parentingpodcastSeason 4

Ep 123: Examining Our Respect Lens

By June 7, 2019 One Comment

Audio Producer

Juan P. Perez


Fatima Mookadam


Marley Richards

What does respect look like for Black folks when it comes to raising free people? Tebogo asked this question, and it took Kris and Akilah back to a recent experience with their daughters and disrespect. We’ll also hear from Maleka Diggs, Philly-based unschooling mama and equity organizer, on the perception of respect among communities, cultures, and intended safe spaces. This ended up being a Parenting Patois episode, because our topic is about respect, and the conversation led us to recognizing the value of shared meaning–co-created language and definitions–among children and adults. In this episode, Kris and Akilah dive into the particulars of emotions, boundaries, barriers, and expectations when it comes to identifying, understanding, and managing feelings of disrespect and authentic self-expression when it comes to parents and children, as well as among varying cultures in Self-Directed Education spaces.


Mad Question’ Askin:

How can we trust that freedom doesn’t mean disrespect?

What’s wrong with assuming that giving up fear and force means rebellion?

Is our demand for respect based on what we think we lack?


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  • Anjel Berry says:

    Great episode, family! I really enjoyed the recent episode on toxic whiteness with the whole family. It was so inspiring. I started this particular episode with my husband in the car (unfortunately we didnt get to finish the podcast together), but I think it’s really valuable to have Kris chime in on episodes sometimes to show other dads that this work of raising free people is all about partnership. Partnership of parents, and partnership of parents and children.

    I think for me the biggest of the mad question asking for me to contemplate is about the demand for respect in relationship to something we think we lack. Letting it marinate.

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