Parenting Black and Brown Children in a White World with Shanera Williamson

Parenting is hard for everyone. Raising brown children in a white world adds a layer of complexity to the task…

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How do we parent black and brown children in today’s culture? How do we parent them in a way that edifies and empowers them in their identity? Today, Neal is having an open and vulnerable conversation with Shanera Williamson, host of the Brown Mama Bear Podcast, and someone who believes all children deserve to grow up in a world where they are seen, celebrated, and given the tools to succeed. Neal and Shanera talk about affirming our children in who they are, acknowledging the biggest challenges for parents of black and brown children, and what happens when we all show up without hiding who we are.

What does this have to do with emotional wellness? Everything. One of the biggest pillars of emotional health is having healthy self-esteem and identity. Our culture and race are a huge part of that.

This conversation was so good. We know you’ll get a lot out of it!

Guest Bio

Shanera Williamson is the host of the Brown Mama Bear Podcast, a place for parents to get the support, inspiration, and input they need to raise kids who are comfortable in their skin and can passionately leave their mark on society. Shanera and her husband, Jim, met at Howard University and have been married for 27 years. Together they have three adult daughters: Kayla (24), Lauren (22), and Nia (20).

Key Takeaways

  • Start talking about race early and often.
  • “As you’re parenting, you are parenting from your lens and experience, but that’s different than what they will experience. You’re parenting a generation you were never part of.”
  • There are times we need to accept we don’t live in a perfect world. But there are also times we need to step up in our broken world.
  • At home, affirming our child’s identity is the first step.
  • Too often, children feel like they have to undermine their heritage in order to fit in.
  • “It was an ‘othering’ of me that made me feel horrible about being black.”
  • “Because God doesn’t make a mistake, you are not a mistake.”
  • “If we don’t show up in the world as we fully are, we’re all missing something.”
  • “You don’t protect your children by being silent. You protect them by talking about it.”

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