Thank you Dani McClain for your powerful piece on discipline in the Black community, "The Color of Discipline" "Black parents know this anxious vigilance, but for many of us it doesn’t fade away after a period of months. Instead, many of us are held hostage by fear. Trina Greene Brown, founder of a support community for black … Continue reading The Color Discpline
On the heels of Charlottesville, we shared an article by Black mother-writer, Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez, featured in On Parenting in the Washington Post which made the call for parents to spoil their Black children. Following the publication, Parenting for Liberation founder, Trina Greene Brown, connected with writer, Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez for a response article and interview. During our … Continue reading Shifting from Tough Love to Liberated Love with Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez
Mother and author, A.Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, recently wrote about why she rejected the tough discipline that has traditionally been a hallmark of black parenting. In a follow up article with the Washington Post, Trina Greene Brown, founder of Parenting for Liberation, was invited to share her response. Here is what Trina had to share: Raising my son … Continue reading ‘Spoiling’ black babies: Moms share their stories, including Trina Greene Brown
"Our parents’ method was one of sacrifice. It was a very noble goal but it left much to be desired. We have learned through the decades that we can’t protect our children from the hate of the world by acclimating them to high levels of discipline. This is because their actions are not the … Continue reading “After Charlottesville: We need to start ‘spoiling’ our black children”
"Which begs the question: Does it make sense to impose the harshest treatments on the most challenging kids? And are we treating chronically misbehaving children as though they don't want to behave, when in many cases they simply can't?" read Mother Jones article, "What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong"
Yesterday, I went through my second-graders folder as I do daily to review his homework, and sign my initials on his daily agenda. In his folder, I'm shocked to find a copy of a form with a personal note written asking me to sign and return the form. My eyes zoom in on the checked box … Continue reading Second-Grader in Detention? Not my Son!
A must read by Movement Maker Eesha Pandit, featuring interviews with fellow Movement Makers Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity and Trina Greene Brown of Parenting For Liberation, about the injustices of the of the criminal system and policies-- and the impact on victims of violence, including young girls like #Bresha Meadows. http://www.salon.com/2016/10/16/how-our-broken-bail-system-punishes-domestic-abuse-survivors-and-empowers-abusers/
This mothers Black 7 year-old 2nd grade son was handcuffed at school because he was crying. Here's what his mom has to say: "No schools should be handcuffing little kids. I want it to stop,” said Primm. “Someone needs to step up and speak up. Unfortunately, I’m not a media guru. This is, to a … Continue reading Handcuffed for Crying
“I believe the racial disparities in school suspension and expulsion convince Black childr en to leave the school environment in large numbers. Many Black students drop out of school or do not perform to their ability,” Bell said. “Additionally, other Black students adopt the belief that they are being criminalized and that school is only … Continue reading The Pre-K to Prison Pipeline
The Schott Foundation is "Shining a Spotlight on Black Girls" focusing on the barriers facing Black girls in our public schools. Oftentimes, school pushout conversations center boys of color--I'll personally admit that I spend a lot of time on this site worrying about my son more than my daughter. However, when using both a race and … Continue reading Shining a Spotlight on Black Girls