Mamaspeak

Hear our crew of blogging Mamas talk about their journeys through parenting, womanhood, motherhood and parenting relationships.  They’ll bring “the real”, and we hope you will, too.


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MamaSpeak:  Can You Be a Co-Parent if You’re not Co-Parenting?

MamaSpeak: Can You Be a Co-Parent if You’re not Co-Parenting?

By Talibah Mbonisi

I can’t count the number of times a frustrated parent has lamented to me, “You can’t be a co-parent, if the other parent won’t.”  Yeah.  I feel you.  And, really, I get it.  It’s a reasonable perspective. But, it’s only one perspective. There’s another that asserts that who you are and what you do doesn’t have to be contingent upon what anyone else is doing or being. Yeah, maybe... read more »

MamaSpeak: Co-Parenting is the New Black History Celebration

MamaSpeak: Co-Parenting is the New Black History Celebration

By Talibah Mbonisi

As the daughter of a Black Studies pioneer and a history major, myself, the study of Black history has always been an integral part of my life.  It was all around me, on the bookshelves of my parents’ home, in the framed art on their walls, in the lessons my father taught to college students.  It just was.  No special month required.  So, despite the identity crises resulting from being raised... read more »

MamaSpeak:  Co-Parenting and Grief–On Losing Love and Finding Yourself

MamaSpeak: Co-Parenting and Grief–On Losing Love and Finding Yourself

By Alexandra Vanegas

I recently heard a phenomenal sermon relating to grieving. The sermon focused on getting through and past the 3 stages of grieving. They are: Numbness Disorganization Reorganization The first step, numbness is a state of severe shock and denial of the death. Life and everything in it seems unreal, like you are living a dream. A really bad dream. You may distance yourself from people and life and... read more »

MamaSpeak: The Non-Custodial Other

MamaSpeak: The Non-Custodial Other

By April Gabrielle

One of the most challenging situations confronting single parents is that of visitation and interacting with the courts.  In The Myth of the Broken Home – Guidebook for Single Parents, one of the most delicate chapters for me to speak on is “The Non-Custodial Other” as it stirs up many emotions for me. During this time, my daughter, Tamara, was about five years old, I was coming out of a domestic... read more »

MamaSpeak: Is Co-Parenting Really Worth All the Effort?

MamaSpeak: Is Co-Parenting Really Worth All the Effort?

By Alexandra Vanegas

I had never heard of co-parenting until I was smack in the middle of it. Many different reasons lead to my daughter’s father and I ending our relationship. For a while after our relationship ended, I still acted like we were together. Assuming he would be as involved as when we were together. Assuming I could just go over and hang out at his house. Assuming that the feelings he had for me were still... read more »

MamaSpeak: So What if I’m not a Celebrity Single Mom

MamaSpeak: So What if I’m not a Celebrity Single Mom

By Alexandra Vanegas

I have to admit, I’m a bit obsessed with celebrity gossip. I browse through gossip magazines while I’m waiting in line at the grocery store, and I follow some gossip sites online. One of the things I’ve noticed is the trend of glamorizing celebrity single moms. I find this mind blowing, because regular single moms like myself don’t get the same treatment day to day. From Sandra Bullock to... read more »