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Amber Cole is My Daughter

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 12.31.2011 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

That so many have -- and in the process downloaded and trafficked in illegal child pornography -- speaks volumes about how society thinks about Black girls. For that reason alone, Amber Cole is my daughter.

We Don't Spoil Our Children Anymore -- We Entitle Them

Richard Watts | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Richard Watts

How much is too much to give your children? Often, in assisting one's children, a parent dulls the character, integrity, work ethic, and socialization skills their children need to become responsible adults.

Being a Dad Rocks

Panama Jackson | Posted 06.17.2012 | Black Voices
Panama Jackson

Being a dad rocks. It's almost like children are hard-wired to know that you go to mom for the emotional support and you go to dad for the mayhem and amusement.

This is How We Do It

Kia Taylor | Posted 12.30.2011 | Black Voices
Kia Taylor

I'm a wife, mother of a toddler, full-time employee, runner and a CrossFitter. I'm also currently training for my first ultramarathon. Through it all, I still maintain that the majority of us can find the time to exercise if we have the desire and we are flexible. Here's how I do it.

Turning off the TV

Kuae Kelch Mattox | Posted 12.27.2011 | Black Voices
Kuae Kelch Mattox

Many parents seem hugely conflicted about whether to go cold turkey and draw a hard line. The dirty little secret in our house is that we allow our three children, ages 8, 11 and 14, to watch TV. But we've set some hard and firm rules for which they must abide.

Reaching African Children Through Fables and Animation

Atim Oton | Posted 12.25.2011 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

African culture is an oral culture but modernity has given us ways to document our stories and heritage. This is why I was so excited to see and share Arit's Fables, a series of animated African fables for children.

Surviving Halloween, Bedrest, and The Baby Registry

Staceyann Chin | Posted 12.24.2011 | Black Voices
Staceyann Chin

Weeks ago, I attempted the famed and necessary baby registry. Famed, because everyone tells me I need a registry and necessary, because no one can afford all the crap that these stores insist is supposed to be basic.

The Unexpected Joys of Fatherhood

Eric Payne | Posted 12.24.2011 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

Upon learning of the inevitable arrival of a child into my life, I was faced with having to give up that which I considered priceless: my time. Now that I'm a father with some years on me, I can barely remember what I was doing with all the time I had as a single, kid-free man.

My Baby is Resilient. What About Me?

A.Z. Herron | Posted 12.20.2011 | Black Voices
A.Z. Herron

Will I have the same energy, drive and interest in my work? Is my baby going to miss me? These are just a few of the questions racing through my head as I prepare to return to what was once second nature -- work.

Making a Dad: Two Parts Old School, Two Parts New

Lamar Tyler | Posted 12.19.2011 | Black Voices
Lamar Tyler

Recently, while thinking of my own grandfather, I began to wonder, what if you could take the best parts of an old school dad and merge them with the best parts of a new school dad.

Good Dad, Good Man

Eric Payne | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

The days of "Do as I say and not as I do" are over. Today's kids, who are always-on, are tech-savvy and have 24/7 Internet access to information which they can use to dispute you.

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

Marisa Moore | Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

We could debate why childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years but that won't do much to reverse the trend. Here are some ways to ward off childhood obesity starting with your own home today.

Pretty Girl Rock

Michael W. Waters | Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Our daughter has grown to become a determined, strong-minded, opinionated, confident, ultra-cute little girl. She is a fighter, and undoubtedly, she has needed every ounce of fight within her to make it this far.