We took a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday but we’re back!
On the 12th episode of Add Water and Stir, AdoptiveBlackMom and Mimi of ComplicatedMelodi (that’s me!) will explore the upsides and the downsides of parenting. We’ll share some of the taboos that we’ve encountered related to parenting and, specifically, parenting adoptive kids. We’ve bumped into all kinds of stuff out here in the blogosphere and in our various support networks related to adoption. We’ll also share about some of our top parenting trials and triumphs.
Join us this Thursday night, December 4, at 9pm CST/10pm EST as we discuss what we’ve learned during our first year as adoptive parents. As usual we’ll Wine Down with some pop culture and reality tv.
Check out the latest episode of the Add Water and Stir podcast – Episode 009: Old Holidays, New Traditions. In this episode, we discuss our perceived challenges in being Black, middle class, adoptive parents.
Every family has traditions and rituals that provide a rich source of family values and shared memories. These rituals are particularly important for adoptive families as they help to give children a sense of belonging, family unity, predictability and security. However, developing traditions that incorporate everyone’s expectations can be challenging, particularly when considering older child or multi-cultural adoptions.
Join ComplicatedMelodi’s Mimi and AdoptiveBlackMom’s ABM as we chat about our thoughts on creating new traditions with our families and our plans to celebrate the holidays. Of course, we will have the Wine Down with some interesting pop culture observations and offer our recommendations.
Note: Schedule Change for this week! Instead of Thursday, catch us live on Google+ on Sunday, October 19 at 6:00pm CST/7:00pm EST. If you can’t make it, you can always watch the rerun on our Google+ page, Youtube or download the podcast from iTunes or Stitcher.
“Ohhhhh man! Back in the day, my mom whooped me with an extension cord!”
If you’ve ever hung out on “Black” social media, surely you’ve come across such a #ThrowBackThursday kind of post. Not only has corporal punishment long been a form of discipline within the Black community (and other groups too), but there is often a certain amount of pride in having endured and thrived under the lash of a good spanking/whooping/beating.
On this week’s Add Water and Stir podcast ComplicatedMelodi’s Mimi and AdoptiveBlackMom will talk about discipline, communities of color and adoption. Adoption often involves significant loss and trauma, requiring patient, therapeutic parenting. Mimi and I will talk about how all this jives together in the face of family and friends who fondly reminisce and declare if it was good enough for them, then corporal punishment is good enough for the kids.
Of course, we’ll have our regular Wine Down session and offer our recommendations!
The Add Water and Stir is Officially Official! We are on iTunes and Stitcher, the major podcasting venues! Our podcasts are informative, funny, serious, ratchet and everything in between. Be prepared to get the real deal on foster care and adoption, our personal triumphs and failures and then Wine Down with us and our love of reality television. We love our children and how we chose to grow our family but are real honest about how adding a child to your life through foster care/adoption is not as easy as “Add Water and Stir.” Subscribe and Follow Us at any (or all of these places): Google+, YouTube, iTunes, or Stitcher.
Episode 6: What’s Going On?
ComplicatedMelodi (Mimi) and AdoptiveBlackMom discuss what keeps them awake at night while raising children of color, in the wake of the death of Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO. They chat about what survival skills must be taught and the role of privilege in shaping the racial experience of parents and kids. The Wine Down focuses on Love and Hip Hop and Married at First Sight.
It’s time again! Join Complicated Melodi’s Mimi and ABM from AdoptiveBlackMom as we talk about current events, raising children of color, power and privilege, and their fears, hopes and dreams for their kiddos. Recent events like, but not limited to, the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO, should give all […]
Join ABM and Mimi as they discuss ALL the feelings on the next Add Water and Stir podcast with ABM and Mimi, this Thursday, August 7th at 10pm EDT/9pm CDT on Google Hangout! We’re going to be the process of matching at our respective agencies, what things we consider and how we feel when we felt when a placement wasn’t right for us.
Join ABM and Mimi as they discuss ALL the feelings on the next Add Water and Stir podcast with ABM and Mimi, this Thursday, July 24th at 10pm EDT/9pm CDT on Google Hangout! We’re going to be discussing self-care and the case of Debra Harrell, the woman who was arrested and her child taken into CPS custody after letting her child go to the park unsupervised. We may also throw in a bit of ratchet culture for good measure.