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A podcast about motherhood IRL. 2 mompreneuer friends keepin it real AF. With Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards.

The Top Knot Squad Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards

    • Kids & Family

A podcast about motherhood IRL. 2 mompreneuer friends keepin it real AF. With Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards.

    Parenting School-Aged Kids

    Parenting School-Aged Kids

    On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about Parenting School Age Children. Between the ages of 5 and 12, children expand their horizons and spend more time away from their parents. It can be tough to see your child go from baby to child – going to school, making friends, and learning more about the world. It’s an exciting time in your child’s development, but can also come with a multitude of stressors as both you and your child learn to navigate new systems, routines, and relationships, not to mention concerns about inclusion, bullying, violence, sex ed, and more. We are thrilled to have Dr. Eboni Lunsford Calbow join us for today's conversation and hopefully provide us with some tips and tricks on surviving the journey through the school years.
    Eboni Lunsford Calbow, LCSW, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

    Her current research and teaching interests include school social work, trauma informed care and intervention, educational equity and social justice, multidisciplinary and collaborative practice, and evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities.

    Prior to teaching full time at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Calbow was a school social worker for almost a decade, working with over twenty school campuses in Austin ISD. She has experience working with children and adolescents ages 3-22 and is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. Her professional practice covered topics like trauma informed intervention, culturally responsive practice, drop-out prevention, sociocultural influences on academic progress, school ethics, crisis and critical incidents, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and suicide prevention and intervention.
    Resources:
    Eboni's practice: https://elixirtherapy.co/ Eboni on IG: https://www.instagram.com/elixirtherapy/

    • 1 hr 3 min
     Implicit Bias

     Implicit Bias

    On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about bias. Bias penetrates all aspects of our lives, from workplace bias to bias in mainstream media to bias in education. TKS has focused on maternal mortality in a previous episode this season, but today we’ll be looking at one of the many factors that impact the high rates seen in the US: bias, specifically bias in birth. This encompasses racial biases, biases based on sexual orientation, and beyond, all impacting marginalized communities already at risk for negative birth outcomes. Our guest today is Jennifer Sarduy, mama, activist, and founder of Re+Birth Equity Alliance. 
    Jen is a community organizer with several organizations, working to hold space and encourage accountability with issues that affect her community.
    Primarily, she works with Re+Birth Equity Alliance, an organization she co-founded to address disconnection within birth justice. Within Re+Birth Equity she helps to organize mobile mental health clinics and community based adult sex ed conversations. She travels regularly for Re+Birth Equity to train birth and family workers on implicit bias management and systemic racism in birth. She also is involved with a local harm reduction non-profit, working to ensure that people who use drugs are safer and better understood in Fort Worth.  In her free time she enjoys making fish faces at the fish in her aquarium in order to seem more relatable, and making up elaborate excuses to avoid school fundraisers. 
     
    Resources:
    Re+Birth Equity Alliance

    • 42 min
    Partnering and Parenting

    Partnering and Parenting

     
    On this episode of the Top Knot Squad, we will be talking about partnering and parenting at the same time and how the eff to keep our relationship healthy. Big things happen to a partnership when you decide to add children to the mix and while parenthood is an exciting time for a couple, it is also guaranteed to bring about some level of stress or strain on the relationship. Today we hope to dive in to everything from communication, mental load, not hating each other, and overall learn a bit more about how to parent without losing touch with your partner. We are thrilled to have our friend and colleague, Genevieve Saenz joining us for this conversation. 

    About our guest: 

    Genevieve Saenz, MA, LMFT-Associate (she/her) is both a very silly and a very serious person, who loves gardening, art supplies, ghost stories, and her wild wonderful family. Genevieve created her private practice, PassageWay Arts, in 2013. As a celebrant and therapist, she uses compassionate counseling, the creative arts, and sacred ceremony to create consciousness and ease the pain of change. 

