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Parenting Now: Raising Antiracist Kids with Rebekah Gienapp

On this edition of Parenting Now, we welcome Rebekah Gienapp for a Zoom conversation on Raising Antiracist Kids. Her book Raising Antiracist Kids is out now.

In the conversation and her book, we’ll learn how to get comfortable talking about race with your kids, take action as a family against racism, and raise antiracist kids at every age and stage.

Rebekah Gienapp is a writer, speaker, parenting coach, and religious educator. Her work focuses on nurturing a commitment to social justice and antiracism in children, especially those whose families hold privilege. Her work has been featured by The Washington Post, Parenting Forward, and MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. She is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, and lives with her family in Memphis, TN.

Rebekah blogs at rebekahgienapp.com/blog

Parenting Now: Creating Sacred Moments at Home for Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas with Rev. Traci Smith

On this edition of Parenting Now, we welcome pastor and author Rev. Traci Smith for a Zoom workshop on Creating Sacred Moments at Home for Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. Her book Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas is out now. It is a holiday companion to her excellent and very practical book Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home.

The holidays are going to look different this year, and what we do in the home will become that much more important as we celebrate the season and seek to grow in our love of God and neighbor. This event will take place via Zoom, and we are intentionally designing it to be interactive. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with one another in breakout conversations and in Q&A with Traci.

Here is the recording.

Raising Justice Seeking Kids

In this edition of Parenting Now, we welcome renowned author, speaker and podcaster Cindy Wang Brandt to speak on raising justice seeking kids.

Cindy is the author of the book Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness. She hosts the podcast Parenting Forward and curates the Parenting Forward Conference.

Micah 6:8 says we are to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with our God.

The last several months have brought into sharp focus many areas of injustice in our society – racism, healthcare, education, and more. How can we as parents work for a better world and raise our children to seek justice?

Here are some highlights of Cindy’s talk:

  • How to have high hopes for our kids without crushing them with our high parental expectations.
  • Why we don’t have to teach our kids about injustice.
  • The most important thing to instill in our kids.
  • How systemic change really happens.
  • How we can give our children a voice and dismantle the barriers that have been constructed to squash it.
  • A broader definition of activism.
  • How to pave the way for your kids to be revolutionaries.

Check out the video below. The first part of this webinar was also used on Cindy’s 100th episode of her podcast Parenting Forward.

 

Parenting in a Pandemic

We recently held an online conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Dumville in which we talked about anxieties, isolation, and the many challenges families are facing right now. The recording of that conversation is posted below.

Dr. Dumville is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor whose practice, Family Psychological Services of Lakeland, specializes in infants, children, adolescents, and families. Learn more about how Dr. Dumville got her start in mental health counseling, her history, and methods of counseling here.

Dr. Dumville’s services include addressing issues such as:

  • Adjustment
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Learning Disabilities

Please let us know how we can support and encourage you in your calling as a parent in these days. You can email us at parentingnow@firstumc.org.