Five Tips on Buying Biracial Children Gifts
Buying biracial children gifts that are culturally appropriate can be challenging. Here are some buying tips:
1. Choose dolls and storybook characters that resemble the child.It’s unfortunate, but today’s toy industry is still dominated by blond-haired, blue-eyed dolls. However, it is very important for biracial children to grow up seeing images of people who look likethemselves.
2. Don’t buy a white doll unless you clear it with the parents first.There’s nothing wrong with giving a biracial child a white doll, but some parents may want to make sure their children are secure with their mixed-race identity first.
3. Don’t be afraid to introduce kids of other racial mixtures.The books you buy don’t have to feature characters who have the exact racial heritage of the child. It’s healthy to read about kids of other racial mixtures too, as long as the characters are presented in a positive light. Also, by supporting the companies that publish books about mixed-race characters, you can help prove that there is a strong market for these products.
4. Buy biographies of prominent mixed-race individuals.For older kids, consider buying biographies of famous multiracial people throughout history. It can be very empowering for a child to have mixed-race role models. Here are a just a few people you can look for: golfer Tiger Woods (Asian-Black-Caucasian), sculptor Isamu Noguchi (Asian-Caucasian), Secretary of State Colin Powell (Black-Caucasian).
5. Look online for hard-to-find products.There are a lot of great online resources that sell books, toys and craft items and other culturally appropriate gifts for biracial children.
About the Author: Carmen Van Kerckhove is Belgian and Chinese. She is co-founder of EurasianNation.com, an online magazine and community for people of mixed European and Asian descent. Originally from Hong Kong, she now lives in New York City. Write to her by clicking on Carmen
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Here are some recommendations for books to buy for children, teens and to increase your own understanding of the issues with regard to raising biracial or multiracial children:
Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families
This book documents feelings and experiences of Americans who are members of multiracial families. It's a great book for parents to share with children.
I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla
Teaches that the color blindness of early childhood should be used to guide a child's positive development of self-esteem.
Black, White, Just Right
An excellent story about a multiracial family geared for children, ages 2-5.
All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
Great tool for teachers. Helps children understand that our differences are
not always black or white.
Books About Biracial Sports Figures:
Tiger: A Biography of Tiger World
How a biracial kid from California grew up to be the king of golf.
Game Day: My Life on and off the Field by Derek Jeter
A look at Derek Jeter's daily life and game day preparation with many photographs that capture private moments and family life.
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