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Biracial Babies--Unique and Beautiful!
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:
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.
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.
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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
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!
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