Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife shared a poignant message about parenting along with a photo of her spending quality time with the couple's two sons.
When Shaunie O'Neal and basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal tied the knot in 2002, the couple had already welcomed two children. They had their son Shareef in 2000 and a daughter named Amirah in 2001.
In 2003, Shaunie and Shaquille welcomed another son, Shaqir. Their youngest daughter, Me'arah was born in 2006. Shaunie also had her son Myles form a previous relationship, making her a proud mother of five.
While juggling five grown children, Shaunie also as a successful career as a reality star and executive producer on the show, "Basketball Wives."
Recently, she enjoyed some quality time with her sons. Along with a photo of her sitting next Shareef while looking at his phone together, Shaunie said that she considered it her job as a mother to stay in "the loop" when it comes to her children's lives.
In poignant message about spending quality time amid the pandemic, which has forced many families into quarantine, she explained:
"It forced us to have more family time than focusing on busy overbooked schedules. Finding the joy and counting it all a blessing!"
"Yes these kids are all up underneath me for almost half a year LOL but I have to say I'm loving it and if it's ever over I'm gonna miss it."
Shaunie O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal and their family pose on the red carpet at the opening of Shaquille's At L.A. Live on March 09, 2019, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images
Shaunie initially filed for divorce from Shaquille in 2007. However, after a brief reconciliation, they ended their marriage in 2011. It is reported, in 2018 Shaunie admitted that the first few years following their divorce were difficult for the couple.
She explained that their co-parenting relationship took a few years before they were able to both be a good place with each other.
In 2019, Shaunie was joined by her children to support Shaquille at the opening of his restaurant, "Shaquille's at L.A. Live."
During an interview with US Weekly, Shaquille said his experience on the basketball court taught him how to be a team player, which has influenced the ways he approached fatherhood.