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The award-winning publication, Successful Black Parenting™ is not about skin color, but is about cultural differences. We recognize the importance of Black children internationally seeing themselves on the covers and in the pages of magazines to empower them toward a successful future.

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Successful Black Parenting, the first national print magazine for Black parents was established in 1993 in Philadelphia by its founders, Janice Robinson-Celeste, MBA and Marta Sánchez, Ph.D.  They relaunched the publication online internationally in 2017 and are now located in Los Angeles.

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As we begin to open up America, parents are rightfully worried about the safety of their children and the prevention of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The World Health Organization (WHO) has guidelines for administrators, teachers, and parents on what to do once school returns but the question we all have is if the suggestions are practical?Experts know that the coronavirus will be with us well throughout the fall and winter […]

COVID-19 & The Return To School

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COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, is having an impact globally. In early March, COVID-19 was officially identified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although much remains to be known about the virus, many countries including the United States have begun to take drastic precautions as a way to reduce the rates […]

Mental Health, Coronavirus & Social Distancing: What Parents Should Know

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Depending on the age of your child, they know by now that something is going on in the world because they aren’t going to school or playing with their friends. One of the best ways to help children alleviate fear is to tell them what is happening in the world. But how can you explain […]

What To Tell Your Children About The Coronavirus

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Parents-to-be all across the country are finding out that dads might be banned from the labor and delivery room during the COVID-19 pandemic, also referred to as the novel coronavirus. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, in many cities, dads are not allowed. Pregnant moms who are due […]

What To Expect When Delivering A Baby During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Your children are paying attention. Our children’s worlds have been changed forever and a scar is being formed on their psyche that will resonate throughout their entire life. Depending on your children’s ages, they know something scary is happening and we as their parents have to acknowledge their feelings. It’s heartbreaking. Parents want their children […]

Talking Tips For Black Parents Discussing The Riots

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Encourage your sassy children to become prosecutors, public defenders, and judges because the sassy children are the ones who are usually the quick-thinkers. You know that child who can debate with you to a point that you can’t deny them or the one that finds flaws in your argument that you can’t qualify? Those children have the potential to see through […]

Encourage Sassy Children To Become Judges

This year may not have started out as well as we all hoped for and we may be limited in what we can or cannot do. While you’re stuck indoors for most of 2020, this is your chance to catch up on some reading and Successful Black Parenting has the newest parenting book releases for […]

New Black Parenting Books For 2020

COVID-19 has changed the face of the world. People have had to get used to homeschooling their children, not working in the traditional way and being unable to travel extensively. However, that’s not all that’s been affected.The global pandemic has caused financial hardships for families across the world. This is why so many people are […]

How to Save Money During The Pandemic: 5 Tips You Can Use

I am a parent and an assistant professor who teaches an introductory course about humanitarian crises and children, Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE). What we are experiencing with COVID-19 is a humanitarian crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an abrupt shift in the “normal day” and has brought challenges to all of us. In times […]

Black American Parenting During the COVID-19 Crisis

If you don’t have it already, you need to set up a COVID-19 Family Quarantine Kit next to your front door. Ours contains hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, alcohol spray, and antibacterial wipes. Below are some products from Black-owned businesses (and they have them in-stock) to help you stock up for the first and second wave of the novel coronavirus.

Make Your COVID-19 Black-Owned Family Quarantine Kit

As we begin to open up America, parents are rightfully worried about the safety of their children and the prevention of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The World Health Organization (WHO) has guidelines for administrators, teachers, and parents on what to do once school returns but the question we all have is if the suggestions are practical?Experts know that the coronavirus will be with us well throughout the fall and winter […]

COVID-19 & The Return To School

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Whether you’re homeschooling or just keeping your children on quarantine until the pandemic is resolved, you need to keep your children busy and interested in learning but it needs to be fun. Compass Charter Schools put together a comprehensive list of free or almost free virtual enrichment resources for children that we have permission to […]

Free In-Home Activities To Keep Kids Busy And Learning

Keeping children quiet during this COVID-19 quarantine seems like a hope and a prayer but it is possible. Children need periods of peace, whether they resist or not, especially when homeschooling or reading. Our resident preschooler, Mackie loves the Teepee Play Tent by Delta. There are a few designs to choose from including a geometric […]

Quarantine Quiet Places For Kids – Teepee

COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, is having an impact globally. In early March, COVID-19 was officially identified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although much remains to be known about the virus, many countries including the United States have begun to take drastic precautions as a way to reduce the rates […]

Mental Health, Coronavirus & Social Distancing: What Parents Should Know

What unprecedented and unpredictable moments we are living in. Perhaps fear of loss of control, safety, and family have been swirling around your mind. You may have many burning questions as you attempt to continue on with life as you’ve known it. I am here to let you know, it’s okay to feel, it’s okay […]

