In a weekly Zoom hangout series called Moms’ Night In, experts answer your questions about navigating life during a global pandemic. Here’s a recap of our latest one:
It’s been a long week—not to mention the 400 years before it.
Black parents are reeling from the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, and the Black Lives Matter uprisings being met with brutal police violence.
Parenting through racism is nothing new—we’ve done it as a community for centuries. But acknowledging the psychic and mental health toll of racism is.
This week we talked more about how to address stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns with licensed marriage and family therapists Deitra Baker (@theteachingwife on Instagram) and Brittani Strozier (@groundedhues) to hold space for Black moms who have questions about getting the mental health support they need right now, and for all of us to get loved on and love on each other.
We talked to Deitra and Brittani about:
- how to use self-care to process racial trauma;
- how we have to process our trauma first as we provide support for our kids;
- how to address screen time and the lack of diversity in children’s programming and apps;
- navigating pregnancy while feeling anxious about COVID and systemic racism;
- the importance of finding a therapist you trust;
- and more.
Watch below and sign up for an upcoming Moms’ Night In event here!
(Note: There are moments where the video freezes—press your arrow keys to fast forward a few seconds to when the video picks back up.)
Resources Mentioned In This Video
Trigger Warning: Gun Safety for a Brown Boy
Representation Matters: 35 Black Kids TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now
How Black Moms Can Have an Empowered Birth During Coronavirus
How To Start Healing Yourself After Giving Birth
Ashe Birthing Services (NYC)
Facebook Group For New/Expecting Moms
Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
Psychology Today (Find a Therapist)
Tech Ladies (Facebook Group and Website)
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