Raising 2 beautiful bi-racial girls
We are learning something new every day about raising our two bi-racial daughters. My husband and I have been married for 6 years, and we also have 3 older children (my husband's from a previous marriage).
I read a previous comment from the dad that had his daughter told him that she wanted to be white. I have had mine do something similar. They are learning about themselves just like any other toddlers are. We don't ever make it a big deal, they are what they are, and if you go by the legal terminology, they are "other".
We make sure they understand that they are like mommy and daddy, not just either one. They do spend time with both sides of our families, and are not treated differently by anyone. I want them to be confident in who they are and not what color their skin is. That way when they grow up, regardless of what others think of their racial background, they know that they are a force to be reckoned with in any demographic.
My husband has said that regardless of them being bi-racial, in the world nowadays, because their father is black, they will only be considered to be black. I see this, as I am sure you have ... Halle Berry, Alicia Keyes, Barack Obama, etc....
I know what he is saying, but I have hope that time will only make people of this new generation accepting of people in general, and less critical of their ethnicity. Overall, we have not had much negativity and we just live our lives and raise our children with values and beliefs that will make them into strong beautiful women one day.How to raise children to act from strength and integrity and believe in their unique identity