How to Build Resilience in Your Children during the COVID-19 Crisis

Depending on the age of your child, they know by now that something is going on in the world because they aren’t going to school or playing with their friends. One of the best ways to help children alleviate fear is to tell them what is happening in the world. But how can you explain […]

What To Tell Your Children About The Coronavirus

Parents-to-be all across the country are finding out that dads might be banned from the labor and delivery room during the COVID-19 pandemic, also referred to as the novel coronavirus. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, in many cities, dads are not allowed. Pregnant moms who are due […]

What To Expect When Delivering A Baby During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

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This blog will demonstrate three strategies for parents to manage their own race-related stress and link how practicing these strategies influences the development of healthy coping styles in children. There will be a brief definition of race-related stress and why it is important to address and manage. Racism-related Stress in the Black CommunityRacism-related stress is […]

Parents, Managing Your Own Racial Stress Teaches Your Kids Healthy Coping

There is no doubt that when the tragedy of Kobe Bryant’s death along with his daughter and friends happened, parents everywhere hugged their children a little tighter. I used to worry about the fact that I had my daughter after age 40. I asked myself if I was being selfish. Like, why would I take […]

The Kobe Effect: Life Is Not Promised From A 40+ Mom

Teen suicide rates among Black youth are increasing. In 2016 and again in 2018, national data revealed that among children age 5-11, Black children had the highest rate of death by suicide. For the years 2008 to 2012, 59 Black youth died by suicide, up from 54 in the years 2003-2007. Also, the 2015 Centers for […]

Black Kids And Suicide: Why Are Rates So High, And So Ignored?

It is that time of year when we are all in our feelings and the spirit of giving is strong. This is the perfect time to nurture empathy in children. Empathy is a trait in modern society that many people seem to be lacking. Popular memes like, “I don’t know how to tell you that […]

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Caring is Sharing: Nurturing Empathy in Children

Did you know that if you read five books every night to your child from the day they are born, your child will be exposed to about 1.4 million words before entering Kindergarten?

8 Recommended Books For Toddlers

This article is part of the “Raising Resilient Kids” series – a partnership with the RESilience Initiative of the American Psychological Association. Each article features science-informed tips and resources for African American parents on how to build resilience in our kids.How do you feel when you read these quotes, especially if you are a Black […]

Building Up Our Brown Skin Girls: Why We Should Talk To Our Black Girls About Colorism

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This article is part of the “Raising Resilient Kids” series – a partnership with the RESilience Initiative of the American Psychological Association. Each article features science-informed tips and resources for African American parents on how to build resilience in our kids.People come to America from all over the world, bringing with them their cultures, traditions, […]

Immigrant Parents, American Children: Raising Black Children in a Home Away from Home

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Parents know that eye injuries can happen, well, in the blink of an eye. As an eye doctor, I’ve seen firsthand how an innocent toy or a simple walk to story time can result in an unexpected eye injury.

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As we begin to open up America, parents are rightfully worried about the safety of their children and the prevention of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The World Health Organization (WHO) has guidelines for administrators, teachers, and parents on what to do once school returns but the question we all have is if the suggestions are practical?Experts know that the coronavirus will be with us well throughout the fall and winter […]

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Handwashing has taken center stage as one of the most important activities that we can do to prevent Covid-19 and a host of other potential illnesses. Good handwashing practice can begin as soon as possible. When your child is a baby, we wash their hands for them. When they start walking, we can start teaching […]

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COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, is having an impact globally. In early March, COVID-19 was officially identified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although much remains to be known about the virus, many countries including the United States have begun to take drastic precautions as a way to reduce the rates […]

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What unprecedented and unpredictable moments we are living in. Perhaps fear of loss of control, safety, and family have been swirling around your mind. You may have many burning questions as you attempt to continue on with life as you’ve known it. I am here to let you know, it’s okay to feel, it’s okay […]

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Depending on the age of your child, they know by now that something is going on in the world because they aren’t going to school or playing with their friends. One of the best ways to help children alleviate fear is to tell them what is happening in the world. But how can you explain […]

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It’s flu season and here’s what you need to know to keep your child healthy and well. Our publisher and host, Janice Robinson-Celeste interviewed Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, a pediatric emergency medicine physician who works at a Children’s Hospital in Western Pennsylvania, which serves 80-100,000 children through their emergency department about the Novel Coronavirus and the flu. Stay well out there!

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Black doctor writes a book for his son to get interested in the field of medicine called, “Doc 2 Doc.” “I woke up one morning and wanted my kids to read a book about Black boys interested in something other than sports. I thought it’d be nice for them to read about kids interested in science & medicine.

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A 2015 NBC News poll revealed that 72% of African American parents feel that their kids will face more problems growing up than they did when they were children. Not much has changed.

