Most parents of biracial children usually wonder how it will be like, raising their children. How do you ensure that your child gets the best of both worlds? How do you make sure that your child is confident about his mixed identity?
To be honest, these are things that really worried me when I and my white husband got pregnant. And my biggest worry was whether my child would fit in with peers of both races.
Now, this was all because of the stories I used to hear growing up. Especially about hoe biracial kids were being treated by others. Some were being told they weren’t black enough. Or weren’t Asian enough. Plus we have heard stories of biracial kids who people went to schools that were predominantly of one race.
Luckily things have really changed today. For several reasons, it has become much easier for interracial couples to raise their mixed children.
Reasons why raising biracial children is easier today!
1. There has been a huge rise in interracial relationships over the years. And because of this, people are becoming more accepting of interracial couples. There are more interracial marriages, hence the number of mixed race babies are being born and raised today. So people don’t really see them as strange as they used to before.
2. That said, there is a shift of attitudes of millennials as opposed to those of the baby boomer generation. Now, this is largely due to the diversity that exists in schools and universities. So for them, it’s normal that they would be in school with mixed kids.
3. The inclusion of the mixed category in the census has also helped a lot dealing with the identity crisis that most mixed-race individuals used to have. Before, they used to be asked to choose one race. These days at least mixed race is now a thing. So choose a school which embraces diversity.
4. The internet has got a lot of information and tips on how to raise biracial children. So, whenever in doubt you will always find something that will assist you.
In order to succeed, as parents, you need to allow your kids to talk about skin color. Explain to them about their identity and teach them how to embrace both or all cultures of who they are. But most importantly, let them make their own decisions and choices. Let them identify with what’s comfortable for them.