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256. Social Justice Parenting with Traci Baxley

Social justice involves action. In our society which has historically privileged whiteness, many racist and other prejudicial ideas are widely accepted as the standard and are pervasively practiced as the norm. Because of this, allies must engage in anti-racism and take action against racist behaviors. One form of action involves parenting practices. Dr. Traci Baxley, author of Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids, is an expert in child development, elementary education, curriculum and instruction, diversity and inclusion, anti-bias curriculum, and social justice education. On this episode of POTC, Debbie and Traci come together to discuss the importance of Social Justice Parenting Practices. Join us in this episode to learn expert-approved strategies for accepting your child for who they are, practical advice for moving from being a “good person” to being an advocate for historically excluded communities, the main qualities of a pro-justice home, and so much more!

Listen and Learn:

  • Jill and Debbie’s experiences implementing Social Justice Parenting practices
  • The personal story behind Traci’s work
  • Traci’s experience with “The Talk” that black families must have with their children in the U.S.
  • Belonging as a universal, fundamental motivation 
  • Expert-approved strategies for accepting your children for who they are
  • Traci’s expert definition of Social Justice Parenting 
  • Why parents struggle to implement Social Justice Parenting practices (and how to overcome those struggles!)
  • The importance of Social Justice Parenting practices
  • Practical advice for moving from being a “good person” to being an advocate for historically excluded communities
  • The main qualities of a pro justice home
  • How to start conversations about hard topics with your kids (no matter their age!)
  • Expert-approved strategies for responding to difficult, scary questions from your kids and bringing others into the conversation of social justice

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​​About Dr. Traci Baxley:

Dr. Traci Baxley is a Associate Professor of education at Florida Atlantic University, consultant, parenting coach, and speaker. An educator for over 30 years with degrees in child development, elementary education, and curriculum and instruction. She specializes in diversity and inclusion, anti-bias curriculum, and social justice education. She teaches two online courses for white mothers who want to be allies to the Black community and raise antiracist children (who will be change agents in the world) and for parents who want to implement Social Justice Parenting practices in their family’s daily lives. Make sure to grab your copy of her book, Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids.

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