22 episodes

Are you an innovative parent of color with a special needs child, or raising a child of color, and find yourself having more questions than answers? The Parenting Cipher Podcast gives a voice to black families' fears and impressions when they are navigating their child’s disabilities while providing you with shortcuts to successfully navigate the education system. This podcast was created to empower you and your child to make changes in your life so that you can advocate for the best possible education and support your family deserves with a side of humor and real talk. 
 
Genie Dawkins is a best-selling author, who doesn't believe in the word “can’t” and has used that motto to broaden her children’s view of themselves, enrolled them in private schools using scholarships, and traveled across the globe to expose them to a world without limits.
Every week, Genie invites a wide range of professionals and other parents to breakdown topics related to special education, parenting, wholistic lifestyle, entrepreneurship, and our cultural experiences. 
Listen now to start decoding the information that keeps your child from making progress so you can connect the tools and resources provided in each episode to help you lead your child's journey to success. 
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Are you an innovative parent of color with a special needs child, or raising a child of color, and find yourself having more questions than answers? The Parenting Cipher Podcast gives a voice to black families' fears and impressions when they are navigating their child’s disabilities while providing you with shortcuts to successfully navigate the education system. This podcast was created to empower you and your child to make changes in your life so that you can advocate for the best possible education and support your family deserves with a side of humor and real talk. 
 
Genie Dawkins is a best-selling author, who doesn't believe in the word “can’t” and has used that motto to broaden her children’s view of themselves, enrolled them in private schools using scholarships, and traveled across the globe to expose them to a world without limits.
Every week, Genie invites a wide range of professionals and other parents to breakdown topics related to special education, parenting, wholistic lifestyle, entrepreneurship, and our cultural experiences. 
Listen now to start decoding the information that keeps your child from making progress so you can connect the tools and resources provided in each episode to help you lead your child's journey to success. 
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    Mama Said Knock You Out: 5 Easy Ways To Prepare For An Individual Education Plan

    Mama Said Knock You Out: 5 Easy Ways To Prepare For An Individual Education Plan

    In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie gets ready for Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting season. Whether this is your child’s very first IEP meeting or you are a veteran, we can always improve and empower ourselves when going into an IEP meeting. Tune in for Genie’s five tips to prepare for your next IEP meeting to feel confident and get what your child needs-- along with a special guest appearance from Genie’s son-- in this episode of The Parenting Cipher. 
    Genie Dawkins
    Host of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.
     
    Insight from this episode:
    What’s an IEP and what’s in Genie’s “big binder” for a successful meeting and how to make one for yourself. Tips on who to reach out to for help, especially in gathering documents for your binder. Details on what you should review in the proposed IEP before a meeting. Strategies for how to talk to your child about his or her IEP and goals.  
    Quotes from the show:
    “After I get an appointment date, I will follow up with, ‘When should I expect to see the proposed IEP goals?’” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7 “[Your binder is] actually your document, your legal proof, in the happenstance that the school is not helping your child make progress.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“When you review an IEP, you get to really have a moment of, wow, my child is making progress.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“If you look at progress reports, and your child’s not making progress… it may not even be that that goal is too hard or difficult. It may be that that goal is not for them, maybe it needs to be tweaked.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“Most often, we show up, and we just sign. We don’t know what to ask. When you have this binder, you know what to ask. And you have a quick reference sitting in front of you." –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7“When you have your documents lined up, it’s a story. You don’t have to be researchers or an analyst. It’s a story.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #7
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    Website: Genie Dawkins
    Twitter: @genie49317
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    • 26 min
    This Girl Is On Fire: How To Raise Confident Black Kids

    This Girl Is On Fire: How To Raise Confident Black Kids

    In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, M.J. Fievre, author of the new book Raising Confident Black Kids, gives practical tips for tackling the tough issues of racism and racial inequalities as they apply to our children in loving and empowering ways. M.J. reminds us to listen to our children, acknowledge their feelings, and affirm our unconditional love for them. Learn about increasing your child’s personal agency to impact their world and beyond in this episode of The Parenting Cipher. 
    Genie Dawkins
    Host of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.
    About our Guest:
    M.J. Fievre is an author, professional speaker, and workshop facilitator from Haiti. M.J. authored Happy, Okay?: Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival (2019) and Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens (2020). She also helps others write their way through trauma, building community, and create social change. Her new book Raising Confident Black Kids is out now.
     
