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Our expert explains why it's important to start talking about racism and race with your adopted child.

Talking About Race and Racism

Talking About Race and Racism

Racism exists, and it's our job as parents to talk about it with our kids. Here's an age-by-age guide to handling those conversations.

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Cross-cultural adoption creates loving families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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Racial stereotypes are everywhere, especially for transracial families

“Is My Asian Son a Whiz Kid?”

When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.

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Talking to children about race from an early age is important

“Bigotry, Blindness, and Basketball”

What started off as a fun day on the courts left my heart hurting for my two brown boys, and the kids who excluded them.

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In this personal essay, one mom discusses the challenges of transracial parenting.

“Having ‘the Talk’ with My Black Son”

It's not easy to teach your child that people may fear him because of the color of his skin—but it's something parents through transracial adoption must do.

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Ethnic pride is important in the diverse Cuchens family.

“Joining an African-American Church”

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.

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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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Ballerinas can have black natural hair, too.

“Cornrows Fit for a Ballerina!”

A simple hairstyle was not so simple for a dance class full of little girls with beautiful heads of black hair.

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Tips for discussing race with preschoolers

Helping Your Preschooler Feel Good About Race

Preschoolers are starting to notice racial differences. Adoptive parents have a responsibility to talk about them.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Other Side of Privilege

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?

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Support your child's ethnic heritage

When Children Deny Their Heritage

A strong connection to role models and to others who share their ethnic background is as important now as ever.

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A black adoptee raised by white adoptive parents

“On Becoming African American”

Raised in a white community, I've just begun to embrace my heritage.

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A mother teaches her daughter about her heritage

Heritage Starts at Home

How we can help our children feel good about who they are — and where they're from.

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Kwanzukkah includes fruit, along with other food and drinks

“Our Family’s Unique Kwanzukkah Celebration”

The story of how one transracial family reinvented their holiday traditions.

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A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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Celebrating birth culture is important in transracial adoption

“Do Fan Dances and Tea Ceremonies Really Teach Us Anything?”

The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.

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A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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