Hi, I’m Sonja. Those who know me well know that I love and adore my family. I am exceedingly thankful for my beautiful husband, William (married 23 years and counting), and exceptionally proud of our extraordinary son and daughter. As our children begin their young adults lives, my husband and I are transitioning into the empty-nester phase and moving closer towards realizing our dream of becoming family therapists. Our passion is prosperous families. Over the years, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances have suggested that I write a book about rearing successful African American children. Our son and daughter were leaders and stellar students at two of the top prep schools in the country. Our son then thrived at Yale and our daughter will soon do the same at WashU St. Louis – two of the nation’s best universities. Many ask how we managed to nurture confident, socially- and culturally-grounded, and academically successful black children. Blackchildsuccess is my attempt to share our parenting philosophy and story. I hope you enjoy reading.