with Melissa Ifill, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), speaker, wellness coach, and therapist to discuss why it’s necessary to heal from your childhood trauma in order to be a more intentional parent. Rona has many parents out here forgetting their parenting WHY...the reason they chose to be conscious parents. And I say that with no judgment. We are all under tremendous amounts of s...
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March 20, 2020 20 min
Raging Rona is really showing us our weak spots...in the government and in our own lives. It's showing us how precarious life as we know it really is. Rugged individualism and capitalism have created an "every person for themselves" mentality and it is hurting us as a nation and failing our children. Not only will people's pocketbooks be hurting, but so will people's minds. This will create a lot of anxious, wor...
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As many of us look to get back to our ancestral roots, we are wondering where did the “village” go and how do we start to create one again. Like many of the issues surrounding parenting while Black, this “village” so many of us long for disappeared during enslavement, then again during the failed reconstruction period, then again during the civil rights movement. It’s almost like anytime a village would attempt to be constructed, i...
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February 20, 2020 52 min
I’m sure many of us would like to think we’re fostering a positive environment that allows for individual thought and creativity but you’d be surprised. Whether it’s forcing your child to participate in extra-curricular activities they don’t like or forcing them to conform to your idea of success, many parents squash their child’s dreams way before the world gets hold of them. In this episode with Tracy Wilson from Melanated Mom po...
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Many of us move through this life with fuzzy or non-existent boundaries because we grew up with our boundaries being trampled on by our parents. Now that we’re adults, we teach people how to treat us, so it’s time to shore up those boundaries. In this episode with my friend Classy Brown, we discuss why many of us have such poor boundaries and how to create and maintain new ones. We also chat about how parents can help their childre...
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January 16, 2020 55 min
The journey to becoming a more conscious Black father isn’t an easy one. Between ingrained attitudes about obedience to masculinity, unlearning toxic parenting styles isn’t easy. In this episode, I chat with Tim Greene, husband, father and author of the Daddy Duty book series about the nuances of Black fatherhood, conscious parenting, and how he is helping to redefine what people think about Black fathers. You can purchase a copy o...
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January 1, 2020 35 min
The white gaze is something Toni Morrison wrote about, something every black person is cognizant of as we move in this world. Many of us wouldn’t admit it but most of us are complicit in centering the ‘white gaze’ in our parenting. From discipline to education, it has been passed down through the generations that whiteness is the barometer in which we measure ourselves, so we twist ourselves into pretzels trying to meet its impossi...
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