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The Top Knot Squad

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A podcast about motherhood IRL. 2 mompreneuer friends keepin it real AF. With Naya Weber and Alexis Edwards.


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Parenting School-Aged Kids
On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about Parenting School Age Children. Between the ages of 5 and 12, children expand their horizons and spend more time away from their parents. It can be tough to see your child go from baby to child – going to school, making friends, and learning more about the world. It’s an exciting time in your child’s development, but can also come with a multitude of stressors as both you and your child learn to navigate new systems, routines, and relationships, not to mention concerns about inclusion, bullying, violence, sex ed, and more. We are thrilled to have Dr. Eboni Lunsford Calbow join us for today's conversation and hopefully provide us with some tips and tricks on surviving the journey through the school years. Eboni Lunsford Calbow, LCSW, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research and teaching interests include school social work, trauma informed care and intervention, educational equity and social justice, multidisciplinary and collaborative practice, and evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities. Prior to teaching full time at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Calbow was a school social worker for almost a decade, working with over twenty school campuses in Austin ISD. She has experience working with children and adolescents ages 3-22 and is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. Her professional practice covered topics like trauma informed intervention, culturally responsive practice, drop-out prevention, sociocultural influences on academic progress, school ethics, crisis and critical incidents, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and suicide prevention and intervention. Resources: Eboni's practice: Eboni on IG:
 Implicit Bias
On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about bias. Bias penetrates all aspects of our lives, from workplace bias to bias in mainstream media to bias in education. TKS has focused on maternal mortality in a previous episode this season, but today we’ll be looking at one of the many factors that impact the high rates seen in the US: bias, specifically bias in birth. This encompasses racial biases, biases based on sexual orientation, and beyond, all impacting marginalized communities already at risk for negative birth outcomes. Our guest today is Jennifer Sarduy, mama, activist, and founder of Re+Birth Equity Alliance.  Jen is a community organizer with several organizations, working to hold space and encourage accountability with issues that affect her community. Primarily, she works with Re+Birth Equity Alliance, an organization she co-founded to address disconnection within birth justice. Within Re+Birth Equity she helps to organize mobile mental health clinics and community based adult sex ed conversations. She travels regularly for Re+Birth Equity to train birth and family workers on implicit bias management and systemic racism in birth. She also is involved with a local harm reduction non-profit, working to ensure that people who use drugs are safer and better understood in Fort Worth.  In her free time she enjoys making fish faces at the fish in her aquarium in order to seem more relatable, and making up elaborate excuses to avoid school fundraisers.    Resources: Re+Birth Equity Alliance
Partnering and Parenting
  On this episode of the Top Knot Squad, we will be talking about partnering and parenting at the same time and how the eff to keep our relationship healthy. Big things happen to a partnership when you decide to add children to the mix and while parenthood is an exciting time for a couple, it is also guaranteed to bring about some level of stress or strain on the relationship. Today we hope to dive in to everything from communication, mental load, not hating each other, and overall learn a bit more about how to parent without losing touch with your partner. We are thrilled to have our friend and colleague, Genevieve Saenz joining us for this conversation.  About our guest:  Genevieve Saenz, MA, LMFT-Associate (she/her) is both a very silly and a very serious person, who loves gardening, art supplies, ghost stories, and her wild wonderful family. Genevieve created her private practice, PassageWay Arts, in 2013. As a celebrant and therapist, she uses compassionate counseling, the creative arts, and sacred ceremony to create consciousness and ease the pain of change.    Resources: - Genevieve’s practice, Passageway Arts - Partners in Parenting Austin- Gottman Institute’s Bringing Home Baby Workshops - “Making Marriage Work” lecture by Dr. John Gottman

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    Apr 15th, 2018
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    Nov 6th, 2019
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