Author Archives: Deborah H. Johnson

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Ask AF: My Child Was Told by Peers That She’s “Not Really Chinese”

Ask AF: My Child Was Told by Peers That She’s “Not Really Chinese”

A parent reaches out for help after taunting at school left her daughter feeling shaken to the core and that she doesn’t belong anywhere. An adult adoptee and transracial adoption expert offers advice.

Helping transracially adopted teens answer questions about race from peers

Ask the Transracial Parenting Expert: Helping Teens Answer Questions About Race

"Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?"

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One of many multicultural adoptive families

Shifting Your Mindset to Become a Multicultural Family

After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?

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Microaggressions can add up over time

Responding to “Invisible” Racism

Our society has gotten to the point where most people can agree that overt racism is wrong. Few would argue that segregation or using a racial slur is acceptable. But many more subtle forms of racism persist. Here's how to combat them.

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Introducing racism to your child should be done early.

First Conversations with Kids About Race

Bringing up race and racism to your kid can be tough — but it should be done sooner rather than later.

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Read expert advice on answering rude adoption qeustions.

Answering Relatives’ Tricky Questions About Adoption

Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it’s a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don’t suffice.

racial bullying

When Kids Face Racism at School

Racial bullying is especially harmful. Here are some strategies to help your child cope and respond to racial teasing.

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Color Blindness and Race

Love Sees in Color

About a decade ago it was popular to say, “Love sees no color. I really don’t see that my kids are different.” I’m hoping we’ve moved away from that, because it’s just not true. We all notice differences, and, if we say we can’t, we’re denying something.

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Children may be making assumptions about culture in your child's classroom

Responding to Assumptions About Culture

Children at my daughter's school assume she speaks Spanish, even though she was raised in an English-speaking family. What can we do?

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