    Insight from this episode:
    M.J.’s best strategies for raising confident Black kids.How to explain systemic racism to your Black children in an empowering way. Strategies we can teach our children about how to navigate racist systems. Nurturing and supportive positive coping mechanisms in our children. Tips for teachers (Black and non-Black) can help raise confident Black kids.  
     Quotes from the show:
    “Very often, kids are not able to see things beyond their own world. Everything you say is taken at face value, and they only apply it to their own situation.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6 “You have to understand how the system works in order for you to be able to talk to your kids about the way to approach the impact of systemic racism.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6 “Our babies don’t get to be babies as long as our counterparts.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6 “This conversation is going to be had over and over because the situation is not going to change from one day to the next.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6  “My focus is always to build up the individual first… making sure that they know they are wonderful, that they have talents, that they can change their world, that they can be who they want to be.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6 “Remind them all the time that your love is unconditional because what racism does is trying to rob you from your identity, your sense of belonging. It instills in you the fact that you are unlovable. I think that reminding kids that they are loved is important as a tool to counter racism, to counter the racist messages that they get from other people.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6 “Even with strict curriculums, teachers have a choice with how they teach certain notions.” –M.J. Fievre The Parenting Cipher Ep. #6 
    Stay Connected:
    Genie Dawkins
    Website: Genie Dawkins
    Twitter: @genie49317
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    Instagram: @geniedawkins
    LinkedIn: Genie Dawkins
     
    M.J. Fievre
    Website: https://www.badassblackgirl.com/ 
    Twitter: @MJ_Fievre
    Facebook: @badassblackgirl
    Instagram: @badassblackgirlbooks
    LinkedIn: M.J. Fievre
    Youtube: Badass Black Girl
    Amazon: M.J. Fievre

    • 50 min
    Stressed Out

    Stressed Out

    In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie shares her experience with extreme sleep deprivation and what it took to get the help she needed to take care of herself. Genie’s story reveals how overthinking and guilt can lead to sleep deprivation, a problem that many of us suffer from whether we realize it or not. Sleep is so important to our well-being and ability to make good decisions, so find out how to get better sleep in this episode of The Parenting Cipher. 
    Genie Dawkins
    Host of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.
    Insight from this episode:
    What is sleep deprivation? What are its potential causes and symptoms? The effects that sleep deprivation can have on your executive functioning skills and overall well-being.Genie personal story with sleep deprivation and how it changed her life. Connections between “grind culture” and sleep deprivation Tips to break free from the grind culture, get more rest, and show yourself some love. 
    Quotes from the show:
    “You are at the last stages of sleep deprivation, where your body gives out and you’re hospitalized.” –Genie Dawkins quoting her doctor The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be like my cautionary tale. Sleep deprivation is like literally when you’re not getting 7-9 hours of sleep consistently.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“One of the things that is affected by not sleeping is your ability to make good choices.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5 “Your body heals and resets when it's resting, when it’s sleeping.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Taking a nap is a social justice movement.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“We shorten our longevity with the grind culture that’s based on a system that didn’t care, didn’t care about us. So show yourself some love.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5“Nothing is ever perfect. Just keep trying.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #5
    Resources Mentioned
    The Nap Ministry 
    Stay Connected:
    Genie Dawkins
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    Twitter: @genie49317
    Facebook: Genie Dawkins
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    • 24 min
    Buy Back The Block: How to create a self-care regimen that you will maintain

    Buy Back The Block: How to create a self-care regimen that you will maintain

    In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Kabrena Williams of Scratch Made Consulting brings her wealth of knowledge on behavior and self care to answer your questions about what self care is and what it should look like for you. If the words “self care” make you cringe, then you have to listen to Kabrena debunk the top self care assumptions she sees in her life of work. Using her WIN Method, Kabrena shares how to incorporate self care in a way you can handle it, not the way the media tells us to in this episode of The Parenting Cipher. 
    Genie Dawkins
    Host of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.
    About our Guest:
    Kabrena Williams is a Special Needs Parent Coach, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Founder of Scratch Made Consulting. For over 10 years, Kabrena has worked in various clinical settings with clients who have developmental and cognitive disabilities. She now focuses on special needs parents, pairing her expertise in behavior analysis and self care to help teach overwhelmed parents to use evidence based self care practices.  
    Insight from this episode:
    Details on the four types of self care and how you can embed each type into your life in manageable ways. Kabrena’s WIN Method for implementing a self care routine that will actually stick to.Strategies for letting go of guilt and overwhelm to unlock the benefits of self care.Reflections on the particular struggle of being a special needs parent in the Black community.  
    Quotes from the show:
    “There’s just a lot of peeling back layers and squashing those limited beliefs that they’re mutually exclusive-- that you can be a special needs parent and practice self care.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“It’s the smaller pieces that lead to peace of mind… The small activities of self care is what’s gonna help sustain us overall.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“One thing about self care is it’s a connection of self. It’s that part of nurturing your original self-- not the parent in you, but who you are without your kids.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“You’re not feeling as much burnout if you’re addressing all of the different modes of self-care.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“Self-care isn’t just one activity.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“Special needs parents are so good about thinking analytically and being little investigators with their children, but when it comes to themselves, they’re at a loss.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4“[Women in the Black community] are just looked at as to be strong, and to persevere, and to not take days off already, and then to have a special needs child on top of that.” –Kabrena Williams The Parenting Cipher Ep. #4   
    Resources Mentioned
    Kabrena’s Free Facebook Group: Self Care is Non-Negotiable
    Stay Connected:
    Genie Dawkins
    Website: Genie Dawkins
    Twitter: @genie49317
    Facebook: Genie Dawkins
    Instagram: @geniedawkins
    LinkedIn: Genie Dawkins
     
