Discussing MLK with Young Multiracial & Biracial Children

Discussing MLK with Young Multiracial & Biracial Children

Raising Multiracial Children: The Impact of MLK Over the weekend, D and I had an interesting conversation on parenthood, raising multiracial and biracial children and MLK. The national celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior is today, but in raising very young kids, I wonder how much of the Civil Rights Movement they need to hear about at this very tender age. With Alina becoming increasingly astute of skin color and race, we headed to the bookstore to enjoy an afternoon together and some books on the topic. I was actually surprised at the detail and sensitive topics broached in board … [Read more...]

Q is for Cuban: My 3 Year Old’s Biracial Identity

Q is for Cuban: My 3 Year Old’s Biracial Identity

Biracial, Multi-cultural, Cuban, Black, American My motherhood has matured a lot in three years. I am strong enough to now say that I was really afraid to have mixed kids, to raise a biracial identity, and for reasons you might be shocked to learn. When you are in an interracial marriage, people think you somehow become an advocate for equality or civil rights - that your marriage symbolizes a quest for "one love". Or something like that. Actually, I married the guy that treated me better (way better) than any other guy I dated. I married him for probably the same reasons you married your … [Read more...]

Can You Survive An Interracial Marriage?

Can You Survive An Interracial Marriage?

Celebrating Our Interracial Wedding Story After being told by her daughter that she wanted mixed babies because they're the cutest (insert sigh), a friend of mine asked me what I thought about being in an interracial marriage. Specifically, she wanted to know how I would advise her daughter should she one day marry a black guy. I was a little taken aback, but the truth is this isn't the first time I'm confronted with this kind of question. I used to coach a high school soccer team at a local private school. One of my players came rushing up to me before practice to express how angry she … [Read more...]

Lessons To Learn When Parenting A Black Boy, From a Brown Mom

Lessons To Learn When Parenting A Black Boy, From a Brown Mom

It has become painfully clear to me that, had I continued to parent my boy like he wasn't a black kid, I would be doing a massive disservice to his life's preparation. After my editor and friend over at SpanglishBaby asked me to voice an opinion on the Zimmerman case from a Latina mom's perspective, after I wrote My Blinders Are Off: What Trayvon Taught Me About Parenting, after HLN's Raising America picked up the piece and featured it on their homepage, I am still sickened at what I have to tell my child in order to keep him safe. Being black and staying alive are all of a sudden parts of my … [Read more...]

Loving Day 2013: Multi-Cultural Family Reflection

Loving Day 2013: Multi-Cultural Family Reflection

Do you celebrate Loving Day? I have written about Loving Day since the beginnings of this blog. It's mission is rooted in a historical legal moment in our country and the play on words (the interracial couple being persecuted actually had the last name of Loving... how crazy is that?) makes me way too excited. And, I have a multi cultural family with biracial babies, making the day even that much more relevant to our family legacy. But the meaning of Loving Day and its relevance to how I mother my children has changed over the years. My motherhood has matured, much like the Loving Day … [Read more...]

Celebrating Black History for Kids with Doc McStuffins

Celebrating Black History for Kids with Doc McStuffins

Black History for Kids, All Kids It's Black History Month, and while Daddy D and I do our part to teach age appropriate lessons of black history for kids anytime of year, they're even more prudent during the month of February. Fact finding, enjoying literature, thoughtful discussions are all ways to engage your child in honor of Black History Month. Understanding our past is crucial to building a more tolerant legacy for the future. But even if you aren't teaching black history, an interesting thing is taking place: its happening anyway. Building a Tolerant Legacy Growing up, I … [Read more...]

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