Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but it is also one of the most challenging. When you have children your needs (and your partners, if you have one) are put on the backburner. Add that to an erratic sleep schedule and trying to balance love, work and having a social life and parenting can feel like a real challenge.

However, raising a child had its own rewards: you get to care for and watch a little one grow into a successful adult. Mothers and Fathers share their stories on parenting in the Black community, both the good and the bad.