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Author and Professor, Dr. Traci Baxley, breaks down what it means to raise socially conscious children and the actionable steps parents can take to practice inclusivity in their home, school, and communities.
After the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter uprising, many people grappled with the discomfort of racial bias and how it showed up in their lives, communities, and upbringing. The need to become actively anti-racist has been an evolving mission of mine as I seek to teach my children about social justice, inclusivity, and compassion for all.
Cultural and race identity coach and Professor, Dr. Traci Baxley supports parents on their journey to becoming allies, helping them move from fear-based parenting. By leaning into the discomfort of triggering topics like race, politics, and current social injustices, we can build a future generation to be proud of.
This episode is a fantastic resource for parents to evolve their value system and take actionable steps towards social justice parenting.
As a black woman, Dr. Baxley has had to face difficult conversations and disparities for her whole life, she's now channeled her research and learnings into her new book around parenting and raising anti-racist children
Dr. Baxley recommends identifying your family values to help guide conversations around privilege and race
It's important to consciously bring up difficult topics, and having the choice to "opt out" of race conversations is a signpost of privilege
Exposure is important- in children's communities, activities, toys, books, etc, make sure they are being exposed to others who do not look like them
Dr. Baxley uses the 4 S's: Self-Reflect, Survey, Seek, and Speak to help frame work towards anti-racism
Encourage open communication with children, allowing them to set boundaries when they feel pushed too much, and teaching them to be good listeners to you and others
When establishing core values for your family, use phrases that capture the value and serve to remind your children, for example "you are your brother's keeper" is a key phrase that Dr. Baxley uses to remind her children to support each other
Read: Social Justice Parenting
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