The Parenting Cipher

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 impressions when they are navigating their child’s disabilities while providing you with shortcuts to successfully navigate the education system. This podcast was created to empower you and your child to make changes in your life so that you can advocate for the best possible education and support your family deserves with a side of humor and real talk. 


Genie Dawkins is a best-selling author, who doesn't believe in the word “can’t” and has used that motto to broaden her children’s view of themselves, enrolled them in private schools using scholarships, and traveled across the globe to expose them to a world without limits.

Every week, Genie invites a wide range of professionals and other parents to break down topics related to special education, parenting, wholistic lifestyle, entrepreneurship, and our cultural experiences. 

Listen now to start decoding the information that keeps your child from making progress so you can connect the tools and resources provided in each episode to help you lead your child's journey to success. 

Genie Dawkins

Lateefa Dawkins fondly called "Genie" by friends is an author and Confident Parent Strategist. She holds a BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She's also a certified Integrative Health Coach. Genie uses her skills and experience as a leader in her field by empowering families with special needs children. She is the author of the best-selling book Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Difficulties with IEP’s. As a single mother with four special needs children, Genie Dawkins attributes her family as her inspiration.