Responding to racism and the stigma of single parenting

Runtime 00:35:58
Released 1/7/24
Emerging Minds Families
Emerging Minds Families
Responding to racism and the stigma of single parenting

When our families experience discrimination, racism or injustice, it can be hard to know how to respond.  

But there are many ways that families can and do respond to such stigma to hold onto their dignity and support their children’s wellbeing. 

In this episode, host Nadia Rossi talks with Wei about how the stigma of single parenting has impacted her and her children’s lives. Born in China and living in Australia, Wei also describes the racism and discrimination they have faced, and how she navigates and supports her family through it all. 

This podcast is part of a series in which we explore some of the ways that families respond to racism and stigma. We hope you might connect with some of the stories and skills you’ll hear, or maybe they will spark some new ideas for how your own family can respond.

Content warning: This podcast discusses the theme of racism. If listening to this podcast brings up any difficult feelings for you, please seek help from your mental health professional or one of these crisis or support services.

In this episode you will hear:

  • Wei talk about her experience of stigma and how it has shaped her role as a parent [12:06]
  • Wei share how she supports her children when they experience stigma, racism and discrimination [16:53]
  • Wei offer suggestions on how you can support someone who is experiencing stigma or discrimination [29:27]
  • How Wei stops stigma from turning into shame in herself and her children [31:08]

Further information and resources:

Struggling with money and racism at the same time

Families responding to racism

Striving to be an ally to families experiencing racism

All Money, housing and health resources

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