Real Families

happy_family_original_artimgLet the statistics tell it, the prospects for children whose parents live apart can be pretty bleak.  

But, despite what the analysts tell us, we are not numbers and the quality of our lives is not determined by statistics.  And, all across the country, and even across the globe, African-American parents are finding ways to build thriving parenting partnerships for the sake of their children.  

Our Real Families column highlights those families and gives us all a chance to learn from their experiences, to consider their strategies for success and  to celebrate their victories. 


Recent Articles
Real Families:  Meet My Co-Parent, Part 4

Real Families: Meet My Co-Parent, Part 4

By Talibah Mbonisi

This is the final installment of a 4-part interview with my very own co-parent, Ed Banuel.  In Part 1, he talked about how we became co-parents, how having an absent father impacted him and our challenges as co-parents.  In Part 2, he shared his thoughts about growing as a father and dating as a single, co-parenting dad.  In Part 3, he talks about me and our co-parenting relationship.  And,... read more »

Real Families:  Meet My Co-Parent, Part 3

Real Families: Meet My Co-Parent, Part 3

By Talibah Mbonisi

This is Part 3 of a 4-part interview with my very own co-parent, Ed Banuel.  In Part 1, he talked about how we became co-parents, how having an absent father impacted him and our challenges as co-parents.  In Part 2, he shared his thoughts about growing as a father and dating as a single, co-parenting dad.  And, in this third installment, he talks about me… Talibah: So where would you... read more »

Real Families:  Meet My Co-Parent, Part 2

Real Families: Meet My Co-Parent, Part 2

By Talibah Mbonisi

This is Part 2 of a 4-part interview with my very own co-parent, Ed Banuel.  In Part 1, he talked about how we became co-parents, how having an absent father impacted him and our challenges as co-parents.  In this second installment, he talks about growing as a father and dating as a single, co-parenting dad. Talibah: Let’s talk about you as a dad. Where have you stumbled, and how did that... read more »

Real Families:  Meet My Co-Parent, Part I

Real Families: Meet My Co-Parent, Part I

By Talibah Mbonisi

I am thrilled to be featuring my son’s father and my co-parent, right here in our “Real Families” column.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him about our co-parenting relationship, his experience as a father who is co-parenting and anything else he thought would be relevant to our readers.  Turns out that he had a lot to say, so this is Part I of a four-part series. WeParent... read more »

Real Families–“This is how I was raised”: Olivia’s Co-Parenting Story

Real Families–“This is how I was raised”: Olivia’s Co-Parenting Story

By Deesha Philyaw

This interview is cross-posted from one of our fave co-parenting sites, CoParenting101, home of WeParent expert panelist Deesha Philyaw.   Here’s what Deesha has to say about her chat with co-parenting mom, Olivia, and an excerpt from the interview: I (Deesha) met Olivia about four years ago, through a mutual friend.  I knew this bright, witty woman was a mom, but only just this past month... read more »

Real Families:  Learn Co-Parenting 101 from Deesha Philyaw

Real Families: Learn Co-Parenting 101 from Deesha Philyaw

By WeParent

Deesha Philyaw and Mike Thomas have been described as poster children for co-parenting.  Fortunately for the rest of us, these parenting partners aren’t being stingy with the lessons they’ve learned along their journey through divorce into co-parenting.  Motivated by the urging of those who saw their effective brand of together-parenting, the two share insights and advice through their blog,... read more »