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The Parenting Cipher

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Are you an innovative parent of color with a special needs child, or raising a child of color, and find yourself having more questions than answers? The Parenting Cipher Podcast gives a voice to black families' fears and
Latest Episode3/16/2021

Electric Relaxation: Conversation special needs mom need to have

In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, join Kendra Lendsey, host of The Yo Fly Aunty Podcast, and Genie for a conversation that all special needs moms need to have. From how parenting changes as we get older and dealing with the isolation of being a special needs parent to strategies on how to be the best advocate for your child, Kendra and Genie share their stories and experiences. They discuss grades, stepping on other people’s toes, the power of writing, and much more on this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.About our Guest:Kendra Lendsey is author, lifestylist, model, public speaker, and the host of the Top Rated The Yo Fly Aunty Podcast, which is all about aging forward, enjoying life, and embracing your midlife flyness. She believes aging is a level up and not a liability. Kendra has a 16-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum and a younger son with dysgraphia.Insight from this episode:Benefits of aging, letting things go, and the space of possibilities that is mid-life.Strategies on how to react when other people react to your child, including other family members.Tips for getting others on board with what you know is right for your child and giving voice to the things you see that are wrong.Reflections about systematic racism and how it’s affecting our children.The importance of modeling advocacy for our children and how to do it even when you’re not sure how.Quotes from the show:“Especially for Black women, we navigate things-- it looks like it’s so easy-- and we are the underpinning of society. We hold the whole circus together. We’re the net up underneath it all. And we do it with such ease that people forget that it may look easy, but that don’t mean that it’s not heavy and it’s hard to do.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“I always knew with my oldest, I didn’t ever want him to be inside of the social circle because I like that he’s a quirky Black boy. I like that for him. I like that there’s a space for him now in the world.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“In our community, it is new. And the experience of having other parents advocate for Black children is new. And to be openly saying to someone my child is on the spectrum is now. And then to have to educate whoever you’re talking to is really new.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“People who provide services to your children can be bullies.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“If you feel at an early age that no settling with you.. Go to the school and keep on them.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“As parents, we do a lot of things instinctually, and we don’t think of it in the parameters of how can someone else do it and how can you copy this in the classroom. But if you were really to sit there and try to think of a solution, you would think of it.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“Your own unique experiences give you permission to be an advocate for whatever it is that you need to be an advocate for. And ain’t nobody going to advocate for your child like you.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“From the Book of Black Momma Chapter 1, here’s what the fuck we’re not going to do.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“Don’t Blind CC the superintendent and everyone else. CC them, so they can see see you.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10Stay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsKendra LendseyWebsite: https://www.yoflyaunty.com/Twitter: @Yo_Fly_AuntyFacebook: Kendra LindsayInstagram: @yo_fly_auntySpotify: The Yo Fly Aunty PodcastThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
3/16/2021

Electric Relaxation: Conversation special needs mom need to have

In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, join Kendra Lendsey, host of The Yo Fly Aunty Podcast, and Genie for a conversation that all special needs moms need to have. From how parenting changes as we get older and dealing with the isolation of being a special needs parent to strategies on how to be the best advocate for your child, Kendra and Genie share their stories and experiences. They discuss grades, stepping on other people’s toes, the power of writing, and much more on this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.About our Guest:Kendra Lendsey is author, lifestylist, model, public speaker, and the host of the Top Rated The Yo Fly Aunty Podcast, which is all about aging forward, enjoying life, and embracing your midlife flyness. She believes aging is a level up and not a liability. Kendra has a 16-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum and a younger son with dysgraphia.Insight from this episode:Benefits of aging, letting things go, and the space of possibilities that is mid-life.Strategies on how to react when other people react to your child, including other family members.Tips for getting others on board with what you know is right for your child and giving voice to the things you see that are wrong.Reflections about systematic racism and how it’s affecting our children.The importance of modeling advocacy for our children and how to do it even when you’re not sure how.Quotes from the show:“Especially for Black women, we navigate things-- it looks like it’s so easy-- and we are the underpinning of society. We hold the whole circus together. We’re the net up underneath it all. And we do it with such ease that people forget that it may look easy, but that don’t mean that it’s not heavy and it’s hard to do.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“I always knew with my oldest, I didn’t ever want him to be inside of the social circle because I like that he’s a quirky Black boy. I like that for him. I like that there’s a space for him now in the world.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“In our community, it is new. And the experience of having other parents advocate for Black children is new. And to be openly saying to someone my child is on the spectrum is now. And then to have to educate whoever you’re talking to is really new.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“People who provide services to your children can be bullies.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“If you feel at an early age that no settling with you.. Go to the school and keep on them.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“As parents, we do a lot of things instinctually, and we don’t think of it in the parameters of how can someone else do it and how can you copy this in the classroom. But if you were really to sit there and try to think of a solution, you would think of it.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“Your own unique experiences give you permission to be an advocate for whatever it is that you need to be an advocate for. And ain’t nobody going to advocate for your child like you.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“From the Book of Black Momma Chapter 1, here’s what the fuck we’re not going to do.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10“Don’t Blind CC the superintendent and everyone else. CC them, so they can see see you.” –Kendra Lendsey The Parenting Cipher Ep. #10Stay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsKendra LendseyWebsite: https://www.yoflyaunty.com/Twitter: @Yo_Fly_AuntyFacebook: Kendra LindsayInstagram: @yo_fly_auntySpotify: The Yo Fly Aunty PodcastThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
3/9/2021

