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How did you talk about race with your kids?

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I know it's vital for me to talk to my kids about race as they get older since they are mixed Caucasian and Mexican. I have no idea where to even begin though.


How did you talk to your kids about it? If you haven't yet, do you have any plans about how to introduce and talk about the topic with your kids?

by on Aug. 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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tears30314
by Member on Aug. 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM
my kids are very aware of race sense their dad has three sets of kids with three different races but never made a big deal of it.
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tears30314
by Member on Aug. 6, 2011 at 10:16 PM
my youngest is 2 also, all she sees is thats her big brothers not race.
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thenguyenclan
by on Aug. 6, 2011 at 11:12 PM

i havent had that talk yet with my kids.....but i will let you know when i do though :-)

usmclife58
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

We don't. We have mixed races in our family, and just leave it as they are family. No one looks the same, so the difference in skin color is not a big deal.

LOswald0314
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM
I haven't even considered how or when to do this yet, I guess I figured exposure would help.
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deccaf
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I don't know that it will be an issue in my family.  While DD is all white, her brother in law is half mexican, half black.  We have many mixed marriages in our families, so I am hoping that she won't see race in anyone, just the inner person shining through.

deccaf
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I grew up in a less diverse place, if you can believe it.  Here is the wiki on that town-

The racial makeup of the city was 95.96% White, 0.73% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population. 17.1% were of German, 8.3% Irish, 7.8% American, 7.5% English, 7.2% Norwegian and 5.0% Finnish ancestry according to Census 2000.

My parents never discussed race with me, but I sure wish they had.  It was a big culture shock entering the real world.

Quoting PEEK05:

We live in an area where it's not so diverse. This is from wikipedia.

The racial makeup of the city was 84.81% White, 2.50% African American, 0.97% Native American, 4.51% Asian, 0.54% Pacific Islander, 2.86% from other races, and 3.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.29% of the population. 16.4% were of German, 9.2% English, 8.4% Irish and 7.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

Quoting rkoloms:

People come in all shapes and sizes.

Other than two horrible years in private school (Mommy, why does everyone here have light skin?), my daughter has been in very diverse schools, and is truly colorblind



PEEK05
by on Aug. 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Oh wow!

Quoting deccaf:

I grew up in a less diverse place, if you can believe it.  Here is the wiki on that town-

The racial makeup of the city was 95.96% White, 0.73% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population. 17.1% were of German, 8.3% Irish, 7.8% American, 7.5% English, 7.2% Norwegian and 5.0% Finnish ancestry according to Census 2000.

My parents never discussed race with me, but I sure wish they had.  It was a big culture shock entering the real world.

Quoting PEEK05:

We live in an area where it's not so diverse. This is from wikipedia.

The racial makeup of the city was 84.81% White, 2.50% African American, 0.97% Native American, 4.51% Asian, 0.54% Pacific Islander, 2.86% from other races, and 3.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.29% of the population. 16.4% were of German, 9.2% English, 8.4% Irish and 7.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

Quoting rkoloms:

People come in all shapes and sizes.

Other than two horrible years in private school (Mommy, why does everyone here have light skin?), my daughter has been in very diverse schools, and is truly colorblind




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