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Biracial Babies--Unique and Beautiful!

Updated on March 16, 2012

Maybe you have a biracial child in your family, or maybe you are just fascinated by biracial children. The term "biracial" often refers to the child of a black parent and a white parent, although it can be used to describe other racial combinations, too. Biracial children are often considered to be beautiful and exotic, incorporating the best features of their parents. There are also some myths and misunderstandings about biracial children. Here are some of the things you should know about biracial children:

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Skin Tone Can Vary

A child with one dark-skinned parent and one light-skinned parent can be any complexion. A biracial child can appear "black," "white," or somewhere in between. It's easy to get hung up on skin tone because we live in such a race-conscious society. But skin tone is just another feature like eye color or hair color. If you have more than one child, you know that features can vary greatly between children. Skin tone is no different! Contrary to popular belief, the darker skin tone of one parent does not always "dominate." Some biracial children with one very dark-skinned parent appear as "white" as their white parent.

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Hair Can Be Straight or Curly

Aside from skin tone, the texture and color of the child's hair is the other feature that people tend to pay a lot of attention to in biracial children. People are often fascinated by the different types of hair textures that can result from the mixture of different-race parents. Just as with skin tone, biracial hair can be straight and soft, curly and kinky, or somewhere in between. It is important to note that you won't always know from your newborn's hair what their hair will ultimately be like. Most babies, no matter what their race, will lose the hair they are born with. If it is soft and silky at birth, it may not stay that way.

People Will Be Curious

If you have a biracial baby, people will be naturally curious--especially if they don't know a lot of biracial people. If you don't mind answering innocent questions about your child's skin and hair, or how you plan to raise her, go ahead. But if the questions are offensive or begin to bother you, simply smile sweetly and say, "I'd rather not answer that question!"

There are Many Successful Biracial Role Models

It is not always easy to raise biracial children in a race-conscious society like ours. But if you have a biracial child, you should know that there are many successful biracial role models, such as:

President Barack Obama

Mariah Carey

Maya Rudolph

Alicia Keys

Lenny Kravitz

Derek Jeter

Soledad O'Brien

Biracial children today have as many opportunities as anyone else. But this is not to say that they are the same as all other children - they are unique and beautiful!

Sage Carter shares ideas, information, and advice for better living. Visit her at http://sagecarter.hubpages.com/.

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      Savannah 3 years ago

      I have a "mixed" daughter. Her hair looks kinda like the little girl in the pic. People look at us all the time when we are out. I had to take her to the ER one time and the ER doc ask me if I was her mother I said yes he looked at me crazy & turn to her & said "is this your mommy" I'm white by the way & her father is black

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      sagecarter 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi, Mama Kim - yes it is true sometimes people don't know what to make of kids who don't seem to look like their parent!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      My children are white from me and Asian from dad. My son looked just like his dad as a baby and I would get the oddest stares and now he has changed to look more like me and his dad gets the stares... I just hope people can be mature enough as he gets older not to hassle him about why he doesn't look like one of his parents.

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      sagecarter 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Leila!

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      LeilaMonei 5 years ago

      Cool article. Love the little girl's curly hair.My parents are Asian (dad) and African (mom)