The Man: Journey to Embracing and Thriving with Tourettes Syndrome

In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, William Atkins IV, a high school senior, joins Genie to talk about his experience having Tourette’s Syndrome. William, joined by his mother, shares about getting his diagnosis, making friends, and setting goals and aspirations. Hear about what helped him accept himself and take exciting chances in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.About our Guest:William Atkins IV is a senior at McKinley Technology High School in Washington D.C.. He is on the varsity swim team, in a group called Men of Tech, and is a rising leader and Youth Ambassador for the National Tourette’s Association of America, where he spreads awareness about his Tourette’s Syndrome. William’s mother, Tanya Atkins, joins him.Insight from this episode:What is Tourette’s Syndrome?Details on what it’s like growing up with Tourette’s, from making friends to accepting the diagnosis.William’s experience living with Tourette’s, including joining the swim team in high school.Reflections on when your child goes off to college.Quotes from the show:“I had started posting about [Tourette’s on social media] and continued posting about it because at school people didn’t know what was going on, so I figured it was just an easier way to tell everyone instead of everyone looking at me and giving me the side eye. Lot of people are on social media, so it’s just easy. If you see the post, then you know.” –William Atkins IV The Parenting Cipher Ep. #9“The more people know, then the more they’re able to accept. Otherwise they come up with their own story.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #9“I’m entrusting I have instilled great morals and values in my son. He knows right from wrong, and he knows what to do and what not to do. And I know he’s going to be really successful… I’m willing to let him go.” –Tanya Atkins (William’s mom) The Parenting Cipher Ep. #9 “I didn’t know that [Tourette’s] included other things, because all you hear is the swearing part.” –Tanya Atkins (William’s mom) The Parenting Cipher Ep. #9“Although we do, as Black young men, we do face [trials], we gotta keep pushing, keep going, and keep striving because when we do, we can set examples for other people.” –William Atkins IV The Parenting Cipher Ep. #9“If you’re a role model and you’re a leader, people of different ethnicities, different races, different social backgrounds, different sexualities, different everything, they should be able to look at you and say, I learned something from him or her.” –William Atkins IV The Parenting Cipher Ep. #9Stay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsWilliam Atikins IVInstagram: @CEOWillllLinkedIn: William Atkins IVThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
3/2/2021