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Contributed Post:How stressful is pregnancy?Expecting mothers and those who are trying to conceive know how difficult it can be to have a baby. Unfortunately, as pregnancy is often perceived as a natural – if not expected – period in the life of a woman, many are left blaming themselves for feeling inadequate when they struggle […]

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Most of us strive to raise a successful well-balanced child. This process becomes more complicated when the home environment is unstable or has the threat of not remaining stable, such as in a divorce or when a parent has cancer. My wife Cecelia and I were forced to deal with this situation while raising our […]

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by Janice Celeste Years ago, every urban neighborhood had a public swimming pool where children learned to swim. There were few swim classes but many of us learned by trial and error in the presence of trained lifeguards. Today, there are still a few public pools in urban neighborhoods but due to funding cutbacks too […]

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Contributed Post Parenting requires a lot of energy. When you’re suffering from chronic pain, it can be a struggle to give this energy, leading to stress and exhaustion, which only makes the pain worse. By learning to manage your pain and communicating with your kids, you may be able to make it easier to manage parenting […]

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Children have stress too and as parents, we can’t dismiss it just because they are children. Their stress comes in all sizes from anxiety about a test, to a bully at school and they may never tell you what they are going through. It’s all valid life stress, which teaches children coping skills. But what […]

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There is a good reason to wean your child off social media or to cut back on their screen time. It has been shown that a rise in depression among teens and young adults could be linked to social media use.We know that Black teens are online more than white teens. Being online more often […]

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moms clean air force

If I were granted “special mom powers” to give my fellow mothers everywhere three gifts to benefit the health and future of our children, my priorities would be simple. My first gift would be clean air for all. No child should struggle to breathe, and yet, too many Black children gasp for breath and suffer […]

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Allergy season is in full force and the super bloom has everyone suffering from hay fever, itching, and sneezing. It’s not very pleasant for children with pollen-triggered asthma either. This is the time of year where I have so many tissues in my pockets, I forget to remove them when I wash my laundry and […]

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May is Maternal Health Month and supermodel Chrissy Teigen is asking moms to share what they wish they would have known about postpartum depression on social media

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Black youth who live in predominantly white areas are prone to depression. The reason is that Black youth face racial discrimination in these areas.

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Pay attention. In the United States, television advertising of junk food, that is high in sugar, salt, and fat, targets almost exclusively Black [and Hispanic] children. The stereotype that Black people love sugar is fueling advertising agencies to spend millions of dollars to sell their products to your child. But it’s worse than that. Advertising agencies […]

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This is the real hook-up for all of our Black Sleeping Beauty princesses! I am so excited about discovering Pretty Pom. You’re going to love this store too! I have a feeling they will be sold out soon, so don’t wait to get your gear. And to make it even better, this company was started by a Black mom to help instill a sense of pride in her six-year-old daughter, who began questioning her skin color and hair.

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Let’s keep the games in the culture. This African Rubik’s cube is a perfect representation for kids and adults to keep it Afrocentric. Also available are the African Kente Cloth Rubik’s Cube, the African Art Rubik’s Cube, and the African Ethnic Rubik’s Cube. This site has a plethora of Afrocentric gear. Challenge your child to […]

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Everyone knows a mom that really just needs to chill out. Like they’re wired. Maybe that somebody is you! We all get burned out from time to time. How about, I’m giving this candle called, “Girl, You Need To Calm The F Down” to all of my mom-friends for Mother’s Day. And with all of […]

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Keeping children quiet during this COVID-19 quarantine seems like a hope and a prayer but it is possible. Children need periods of peace, whether they resist or not, especially when homeschooling or reading. Our resident preschooler, Mackie loves the Teepee Play Tent by Delta. There are a few designs to choose from including a geometric […]

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Here is one of the things we love — Kymberly Stewart’s soulful album for children is a hit with us! With selections like, “I Like To Sing My ABCs,” “I Am A Robot,” “Timmy The Turtle,” and more this upbeat and interactive album is great for young children and will be a lot of fun […]

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As the living room becomes study hall and social distancing grows mundane, TIDAL has a slate of kid-friendly playlists that can help make homeschooling engaging and fun. In between assignments and endless questions, kids can listen to Disney Hits, Kidz Bop Essentials, Reggae for Kids and more. Check out all of TIDAL’s Kid Playlists here which includes: Disney Pixar Hits – From Toy Story, […]

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matching family t-shirts

It may only be one time a year that everybody is able to get together but somehow everybody posing for a pic with the same t-shirt makes a memory that most just don’t forget.

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One of our favorite things going into the new year is the Hip Hop Diaper Bag with graffiti print. Dads often complain about carrying a diaper bag that looks like a diaper bag or moms complain that doctor bags don’t have enough style. The Hip Hop Diaper Bag has both style and function.

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Successful Black Parenting is proud to announce that we are bringing our readers more researched-based content written by the members of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) RESilience Initiative, which provides resources to parents and caregivers for promoting the strength, health, and well-being of children and youth of color. We will also feature their members who have contributed articles to Successful Black Parenting on our BackTalk podcast. Learn more about the RESilience Initiative at www.apa.org/res.

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