Celebrity Parents Shaunie O'Neal on Her 'Great' Co-Parenting Relationship with Shaq: 'Took a Long Time to Get There' Shaunie O'Neal will appear on the Tamron Hall Show on Friday By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 12, 2021 12:39 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Shaunie O'Neal has found the perfect balance when it comes to co-parenting with her ex-husband, Shaquille O'Neal. During an appearance on the Tamron Hall Show on Friday, Shaunie opened up about her relationship with the former NBA star, whom she split from in 2009 after getting married in 2002. The pair are parents to four kids together — Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir and Me'arah — while Shaunie has a son, Myles, from a previous relationship, as Shaq has a daughter, Taahirah, with his former girlfriend, Arnetta Yardbourgh. "We have a great co-parenting relationship, seriously," Shaunie told host Tamron Hall in a clip from the episode. "It took us a long time to get there — don't get me wrong, it was not an easy journey — but once we got there, and I think we felt comfortable being honest with each other and just sharing what was going on in our lives, in our personal lives to a certain extent." "Because I think a lot of it ... it's none of our business. It's none of my business what he does, same with him. And I think we both respect that," she added. "But if we get in relationships that we're going to go to that next level, we definitely will let each other know ... and support it in the best way we can." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Shaquille and Shaunie O'Neal. Cassy Athena/Getty Shaquille O'Neal's Ex Shaunie Jokes She Pushes Him to Get a Girlfriend So He Stops FaceTiming Her Last month, Shaq appeared on an episode of the brand-new PEOPLE Every Day podcast, where he opened up about parenting amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including how he entertains his six children. "I have six wonderful kids," the proud dad said. "Not a lot of discipline is needed. Their mothers did wonderful, beautiful jobs of that. So my job is just keeping them into the game, have fun." Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. Some of that fun included making silly dance videos with his children, who range in age from 14 to 24, plus shooting hoops and other at-home activities to stay busy. "You just have to mix it up as a dad. [You] just can't tell them, 'Go to your room and stay there,' because they'll get miserable," added Shaq. "So you just have to have fun with them an hour, rest, have fun with them an hour, rest. Then you also got to give them a space to let them do their own thing." RELATED VIDEO: Shaunie O'Neal Jokes That Ex Husband, Shaq, Has Goal 'to Make Sure I Don't Ever Have Another Man' During her guest appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, Shaunie continued to speak about her relationship with her ex, sharing, "I think we both support each other." "I used to tease him and be like, 'Could you please hurry up and get a wife? And then you could stop, you know, randomly FaceTiming me and talking about your day? Like ... get a girlfriend or something,' " she quipped. Shaunie also said that while they tease each other, Shaq has told her that he "wants to have more kids." "I'm like, 'Well, knock yourself out. Have a good time with that one. I think you've pushed over that hill now sir,' " she joked of the athlete's ambition to become a father again. "But whatever it is, that's his business. But ... he supports me in a relationship, I support him."