Parenting, Unfiltered

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Parenting, Unfiltered

What Raising Kids In SoCal Really Looks Like

Published Aug. 18, 2020

Last fall, KPCC/LAist gave point-and-shoot film cameras to 12 Southern California parents of young children and invited them to document their lives. Since then, A LOT of things have changed: a pandemic, economic downturn and a national reckoning with the country’s history of racism and police violence, to name a few.

Yet, isn’t parenting so often about guiding kids through life’s big changes? Just as there was no one parenting experience before the pandemic, there is no single parenting experience during it, either. Throughout it all, these 12 parents continued taking photos with their phones and sharing with us how their lives were changing.

Join this group of families, from South Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley and San Bernardino, as they show us what parenting really looks like, through their eyes.

Meet The Parents

Mehboob “Ali” Abdullah & Diljot Kaur Ghuman
Park Mesa Heights  •  Ages 33 (Ali) & 23 (Kaur)   •  Elder caregiver (Ali) and FedEx delivery driver (Kaur)
Live with Raheem (4) and Kalima (3)
  View Ali & Kaur’s photos
Allana Duncan
South L.A.  •  Age 27   •  Data entry specialist at Fyllo, former administrative specialist at Crystal Stairs
Lives with daughter, Eden (2); female friend and friend’s daughter (7)
  View Allana’s photos
Aurora Reyes
Koreatown  •  Age 42   •  Full-time parent
Lives with children Joseph (20), Jocelyn (18), Ryan (12), Anthony (7), Khloe (3); grandson, Princeton (1)
  View Aurora’s photos
Franilyn Dacono
San Fernando Valley  •  Age 33   •  Senior program assistant for disability support services for LAUSD West Valley Occupational Center
Lives with Menard (husband), Francis (3), Mercia and Pedro (Menard’s parents)
  View Franilyn’s photos
Madai Rodriguez
San Bernardino  •  Age 26   •  Former Uber/Lyft driver
Lives with Edgar (husband), Ariel (3) and Delilah (2)
  View Madai’s photos
Nakeisha Robinson
Anaheim  •  Age 40   •  Birth equity consultant and community health advocate
Lives with Carlvin, Jr. (husband), Carlvin III (8), Nalani (5) and Carlvin, Sr. (father-in-law); Blended family also includes Chantel (26) and Jaylen (21)
  View Nakeisha’s photos
Nikidda Thomas-Carrillo
South L.A.  •  Age 38   •  Full-time parent and certified personal trainer
Lives with Cesario (husband), Hunter (1), Patricia (mother) and Chris (brother)
  View Nikidda’s photos
Noemí Cruz
Pico-Union  •  Age 35   •  Full-time parent
Lives with Faustino (husband), Naín (10), Abimelec (8) and Melquisedec (1)
  View Noemí’s photos
Richard Avila Winburn
San Fernando Valley  •  Age 53   •  Freelance graphic designer
Lives with Jason (husband), Jackson (7) and Noah (5)
  View Richard’s photos
Shammeer Dawson
Hawthorne   •  Mother, social worker and blogger living with lupus
Lives with Taj (8), Shelora (6), Ronn and Rome (3-year-old twins)
  View Shammeer’s photos
Trina Flowers
Hawthorne  •  Age 42   •  Freelance photographer
Lives with Leilani (19), Josh (15), Aliyah (13) and Hali'a (1)
  View Trina’s photos
Wooyong Choi
Koreatown  •  Age 45   •  Restaurant sales
Lives with Hyunjung Kim (wife), Evelyn (9) and Amy (5)
  View Wooyong’s photos

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