62 episodes

Where I ask all the questions I probably should have asked before I had a kid.

How To Get Away With Parenting Malaika Dower

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

Where I ask all the questions I probably should have asked before I had a kid.

    Episode 62 - No Christmas Gifts This Year?

    Episode 62 - No Christmas Gifts This Year?

    My husband and I have a long chat about everything, from how he's been addressing white privilege with other white people when people of color aren't around, to our continuing preschool indecision. And, I reveal to him that I'm not going to get our daughter a Christmas gift this year. But, Santa might get her something. 
    Eben seems to be making progress in his goal of talking about racism to white people. He first declared it here: Episode 39 - What will our legacy be?  The book I'm currently reading/listening to is How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen. I really like it.  I found wrapping paper with a black Santa on it. He's called Clarence Claus from Greentop Gifts.  I was inspired to check in on my fibroids because of this episode of Dem Black Mamas. Website me:  www.htgawp.com 
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 61 - Will Colonialism Ruin My Parenting Goals?

    Episode 61 - Will Colonialism Ruin My Parenting Goals?

    I talk a good game about respectful parenting and child-directed learning but deep down, I'm a typical Guyanese mother. What does that mean? My friend Nyoka Acevedo and I break it down in this episode. She's a committed educator and passionate Restorative Justice advocate. And, Nyoka is a Puerto Rican mother trying to sift through a lot of historical b******t that weighs us down. This episode is full of questions. Not a lot of answers. And, a great tip at the end about how to teach your toddler not to scream in your face when they want your attention. 
    Nyoka told me about a great resource for Restorative Justice work here in Oakland! http://rjoyoakland.org/  Another shout out to friend in my head, Akilah Richards, who's raising Free Children and discussing it on her podcast   Website me:  www.htgawp.com 
    Email me:  htgawppodcast@gmail.com 
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    • 46 min
    Episode 60 - Pee Pee In The Potty?

    Episode 60 - Pee Pee In The Potty?

    I watch entirely too many YouTube daily vlogs and thus got it into my head that I could do a daily podcast about parenting. So, in this episode I pop in every few days to update you on the day to day joys and struggles of respectfully parenting a toddler. We had a HUGE event happen during this week that I had to document. My husband even makes and appearance! As usual, I ask a lot of questions to all the listeners so I don't feel so alone. So, let me know what you think!
    Website me:  www.htgawp.com 
    Email me:  htgawppodcast@gmail.com 
    Tweet me: @htgawp
    Rate and review me: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-get-away-with-parenting/id1084576130

    • 46 min
    Episode 59 - Can Black Parents Be Minimalists?

    Episode 59 - Can Black Parents Be Minimalists?

    I sit down and have a loooong chat with my new friends Pastaveia and Sean from EcoConsciousLifestyle! They're expecting their first baby and plan to maintain their minimalist lifestyle. I had questions! They are also interested in respectful parenting. I had answers! We also got in to a much needed discussion about how both of these life choices have a distinct impact on us as black parents. Stay tuned to the end where I regale them with my positive birth story in an effort to take the fear out of the big day.
    Show notes:
    Pastaveia and Sean are part of the Black Minimalist movement.  Sean's into this book and Pastaveia is into this book. Throughout her plant-based pregnancy Pastevia relied on books and YouTube channels like Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy Book by Latham Thomas and also found recipes from Jenne Clairborne's Sweet Potato Soul. I go on a rant about why it's especially important for parents of black children NOT to use tough love as a way of preparing them for the "real world." This video explains why that tactic is harmful to all kids. Speaking for raising preparing our children for the future. Pastaveia mentioned Brandi Sellerz-Jackson's inspirational blog post about raising carefree black kids.  
    Website me:  www.htgawp.com 
    Email me:  htgawppodcast@gmail.com 
    Tweet me: @htgawp
    Rate and review me: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-get-away-with-parenting/id1084576130


     

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Episode 58 - How are we going to pay for college?

    Episode 58 - How are we going to pay for college?

    I don't even know where to begin when it come to saving up for my kid's college education. Should we try to save for all 4 years or just a set amount and supplement the rest with scholarships and grants? Is our kid doomed to a life of debt if she takes out loans? What if she doesn't even want to go to college? I asked Linda Stern, brilliant personal finance journalist, and one of my best friends' mom, all these questions and more. Lots of helpful tips that put mind at ease and even gave me a reason to maybe have a second kid.
     
    You can tweet Linda @lindastern
     
    Website me:  www.htgawp.com 
    Email me:  htgawppodcast@gmail.com 
    Tweet me: @htgawp
    Rate and review me: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-get-away-with-parenting/id1084576130

    • 46 min
    Episode 57 - Listener Questions!

    Episode 57 - Listener Questions!

    My husband and I answer some questions about trying to teach Lucy Spanish, parenting while tired, and what to do when your kid won't let you read to them. Lucy makes several appearances in this episode which highlights the fact that we're clearly not parenting experts.
     
    Show notes:
     
    Janet Lansbury links, again: podcast and audiobooks
    Here's the article I mention about raising a truly bilingual child: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/well/family/raising-a-truly-bilingual-child.html
     
    Website me:  www.htgawp.com 
    Email me:  htgawppodcast@gmail.com 
    Tweet me: @htgawp
    Rate and review me: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-get-away-with-parenting/id1084576130


     

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

La Nena Morena ,

Love this! Exactly what POC parents need!

So many podcasts share the experiences of parenting from a perspective that is neither cultural or diverse and This podcast is refreshing, fun, informative and funny! Thank you Malaika for bringing us HTGAWP! It's a must listen for POC parents.

Amy1284 ,

Great Podcast for New Parents

I learned about this podcast when Malaika was a guest on Your Parenting Mojo (another great podcast). She brings some much needed diversity to podcasting and parenting media. And she is such a comforting and relatable voice for new parents like myself. I'm so glad I found this podcast to keep me company when I'm up all hours of the night with my 5 month old!

MamaMangos ,

Thank you!!!

Thank you for this fun, educational, and enlightened podcast! I love and appreciate your honesty. I will soon have two under two so the advice is needed!!

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