Good Read

theGrio.com posted an article this week about talking to biracial and multiracial children about race. Simone and Nadia haven’t asked anything lately, which means I am due a question any minute now. The article is chocked-full of advice. I bet, though, there are some parents here who can share their own experience. So, I am asking, how have you addressed questions your children have posed about race?

  • Blanc2

    Seems like the article is mostly about biracial kids with white mothers. Wonder if there is a difference for biracial kids with black mothers. After all, mothers and fathers affect different parts of a child’s development. Dads tend to be more experiential — push them out there into the world to test their limits and their mettle, but have their back. Moms tend to be more existential — focus them inward to know who they are and what they want.

  • Yes, thank goodness.

  • Marci

    I use to tell my kids the truth about race but I would always emphasize that what really matters is what’s on the inside and thank goodness that God doesn’t look at our outsides!

  • Kate

    I am currently reading Nuture Shock which has some very intersting research on this topic. It really made me look at my thinking about when and how to discuss race with my daughter. We have a biracial family through adoption so I get lots of questions when we are at the park or pool from kids who are just trying to figure out how we belong together. My daughter is too young to know what people are asking about and why but that won’t last much longer. I am always surprised that the parents’ of these inquizative kids do not help out with the discussion.

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