4 Black Parenting Blogs You Should Bookmark
Words: AdeOla Fadumiye
These top black parenting blogs showcase the challenges and joys of being a parent of color.
Parenting can be daunting, which is why parents on the quest for answers go where everyone else wanting answers to big questions go: the Internet. But for black mothers and fathers, there are a few parenting challenges that are unique to being people of color. While popular parenting websites may be able to answer common questions all parents have, you’re less likely to find answers to issues like how to talk to your child about race or where to find dolls that reflect your child’s beauty.
Below you'll find a list of the top four black parenting blogs you should be reading. These sites answer general questions and those specific to children and families of color while also showcasing their personal challenges and triumphs as parents. These mom blogs and parenting sites provide it all while spotlighting and creating a much-needed community for African-American moms and dads.
My Brown Baby
Denene Millner is a mother of three, a journalist, a New York Times bestselling author, and the founder and editor of My Brown Baby. My Brown Baby tackles pertinent issues that affect African-American families and children. Millner’s blog posts straddle the line between fun and serious, but are always bold and authentic. She explores the joys and challenges that come with raising black children (including those adopted transracially) in America, and advocates for the unheard voices of African-American parents and families.
My Brown Baby takes on topics of health, hair, nutrition, and popular culture with a focus on parenting as a black person. A no-nonsense blogger, Millner and her contributors’ observations are straight forward and right on target.
The Mocha Manual
Black mothers looking for advice on pregnancy and parenting looked to Kimberly Sears Allers for advice in her The Mocha Manual books. Sears Allers has since brought her knowledge online with The Mocha Manual website, full of provocative and thoughtful blog posts on motherhood from a black woman’s perspective. She’s also a well-known advocate for reducing racial disparities in breastfeeding rates (black women are less likely than any other race to breastfeed).
Mommy Talk Show
Bringing in her talent as an Emmy-award winning television reporter, Joyce Brewer's blog posts and talk shows deliver relevant news and information for parents. A former television anchor turned stay-at-home mom of one, Brewer uses Mommy Talk Show to report on current events, latest trends, and product reviews for parents. Her high-quality content is useful and relevant.
Black and Married with Kids
Black and Married with Kids was created by Lamar and Ronnie Tyler in 2007 to promote positive images of black families and marriages in the black community. It claims to be the largest independent African-American marriage and parenting site on the web, and has been featured in several media outlets including The Washington Post, Ebony, Essence, and Parenting Magazine. The Tylers share their experiences parenting four children, and the blog has grown to include features of family-oriented issues including adoption, back-to-school shopping, natural hair, and relationship advice.
Which black parenting blogs do you follow? Tell us in the comments.