Explaining racism to our child is part of our jobs as parents through transracial adoption, but it's not easy to teach your child that some people may fear him because of the color of his skin.
I had expected to form an attachment slowly, but I was instantly smitten with my daughter. She was the one who came around in her own time.
My wife and I were nervous the first Sunday we attended an African-American church. Would they welcome us? Would they stare? We should have had faith.
When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.
I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.
Bringing up race and racism to your kid can be tough — but it should be done sooner rather than later.
Could I love a child who doesn’t look like me? Yes. More than I’ve ever thought possible.
A simple hairstyle was not so simple for a dance class full of little girls with beautiful heads of black hair.
If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?
A strong connection to role models and to others who share their ethnic background is as important now as ever.
Raised in a white community, I've just begun to embrace my heritage.
As Latino parents, we know firsthand the discrimination our children will face.
If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.
In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.
The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.
After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?
My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?
When the social worker brought my new daughter to my house, she wasn't the African-American girl I was expecting. And so we became a transracial family.
Why do our darker-skinned children receive attention and flattery from strangers — and what are we to do about it?
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