bring more joy into complex conversations
More Joy Parenting offers child-centered, creative strategies for
spiritual growth, work-life integration, and social justice education
to transform families in unprecedented times — joyfully.
AS FEATURED IN
social justice education
IS DAILY EDUCATION
For busy caregivers who are raising conscious children and want to do the work of being anti-racist and proliberation, or those who want to provide a more holistic world-view in their approach to parenting, More Joy Parenting provides creative strategies to help parents weather tough conversations, unpack biases, and gain important perspective on raising their children in the 21st century.
We believe that...
Black Lives Matter.
Representation is vital.
Being vulnerable creates an opportunity for change.
More Joy Parenting is setting the stage for conscious caregivers to embody our mission: To envision the world we want to live in so that we can create the world around us.
how we work
FUN, PRACTICAL, OUTCOME-BASED COACHING THAT IS
ACCESSIBLE, SUPPORTIVE, AND LEADS TO ACTION
Have More Joy Parenting
work with your small group to facilitate deep talks, open space for vulnerability, and generate practical action plans for change individually and within the community.
Individually to talk through your parenting concerns, have open and honest dialogue on difficult subjects, and create a safe space to talk through what you can do today to strengthen your approach to anti-racist parenting.
More Joy Parenting provides resources to support an anti-racist, pro-liberation parenting philosophy. Search through our book recommendations & video resources all in one place!
I work with Marcella because she is warm, clear, joyful, and direct without being harsh, shaming, condescending, or challenging (she challenges ideologies, not people).
A MOTHER, SCHOLAR, AUTHOR, AND
SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATOR.
I am a parent. I am also an executive leader in higher education and an active member of my community. I am committed to anti-racist, pro-liberation parenting, as a white identified cis-gender woman, raising two young daughters who identify as Black and mixed in Western MA with my partner. I am also a friend, auntie, sister, daughter, niece, godparent, and aspiring scrapbooker and amateur photographer. I am a scholar and practitioner in the Social Justice Education community and have authored books, articles, and curriculum on popular culture, friendship, race, spirituality, and critical pedagogy. And because of these roles and experiences, I am passionate about sharing information and providing support. I founded More Joy Parenting for all of us, who are managing so much, and along with my team, we are offering workshops, resources, and coaching.
inspiring hope & increasing representation
Founded in March 2020, Dreamland with Aaliyah provides kid-curated bedtime stories designed to showcase children of color and uplift others in this collective moment we’re in. Through Dreamland, 10-year-old Aaliyah raises money to support a variety of organizations such as No Kid Hungry, which supports meals for children, and Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, in support of George Floyd and #BlackLivesMatter.
TO SUPPORT YOUR JOURNEY
UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race & Friendship,
edited by Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall, is a collection of essays written by women of multiple identities, reflecting on the impact of race, ethnicity, and friendship in the United States.
"Uncommon Bonds is a brave, thoughtful, complicated and honest exhamination of the challenges and rewards of building and sustaining authentic cross-race friendships."
--Lee Anne Bell, Professor Emerita, Barnard College
Uncommon Bonds is edited by Kersha Smith and
Marcella Runell Hall, foreword by Sonia Nieto