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ERIC Number: ED416005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
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Raising Good Biracial Children.
Wardle, Francis
Discussions about interracial families usually end with the question, "but what about the children?" This paper examines the prerequisites of parenting biracial children, whether in foster, adoptive, one-, or two-parent families and provides suggestions to help parents of biracial children in their child rearing. The paper identifies prerequisites of parenting biracial children as: (1) being a good parent, highlighting that parents of biracial children face many of the same parenting challenges as all families; (2) supporting both parents, focusing on respecting the heritage, culture, and race of both parents and their families; and (3) recognizing and not retreating from the challenge to society posed by interracial families, especially supporting the children's unique status in society and not allowing professionals to define children's identity. The paper contains several specific suggestions directed to help parents of biracial children, including: (1) be open about racial differences; (2) be open about your child's differences; (3) advocate for your child; (4) develop positive relationships with the extended family; (5) expose your children to your personal cultural heritage; (6) have mixed-race friends; (7) help your children fill out government forms (with questions that address race); and (8) be careful about interjecting race and ethnicity when solving problems. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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