Title

"When You Take This Jump and Cross Racial Boundaries": Parents' Experiences of Raising Multiracial Children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-20-2020

Publication Title

The Family Journal

First page number:

1

Last page number:

9

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the lived experiences of eight parents of multiracial children. Primary themes emerged from the analysis include (a) fostering a child's multiple heritages, (b) nurturing the whole person, (c) race-conscious parenting, (d) having open communication, (e) learning on the job, and (f) a multidimensional approach to self-care. The findings revealed that parents valued open communication with their children and made efforts to not only connect them with their racial and cultural roots but also raise their children to learn about people whose cultural and racial backgrounds differ from them. Additionally, parents practiced a variety of self-care strategies to cope with stressors related to parenting and attend to their well-being.

Keywords

Multiracial family; Multiracial children; Mix-race children; Multiple heritages; Counseling multiracial families

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

Language

English

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