Parenting during this current social climate & #45 ’s administration - how’s that going for you? This is something Quiana of @harlemlovebirds & I discuss frequently. We met last year at the @mom2summit conference & have been talking about this topic a lot since then. In fact, we feel so strongly about this convo we’re touching on it when we speak at @altsummit next month & hopefully Mom2 in May. For this week’s Sunday Series #fm_2018_voty Quiana gifts us her voice & thoughts + 5 strategies for raising resilient kids during this time, offering a host of resources, including books for kids & hope for the grown-ups raising them. Live on the blog now. 📸 @thirdeyechic #fostermomsblog
Quiana Agbai has been covering urban family life on her blog Harlem Lovebirds since 2009. A graduate of Wellesley College with 8 years of experience in the advertising industry, Quiana took a leap of faith to become a mompreneur launching Trifecta Media Group, a marketing, PR, and graphic design firm.
A certified Toastmaster, Quiana enjoys empowering her peers to pursue their passions and has appeared on TV One, ABC’s The Chew and The Dr. Oz show discussing her own passion of food and enjoys traveling and reading as well - when she gets the time away from her 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son! After nearly a 10 year hiatus, in 2016 Quiana and her family returned to #Boston where she and her husband first met when they were in college.
Kymmie is finally warming up to the girls! She and Phoenix have been playing all morning. Kymmie keeps coming over to the edge of the couch where the girls are playing and barking to get her attention 😍
Little Man's brain is a sponge. Among the things/words he learned this weekend: crescent moon, mechanic, Philips head, drill bit, and propellor. Not to mention he built (and took apart and rebuilt) 5 toy tractors, a toy crane, a tiny school bus, and the toy airplane in the picture. I guess you could say he enjoys using his hands and using tools 👷🏼👨🏼🔧👨🏼✈️
We went to the march in 2017. We wanted, for us & our children: to participate, to witness, be seen. We were inspired & energized & also felt that something was missing. My partner carried that momentum & her own questions into her teaching & reading & I dove deeper into a journey of understanding my relationship to my own whiteness, intersectional feminism, anti-racism work, and how to be a better parent. And then we spent the year largely drowning. Don’t get me wrong, there were many great moments. The galvanizing of our parenting ethos. Permanency for our daughter. Momentum in our family as 5. There were beach days & the shitty delicious beach food that came along with low-tide exploration followed by cementing a great learning environment for our boys & a seismic fall shift toward radically changing our diet & sleep. Birthdays, holidays & slow progress. In many ways the end of 2017 was a beginning for us. We spent the year reevaluating nearly everything, prioritizing & seeking balance. And reading. We’ve done a lot of reading. Discussing. Listening.. Taking action in our daily lives. We did not participate yesterday & are grateful to folks who showed up in numbers. Activism looks different for everyone & this is important to remember. In our home, in our love for each other & our devotion to the development of our family, 2017 taught us firmly that we cannot move forward without first finding strength in our own legs & that is what this work looks like for us right now. Lending our platform to promote, support & celebrate. Getting out there in ways which make sense for us as individuals & our family as we continue to gain strength as a unit. #womensmarch#familieslikemine#twomoms
I’ve seen photos like this online before, but it’s the first time I’ve ever experienced it so I had to post it myself because women’s bodies are freaking amazing! The milk I just pumped for Asher is so thick and yellow, almost like custard. My body knows he’s sick and is making the perfect medicine for him and altering the antibodies in my milk to heal him. It truly is awesome and it makes me want to take such good care of my body because it’s done some pretty incredible things and made some pretty incredible people. 💙
Nothing like legos to bring the kids together.
Finding common ground with anything in life is key. Not everything will be an exact fit 100% of the time. Find what works and what brings it together for you. We got this, you got this, I got this! 💕