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"The Parenting Cipher" podcast, a platform for parents navigating the complex journey of raising children with special needs. Here, we gather like a Hip-Hop Cipher, sharing diverse experiences and insights to challenge the status quo and empower one another.

Our episodes focus on educational advocacy, understanding diagnoses, and promoting self-care, while acknowledging the unique cultural challenges faced by families. Join us as we create a supportive community, equipping parents to confidently advocate for their children's education and well-being.


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November 16, 2021
[Episode 304]Wild Wild West: Steps to Take When Your Child Is Being Stereotyped

In this episode, Genie Dawkins talks about how she handled the situation when she realized that the school was keeping a log of her son’s behaviors and did not give her a copy. She takes you on the journey of how schools use your child's behavior as a way to keep you from questioning them and how to empower yourself and protect your child.

November 3, 2021
[EP. 302] Luchini: 3 Amazing ways to Support Your Kids Returning to In person schools

In this episode, Kim and I discuss how she supports black and transracial youth and their families in managing the world o grief, loss, and racial trauma in her practice. While talking about how we can support our kids with returning back to in-person school.

October 26, 2021
[EP.301] Lean Back: 6 Empowering Ways To Take Charge of Your health

In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie takes you on a reflective journey of her health issues and how to improve your own health advocate. While discussing the disparities and bias in health care that adds to the fact African Americans are 50 percent more likely to die of a stroke, cancer, and COVID as compared to their white adult counterparts. A healthy body is a healthy mind. So, it is important that you take care of both aspects equally and not neglect one for the other. Tune in for Genie’s six tips for taking charge of your health.

June 14, 2021
[Ep. 211] Season Finale: Ye Yo- Spectacular ways Diverse Books can change your child's world

On the season finale of The Parenting Cipher, Stephanie Reed of MiJa Books joins Genie to talk about the importance of representation in children’s books and the positive effect it can have on our children’s self-esteem and the ways they relate to others. Exposure to diverse books can create a more inclusive world. Hear about what MiJa Books is doing to make multicultural stories-- especially stories of joy and existence-- accessible to everyone in this episode of The Parenting Cipher.

June 4, 2021
[Ep. 210] 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.

May 28, 2021
[Ep 209] The Man: Journey to Embracing and Thriving with Tourette's Syndrome

In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, William Atikins 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 […]

May 10, 2021
[Ep. 208] Save The Children: Learn How to Raise Black Kids in white Spaces

Meet Val and Katie  Valerie Harrison and Kathryn D'Angelo came together in friendship and support to write the book 'Do Right By Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces.' Kathryn, a white woman, married to a white man, upon adopting a beautiful bi-racial child, knew they needed support in learning what it takes […]

April 16, 2021
[Episode 207] Mama Said Knock You Out: 5 Easy Ways to Prepare for an IEP

Mama Said Knock You Out: 5 Easy Ways To Prepare For An Individual Education Plan What is an IEP Meeting For those who do not know what an IEP or individual education plan is, it is a plan that outlines what specialized instruction and related services that a child receives with a disability that will […]

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