Save The Children: Learn how to raise black kids in white spaces

In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, authors of Do Right By Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces, Valerie Harrison and Kathryn D’Angelo, share insights from their book on how to raise confident Black children with positive racial identity. They discuss strategies for interacting with white spaces including schools, health care, and sports. Kathryn also shares her personal experience as a white woman raising her adopted bi-racial son in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.About our Guest:Valerie Harrison has her JD and a Doctorate in African American Studies. She is an attorney, educator, and served as acting president of Lincoln University. Valerie first book, Color Him Father: Stories of Love and Rediscovery of Black Men, was published in 2006. She is co-author of Do Right by By Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces (2020).Kathryn D’Angelo has an Doctorate in Education, and she and her husband are white adoptive parents to a bi-racial son. Rejecting colorblind or post racial ideology, they confront head on the reality that they would need to equip their son for an experience far more complex than anything they had experienced. She is co-author of Do Right by Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces (2020).Insight from this episode:A deep dive into Genie’s favorite chapters from Valerie and Kathryn's new book.Strategies on building positive racial identity in your child.Details on the impact of social exclusion on a child and ways to move towards inclusion.Reasons why we must be advocates for our Black children in education and health care.How white parents of Black children can manage and use their privilege for the best interest of their children.Quotes from the show:“We just could not afford to subscribe to a colorblind or post racial ideology, specifically because that was not what was best for our child… It was our job to understand the reality that was ahead for our son.” –Kathryn D’Angelo The Parenting Cipher Ep. #8“Confusion about racial and ethnic identity is linked to behavioral problems. It’s linked to psychological problems… The takeaway for us is this need to be intentional about helping Black children develop positive racial identity, and then equipping them with life skills to navigate racism.” –Valerie Harrison The Parenting Cipher Ep. #8“Inclusion is not the absence of exclusion; it is its own practice.” –Kathryn D’Angelo The Parenting Cipher Ep. #8“However, as a white parent, for over 400 years in this country, white people have not been expected to acknowledge racism, let alone consider that it might have an effect on the life of a Black child.” –Kathryn D’Angelo The Parenting Cipher Ep. #8“Never allow a Black child to feel that they are a failed attempt at being white but to understand that they have an equally rich and valuable identity.” –Valerie Harrison The Parenting Cipher Ep. #8“The point of the chapter is one, to help parents be vigilant around issues of low teacher expectations... Black children are disciplined differently than white children. Behavior that is seen, in white children, as excitable or rambunctious is seen often in Black children as threatening.” –Valerie Harrison The Parenting Cipher Ep. #8Stay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsValerie Harrison & Kathryn D’AngeloWebsite: https://dorightbyme.org/Twitter: @DoRightByMe1Instagram: @dorightbyme_bookThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
2/24/2021

Mama Said Knock You Out: 5 Easy Ways To Prepare For An Individual Education Plan

Season 2, Ep. 7
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie gets ready for Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting season. Whether this is your child’s very first IEP meeting or you are a veteran, we can always improve and empower ourselves when going into an IEP meeting. Tune in for Genie’s five tips to prepare for your next IEP meeting to feel confident and get what your child needs-- along with a special guest appearance from Genie’s son-- in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.Insight from this episode:What’s an IEP and what’s in Genie’s “big binder” for a successful meeting and how to make one for yourself.Tips on who to reach out to for help, especially in gathering documents for your binder.Details on what you should review in the proposed IEP before a meeting.Strategies for how to talk to your child about his or her IEP and goals.Quotes from the show:“After I get an appointment date, I will follow up with, ‘When should I expect to see the proposed IEP goals?’” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“[Your binder is] actually your document, your legal proof, in the happenstance that the school is not helping your child make progress.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“When you review an IEP, you get to really have a moment of, wow, my child is making progress.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“If you look at progress reports, and your child’s not making progress… it may not even be that that goal is too hard or difficult. It may be that that goal is not for them, maybe it needs to be tweaked.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“Most often, we show up, and we just sign. We don’t know what to ask. When you have this binder, you know what to ask. And you have a quick reference sitting in front of you." –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“When you have your documents lined up, it’s a story. You don’t have to be researchers or an analyst. It’s a story.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7Stay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
2/16/2021

This Girl Is On Fire: How To Raise Confident Black Kids

Season 2, Ep. 6
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, M.J. Fievre, author of the new book Raising Confident Black Kids, gives practical tips for tackling the tough issues of racism and racial inequalities as they apply to our children in loving and empowering ways. M.J. reminds us to listen to our children, acknowledge their feelings, and affirm our unconditional love for them. Learn about increasing your child’s personal agency to impact their world and beyond in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.About our Guest:M.J. Fievre is an author, professional speaker, and workshop facilitator from Haiti. M.J. authored Happy, Okay?: Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival (2019) and Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens (2020). She also helps others write their way through trauma, building community, and create social change. Her new book Raising Confident Black Kids is out now.Insight from this episode:M.J.’s best strategies for raising confident Black kids.How to explain systemic racism to your Black children in an empowering way.Strategies we can teach our children about how to navigate racist systems.Nurturing and supportive positive coping mechanisms in our children.Tips for teachers (Black and non-Black) can help raise confident Black kids.Quotes from the show:“Very often, kids are not able to see things beyond their own world. Everything you say is taken at face value, and they only apply it to their own situation.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6“You have to understand how the system works in order for you to be able to talk to your kids about the way to approach the impact of systemic racism.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6“Our babies don’t get to be babies as long as our counterparts.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6“This conversation is going to be had over and over because the situation is not going to change from one day to the next.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6“My focus is always to build up the individual first… making sure that they know they are wonderful, that they have talents, that they can change their world, that they can be who they want to be.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6“Remind them all the time that your love is unconditional because what racism does is trying to rob you from your identity, your sense of belonging. It instills in you the fact that you are unlovable. I think that reminding kids that they are loved is important as a tool to counter racism, to counter the racist messages that they get from other people.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6“Even with strict curriculums, teachers have a choice with how they teach certain notions.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6Stay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsM.J. FievreWebsite: https://www.badassblackgirl.com/Twitter: @MJ_FievreFacebook: @badassblackgirlInstagram: @badassblackgirlbooksLinkedIn: M.J. FievreYoutube: Badass Black GirlAmazon: M.J. FievreThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
2/9/2021

