podcastSeason 5

Ep 185: Parenting Paradigm Shifts in Black Families

By September 9, 2020 No Comments

Audio Producer

Juan P. Perez


Fatima Mookadam


Daniela Gutiérrez Páez

Today’s episode is a deschooling conversation with the amazing Domari Dickinson. Domari chats with Akilah about how she became more aware of what it took for her to begin, moving away from a controlling approach and towards more positive and purposeful parenting.


Domari speaks from her own experience as a Black woman on how the resources and theory about homeschooling lacked diversity. She didn’t see herself or her family represented, in homeschooling communities online and in books and podcasts. Domari homeschooled her children for two years before sending them to public school.  Her children immediately had conflicts because of the way that their teachers were managing their learning processes, so they asked to go back to homeschooling.

Domari and Akilah also talk about what positive parenting means and how moving from a schoolish setting to a more partner centered way of being allows trust to happen, supporting practices can create an environment where children can feel safe reaching out to their parents.


Deschooling work for adults: Remember that Intuition Work from the Ours First Series, offered by Kelly Limes-Taylor, is now open for registration. Classes begin the week of September 13th and ends the week of October 11th!

From October 2nd to October 4th the National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) is hosting their Virtual Conference, Age of Youth! It’s happening from the evening of Friday, October 2nd to the evening of Sunday, October 4th. Register at ageofyouth.eventbrite.com.

We are so excited to announce our second Presence Counselor Anthony Galloway, Jr. He focuses on unschooling and deschooling for families and organizations, as well as people looking to create or grow a Self-Directed Education school or center. 


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