147: Teaching Children How to Advocate for Themselves // Dr. Traci Baxley
YOU are your child’s most important teacher! Especially when it comes to teaching them self advocacy skills!
This back-to-school series is back again this year, as we discuss how to have important conversations with our kids that will set them up for success at school, work, and throughout life.
Our guest to kick-off the series is Dr. Traci Baxley who has been an educator for over 30 years with degrees in child development, elementary education, and curriculum and instruction. She specializes in belonging, diversity and inclusion, social justice education, race identity, anti-bias curriculum.
She is also the creator of Social Justice Parenting™, a parenting philosophy that moves families from fear-based parenting to parenting from a place of radical love, for themselves, their children and humanity.
On top of all of that, Dr. Baxley is a mother to five children, and she is passionate about teaching them how to courageously advocate for themselves and their unique needs.
Three Takeaways on How to Teach Your Children Self Advocacy Skills
Spend time getting to know your child and helping them reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.
Support children in articulating their needs by giving them a thorough understanding of their unique needs, whether those are diagnosed conditions that you want them to understand about themselves or simply just personality preferences and learning styles.
Teach children to brainstorm who could be on their support team or what resources might help them and write it out in advance.