Stressed Out

Season 2, Ep. 5
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie shares her experience with extreme sleep deprivation and what it took to get the help she needed to take care of herself. Genie’s story reveals how overthinking and guilt can lead to sleep deprivation, a problem that many of us suffer from whether we realize it or not. Sleep is so important to our well-being and ability to make good decisions, so find out how to get better sleep in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.Insight from this episode:What is sleep deprivation? What are its potential causes and symptoms?The effects that sleep deprivation can have on your executive functioning skills and overall well-being.Genie personal story with sleep deprivation and how it changed her life.Connections between “grind culture” and sleep deprivationTips to break free from the grind culture, get more rest, and show yourself some love.Quotes from the show:“You are at the last stages of sleep deprivation, where your body gives out and you’re hospitalized.” –Genie Dawkins quoting her doctor The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be like my cautionary tale. Sleep deprivation is like literally when you’re not getting 7-9 hours of sleep consistently.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“One of the things that is affected by not sleeping is your ability to make good choices.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Your body heals and resets when it's resting, when it’s sleeping.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Taking a nap is a social justice movement.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“We shorten our longevity with the grind culture that’s based on a system that didn’t care, didn’t care about us. So show yourself some love.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Nothing is ever perfect. Just keep trying.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5Resources MentionedThe Nap MinistryStay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.
2/2/2021

Buy Back The Block: How to create a self-care regimen that you will maintain

Season 2, Ep. 4
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Kabrena Williams of Scratch Made Consulting brings her wealth of knowledge on behavior and self care to answer your questions about what self care is and what it should look like for you. If the words “self care” make you cringe, then you have to listen to Kabrena debunk the top self care assumptions she sees in her life of work. Using her WIN Method, Kabrena shares how to incorporate self care in a way you can handle it, not the way the media tells us to in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.About our Guest:Kabrena Williams is a Special Needs Parent Coach, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Founder of Scratch Made Consulting. For over 10 years, Kabrena has worked in various clinical settings with clients who have developmental and cognitive disabilities. She now focuses on special needs parents, pairing her expertise in behavior analysis and self care to help teach overwhelmed parents to use evidence based self care practices.Insight from this episode:Details on the four types of self care and how you can embed each type into your life in manageable ways.Kabrena’s WIN Method for implementing a self care routine that will actually stick to.Strategies for letting go of guilt and overwhelm to unlock the benefits of self care.Reflections on the particular struggle of being a special needs parent in the Black community.Quotes from the show:“There’s just a lot of peeling back layers and squashing those limited beliefs that they’re mutually exclusive-- that you can be a special needs parent and practice self care.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“It’s the smaller pieces that lead to peace of mind… The small activities of self care is what’s gonna help sustain us overall.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“One thing about self care is it’s a connection of self. It’s that part of nurturing your original self-- not the parent in you, but who you are without your kids.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“You’re not feeling as much burnout if you’re addressing all of the different modes of self-care.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“Self-care isn’t just one activity.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“Special needs parents are so good about thinking analytically and being little investigators with their children, but when it comes to themselves, they’re at a loss.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“[Women in the Black community] are just looked at as to be strong, and to persevere, and to not take days off already, and then to have a special needs child on top of that.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4Resources MentionedKabrena’s Free Facebook Group: Self Care is Non-NegotiableStay Connected:Genie DawkinsWebsite: Genie DawkinsTwitter: @genie49317Facebook: Genie DawkinsInstagram: @geniedawkinsLinkedIn: Genie DawkinsKabrena WilliamsWebsite: https://scratchmadeconsulting.com/Facebook: Scratch Made ConsultingInstagram: @scratchmadeconsultingYoutube: Scratch Made ConsultingPinterest: Scratch Made ConsultingThe Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipherPatreon: The Parenting CipherItunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherPost-production for this episode was provided by Podcast Laundry.