Parenting Coaching

All you need is space for mad question askin’ and introductions to some tools and resources for disrupting your problematic parenting habits. I offer parenting coaching sessions for adults in the process of developing and gaining confidence in child-trusting, anti-oppressive, love-centered relationships with children. This is not merely about educational choices, but about liberatory relationships, and about healing from trauma turned parenting style.

I’ve called these coaching sessions Voice Lessons as a reminder that the work is always about tuning into a voice that is uniquely within your range. The walk in each session is toward your confident attunement and trust-based approach to the subtle, shifting needs of the children in your life, as well as your own needs.

You can choose from these options:

Impromptu Phone Session. Pay here to book this, then you’ll get an email from me with a link to schedule yourself on my calendar for a date within three days of your booking. These phone calls are $100 for 60 minutes.

Pair Phone Session. This is for couples, co-parents, co-facilitators, or any pair who agrees to do a Voice Lesson session together. Pay here to book this, then you’ll get an email from me with a link to schedule yourself on my calendar for a date within three days of your booking. These phone calls are $175 for 60 minutes.

A Witness and Workshop Live Session. This is to bring me to your *community for a set number of days (3 to 7) to observe and engage with your group several times throughout my stay. Toward the end of my stay, I’ll offer a workshop where we’ll take a few hours to work toward awareness of and solutions for the issues of privilege and power in your particular community dynamic. These sessions are $1,200 per day, plus travel, and private accommodations. Pay here to book the first day. I will email you to schedule phone meetings for us to plan it out.

*Community can mean your co-operative, your SDE school, center, or space, your Homeschooling collective meant to be inclusive and useful to unschooling families, or your grade school, college, or university looking beyond coercive curricula and into the reality of dynamic, trust-based, confident autonomy in your approach to learners and learning.

Cancel no later than 24 hours prior to our scheduled date, please. Full refund available within 24 hours of booking.


We can’t keep using tools of oppression and expect to raise free people!

I’m a resource, not a guru, and certainly not an expert on your child. Like you, I have your child’s emotional wellness in mind, and since I stand outside your family looking in, I can often see strategies and sore spots that you won’t see. With those insights, my support will look like conversations and suggestions for you to steer your actions in the direction of your beliefs, not your fears or your history. Your instincts and listening skills will improve, if you’re up for being honest and consistent. You will practice this partnership-centered parenting in ways that align with the type of feeling and focus you want your home to have. When you and I partner in these sessions, we’re developing and practicing language and strategies for a thriving household where communication and confident autonomy are priorities.

Akilah S. Richards

As an unschooling speaker, my goal is to offer resources and community where people feel free and supported as we form and embrace our own identities. I amplify and connect the voices of people and communities pushing back against normalized institutional racism, and participate in creating and broadening the spaces where we can thrive as ourselves—whether mainstream society understands us or not. Previous keynotes include AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization) 2017 Conference at LIU Post, The Black Women’s Life Balance & Wellness Conference at Spelman College, and Jamaica’s first Young Motherhood Wellness conference at the historic Devon House in Kingston. I’ve facilitated interactive workshops and discussions at writing intensives, wellness retreats, webinars, and self-directed learning communities throughout the U.S., in Johannesburg, South Africa, and across my home island, Jamaica. I’ve appeared on NBC TV, NPR, CBC Radio, and in several print publications. I also write things for, and share things with, interesting people and publications, including Mater Mea, My Brown Baby, Mutha Magazine, and Tipping Points, the online magazine by The Alliance for Self-Directed Education.

BIO • Akilah S. Richards is an unschooling podcaster, writer, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work both challenges and encourages social justice minded people to explore privilege and power in their relationships with children. In her own family, Akilah, her partner, and their two daughters, use unschooling as a tool for decolonizing education and liberating themselves from oppressive, exclusive systems. Find her conversations and commentary at Fare of the Free Child Podcast where Akilah supports, connects, and highlights people of color designing their own liberation through Self-Directed Education and love-centered community building.