The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry points out some facts we parents of multiracial children already know. Our children “do not differ from other children in self-esteem, comfort with themselves, or number of psychiatric problems.  Also, they tend to be high achievers with a strong sense of self and tolerance of diversity.” Check it out. 


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  • Blanc2

    Interesting read. Here is an anecdote from our son’s life that I think is telling. Our son rows on the rowing team, along with a classmate friend who about a year ago moved here with his family from England. On the way to practice one day, as they walked past the soccer team practicing on the soccer pitch, our son poked fun at his friend: “You have to be the only English guy I know who doesn’t play soccer.” The friend joked back: “You’re the only black guy I know who doesn’t play basketball.” The point being that, as between them — two teenage guys engaged in the sort of jovial “dozens” banter that guys tend to engage in — my son’s race is at the same level as his friend’s Eglish cultural identity, something that might warrant a little good-natured jabbing between buddies but not something that has a huge impact on one’s core identity. Both guys are secure in their core identity as strong students with significant presence(s) on campus.

    Neither of our children has experience any sort of racial slur or similar insult. Our daughter is growing to be a very pretty girl and is regarded generally as such, which is the case with many of the other biracial girls at school.

    Our son is also becomming very handsome now that he is beginning to outgrow that awkward adolescent stage boys go through. When we’re out in public you can see the girls checking him out. “Stay away from women, son,” I advise. “All they bring is heartache and trouble.” I think my advice is falling on deaf ears.

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