    Kabrena Williams
    Website: https://scratchmadeconsulting.com/ 
    Facebook: Scratch Made Consulting
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    Youtube: Scratch Made Consulting
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    • 46 min
    I'm Bad: 6 unique ways to make virtual school work for you

    I'm Bad: 6 unique ways to make virtual school work for you

    In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie reflects on and reframes what she has learned during virtual school in 2020. If you’re finding yourself tired of virtual school (you’re not alone!), this is the episode to refresh you and equip you with new strategies moving forward with your child’s education, including areas such as motivation, IEP goals, social workers, and compensatory education. Genie shares six great tips, with her stories along the way, of how you can best approach and actually take advantage of virtual learning in this episode of The Parenting Cipher. 
    Genie Dawkins
    Host of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.
    Insight from this episode:
    Tips for interacting with teachers, administration, and social workers, even when you disagree. Details on fostering independence in your child when it sometimes seems easier to do things for them ourselves. Questions to ask yourself, like: Is your state and school providing all the services that your child is entitled to even in virtual learning? Strategies for setting and working towards SMART goals for your child, your family, and yourself.   
    Quotes from the show:
    “If they’re doing that during virtual when they know you’re around, what will they be doing in the classroom? So this is a moment we get to check in with the things we have observed during virtual and be prepared to take them into the real school setting where we can’t be there the whole time.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #3  “Are we supporting our children or are we doing it for them?” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #3 “Just pay attention to conversations that you’re having with people who are giving and providing services to your child… It’s always about the paper and your notes. It’s always that way.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #3 “What’s everyone doing as a family to stay sane?” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #3 “When we step into these spaces where we are not sure of ourselves or how much we know, that’s that “I’m bad” space.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #3 
    Resources Mentioned
    The Joyful Family Planner
    Genie’s How to Implement IEPs Remotely Presentation  
    Stay Connected:
    Genie Dawkins
    Website: Genie Dawkins
    Twitter: @genie49317
    Facebook: Genie Dawkins
    Instagram: @geniedawkins
    LinkedIn: Genie Dawkins
     
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    • 23 min
    Optimistic: Amazing Diverse Learning Programs Will Change Your Child’s World

    Optimistic: Amazing Diverse Learning Programs Will Change Your Child’s World

    In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, our host Genie Dawkins speaks with Anthony Frasier, the CEO of ABF Creative, to talk about all things “edutainment” and how finding the right media can have positive holistic benefits for your child. If you’ve ever worried about too much mindless “screen time,” hear about some solutions in this episode of The Parenting Cipher. 
    Genie Dawkins
    Host of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As an educational advocacy specialist, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.
    About our Guest:
    Anthony Frasier is a Black entrepreneur for over 10 years in the tech industry. Frasier has been featured on CNN, BET, and more. These past two years, he’s been solely focused on building ABF Creative, which is a major multiethnic podcast network that bridges the gap between culture and media, with a mission to impact 100 million people of color through audio. Frasier is publishing a new podcast out of Tanzania currently on Youtube called Akili and Me along with ABF original African Folktales.
     
    Insight from this episode:
    Details on the effectiveness of edutainment programs and what the Akili and Me podcast is all about.How a podcast can help increase your child’s sense of self identity and self love. Strategies on overcoming the struggle of discoverability and visibility of Black media.Benefits of representation of people of color in our media and where you can find it.
    Quotes from the show:
    “You’re more likely to see an animal talking than you are to see a Black child talking in a cartoon.” –Anthony Frasier The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2“People are yearning for stories and content that first of all, features a group and set of people that have been ignored but then also is for a group and a set of people that have been ignored… we looked around and just saw that no one was making content for Black children.” –Anthony Frasier The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2“Having a sense of pride in who you are and seeing yourself represented in the media is so important… if we’re not showing ourselves, if we’re not being represented, it’s affecting the self esteem of our children.” –Anthony Frasier The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2“Social media’s not doing [the youth] any favors. It’s not teaching them cause and effect. Also with the fact that we are not represented in our totality. We’re represented in the way that the people who have power want to show us.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2“It’s very important that we own our platforms. And we don’t play small ball either… we’re trying to play the same game they’re playing. We need to be a $100 million company. We need to be just that big and just that Black.” –Anthony Frasier The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2“We hold all the platforms accountable… to make sure this stuff [like the Akili and Me podcast] is front and center.” –Anthony Frasier The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2“I have never seen a supplement [video] with a child that looks like mine until I came across Akili and Me’s Youtube video.” –Genie Dawkins The Parenting Cipher Ep. #2
    Resources Mentioned:
    Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness
    Akili and Me Youtube Channel
    Stay Connected:
    Genie Dawkins
    Website: Genie Dawkins
    Twitter: @Genie49317
    Facebook: Genie Dawkins
    Instagram: @G

    • 30 min

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