     
    Resources:
    - Genevieve’s practice, Passageway Arts 
    - Partners in Parenting Austin
    - Gottman Institute’s Bringing Home Baby Workshops
    - “Making Marriage Work” lecture by Dr. John Gottman

    • 50 min
    Parenting as a Survivor

    Parenting as a Survivor

    On this episode of the Top Knot Squad, we will be talking about what it’s like to parent as a trauma survivor and how we can discuss right from wrong touch with our kids. According to the National Center for Victims of Crimes , 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been sexually abused before 18th birthday. There are 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America. 3 million are children, which would fill 46 national football stadiums. 90% of children are sexually abused by someone they know and trust. There are over 747,000 registered sex offenders in America.

    Today, we don’t just want to talk about how to eliminate this crisis, but also discuss what happens when a survivor gives birth and faces their own parenting journey. For many survivors of childhood abuse, symptoms of  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD) may re-occur, or never arise, until they become a parent. All of us have struggled with mom guilt at some point or another, but parenting survivors are at an increased risk for internalizing shame and can find themselves feeling triggered while navigating the trenches of parenthood. Today we are thrilled to have our friend and colleague, Lindsay Thomason joining us for this conversation.

    Lindsay is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and the owner and founder of The Nanny League, Inc., an elite placement agency that matches affluent families with college-educated nannies. She started the agency in 2010 after pursuing a career in television & film that ultimately led her to taking on a live-in nanny role for a high-profile family in Los Angeles. Lindsay and her team of women behind the brand have successfully built a database of thousands of professional, college-educated nannies, baby nurses and personal assistants, and have matched them with families across the United States. The Nanny League has been featured in PEOPLE Magazine, New York Magazine, US Weekly, My Fox LA, Celebrity Baby Scoop and Lindsay appeared on Austin’s Studio 512 last winter. In 2017, Lindsay was nominated for  LA Business Journal 's 2017 Women's Summit CEO of the Year. She proudly serves on the board as an Associate for Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.®, and has most recently helped develop an online training program to educate nannies about child sexual abuse prevention and mitigation. The Nanny League is the first-ever nanny agency to mandate this training for its members. Lindsay currently resides is Austin, TX with her husband Eric, their six-month-old twins, Bette & Sarge, and chi-terrorist (Chihuahua Terrier) dog Evvie. She is extremely passionate about educating people on childhood sexual abuse and is dedicated to maintaining The Nanny League's reputation as one of the best nanny matchmaker agencies in the US.

    Resources:

    Bessel A. van der Kolk, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma"

    Ellen Bass & Laura Davis, "The Courage to Heal" 

    The Courage to Heal Workbook
    Erin Merryn

    The Swimsuit Lesson
    The Right Touch

    • 46 min
    Losing a Child

    Losing a Child

    On today's episode, we'll be discussing a heavy topic (when do we not?), the loss of a child. The loss of a child is generally considered the worst possible grief and a topic that is often ignored because of the immense pain involved. We are grateful to have our friend and colleague, Kim Borchert on the show today to share with us her some of her story and help us bring more awareness on navigating grief as a parent. We know the grieving process is a very individual and personal experience, but we hope Kim can help us understand more about the grieving parent. Please listen with an open heart, but also take the space you may need.
     
    Kim is the wife to a pretty amazing Man and Mom of 6, 5 on Earth and 1 Beyond. She has been an unapologetic normalizer of death since her daughter died in 2003. She is a childbirth educator and birth and postpartum doula that specializes in helping families navigate grief, loss, and welcoming their rainbow babies.
    She owns Austin Doula Care with her Doula Soul Mate and is so grateful for the opportunity to serve Austin families and collaborate with other doulas in Austin.
    She is a lover of plants, herbs, and making food and medicines from her garden. When she is not doing doula work or playing in the dirt, you can find Kim swimming with her kiddos, reading a book, or watching Outlander.
     
    Resources:
    http://austindoulacare.com/
     
    http://nationalshare.org/
     
    https://www.compassionatefriends.org/

    • 52 min
    Our Birth Stories, Part 2

    Our Birth Stories, Part 2

    On today’s episode of TKS, join Naya and Alexis for a two-part episode where they take turns sharing their birth stories.
    On part one of two, tune in as Alexis shares about the birth of her son Rory and then her daughter Rowan.

    • 34 min

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