We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyshia Ingram and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tyshia, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is simply give my children the space to be. I used to have such a strict and singular view of how parenting and childhood “should” be–coming from my own upbringing–that didn’t leave much room for anything outside of what was deemed by others as “right”. Through my own healing, I’ve come to a beautiful understanding that my children are truly their own individual, unique, beings with their own thoughts and feelings. And I’ve come to know that those things are valid and they should have the space to express and define themselves as well.

Most of my friends and family grew up in environments where children weren’t allowed to have feelings, let alone a voice. “Because they’re children.” Speaking up for ourselves or something we believed or didn’t believe wasn’t accepted. Most of us grew up trying to fit in and to check the boxes, often losing ourselves in the process. I know firsthand how detrimental that can be, during childhood and into adulthood as well, and once I became aware of that, I refused to have my children participate in the same cycles.

As a parent now, I’m super mindful and intentional with my words and actions. I try to use positive, affirming language as much as I can. I parent less from a space of control and direction and instead from collaboration, guidance, and support. It’s definitely been a journey, but every day I can see the amazing impact on my children. They’re confident, curious, and creative. They honestly teach me as much as I teach them!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m the founder of Liberated Young. An educational freedom initiative that creates culturally affirming learning products, content, and resources for Black children and families. I’m also a writer, mainly writing about mindful parenting, homeschool, and liberation. That’s basically how my company began. I was homeschooling my children and writing about it, specifically its potential and possibility for Black children along with consulting with parents. A few pieces I wrote at the beginning of the pandemic were really impactful and I wanted to find a way that I could reach more families, not just from the homeschooling space, but really from a educational lens that was empowering and affirming for our children.

Earlier this year we launched our first learning product, the ABC Affirmations Flash Cards, and things have been a whirlwind since then. They are alphabet flash cards that feature beautiful Black illustrations and affirmations that speak life and empower our children. Coming from a writing background, launching a product that was immediately successful in the way the ABC Affirmations were was definitely a learning process. Products are a whole different thing than essays and blog posts. The biggest challenge has been keeping our products in stock (good problems to have!) and running everything with a small team. I’m working on our next product, along with marketing, admin, social media, etc. I’m learning how to delegate and detach, which is really hard, but part of the process.

But what I’m most proud of is the village we’re cultivating. I think we have some of the most amazing supporters and I’m constantly amazed and inspired by them. From their videos, photos, stories, shares, and even recommendations, they are everything. It truly means the world to me to see our products reaching and resonating with so many children and families. That is the dream work!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Philadelphia. My parents were born and raised here, and I grew up in the suburbs just outside the city until I went to Temple University and I’ve lived in different areas in the city since. What I love most about Philly is you have the energy and lifestyle of a big city, with these little pockets of communities and an abundance of nature. It’s pretty dope.

I’m an introvert so I can’t give you the good social spots or nightlife recommendations, but you can definitely find me at a Black-owned bookstore, shop, or restaurant. Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown and Uncle Bobbie’s in Germantown are two bookstores I’d definitely recommend for the culture, vibes, and reads. And if you want to do a little shopping, Marsh + Mane is a gorgeous Black-owned beauty supply store for all your hair and skincare needs and Fason De Viv in the Fashion District has the accessories and statement pieces. For drinks you should slide through Wine Garden and then Bookers for dinner in West Philly. And if you’re into museums, I’d definitely visit the African American Museum before you leave too!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, my partner in business and life Joseph “Liquidelphia” Ingram, has always been my biggest supporter. For the past decade he has supported all of my deeply passionate ambitions (and there’s been a few!), always jumping in and handling things wherever needed whether in our respective businesses or at home with our children. But beyond that, he’s always believed in me. When I first decided to leave my job and start my own business he was the one reminding me of what I was capable of, especially on the hard days. He also reminded me that with or without a creative degree I was a writer and that my work and words were important. He’s been such an inspiration to me. The kind of person that LIVES life to the fullest and isn’t scared to go after his wildest dreams. I’ve witnessed him accomplish so many amazing things and know we have so much more ahead together!

Website: https://www.liberatedyoung.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liberatedyoung

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tyshia_shante

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liberatedyoung

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