5 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT THE FIRST WEEK OF PRESCHOOL

5 Things No One Tells You About the First Week Of Preschool “She has excellent fine motor skills…” This past week was our 4 year old toddler’s first week of preschool.  As parents we lamented the thought of sending her to school too early.  Was she going to listen to her teacher?  Share?  Play with …

5 INTERESTING INDIAN SUPERSTITIONS AND CUSTOMS EXPLAINED

5 INTERESTING INDIAN SUPERSTITIONS AND CUSTOMS EXPLAINED One of the most intriguing parts of being in an interracial/intercultural marriage has been learning about my spouse’s cultural superstitions and customs.  In the African-American community we uphold many of the superstitions and customs that are prevalent in America.  Such as? SUPERSTITIONS AND CUSTOMS I GREW UP HEARING …

7 Books For Multiracial Families By Multiracial Authors

7 BOOKS FOR MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES BY MULTIRACIAL AUTHORS The multiracial experience across the globe is a unique one. And it is not often that you come across books that have been written by multiracial authors that speak about what life is like as a mixed raced person.   Many of these books are narratives and …

20 AMAZING MULTICULTURAL DIWALI GIFT IDEAS

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:   Ketchup Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs Kid World Citizen Creative …

LOVE FAMILY BOOK REVIEW: CUSTOMIZABLE MULTIRACIAL FAMILY BOOK

LOVE FAMILY BOOK REVIEW Book Review: Love Family Author: Nora Barrett Cooper, Illustrations: Joelle Nelson Book Publishing Company: Loving Lion Books What if you could customize the main characters in a book for your daughter(s)?  A book that will become a family keepsake and that you could joyfully add to your family library of books?  …

BIRACIAL PARENTING-WHERE ARE THE KIDS THAT LOOK LIKE ME?

BIRACIAL PARENTING-WHERE ARE THE KIDS THAT LOOK LIKE ME? “I want to go play with my sister!” I looked at my biracial daughter with confusion because she does not have a sister.  She pointed at a little Caucasian girl she had began to play with, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) waiting area, that had a fondness for my little …

FATHERHOOD: I WANTED A SON BUT WE HAD A DAUGHTER…

FATHERHOOD: I WANTED A SON BUT WE HAD A DAUGHTER   DEEPLY ROOTED CULTURAL BELIEFS Growing up, as person of Indian decent it is ingrained in you that when it comes to having a child having a boy is better than having a girl.  The context for this line of reasoning is purely archaic and comes from …

3 MUST-KNOW TIPS FOR RAISING A MULTI-RACIAL/MULTI-CULTURAL CHILD

PART II OF LATHA AND ADRIAN’S STORY-PARENTING This is part two of Latha and Adrian’s story.  Missed part 1–their incredible love story? Check it out here! LATHA AND ADRIAN’S TAKE ON MULTI-RACIAL/MULTI-CULTURAL PARENTING Latha is Indian and Adrian is African-American and Jewish.  They have been married for over 20 years and have 1 daughter Nicolette.  …

Motherhood: Being Mom

Motherhood:  Being Mom   Planned or unplanned a vacancy filled.  Watching an expanding waist line turn into xlbs and xoz’s. More. Of. Me. Countless late night nursing sessions. More. Of. Me. Sleep deprivation. More. Of. Me. Blow outs, spit ups, and sit ups. More. Of. Me. Climbing, walking, and talking. More. Of. Me. Temper tantrums. More. …

Positively Reinforcing Multiracial Identity in Kids: Comments and Affirmations from around the web

Positively Reinforcing Multiracial Identity in Kids:  Comments and Affirmations from around the web “Multiracial kids/people are disruptive to stereotyping just by existing.”—unknown RAISING A BIRACIAL CHILD As parents we want to be prudent in nurturing and fostering our biracial daughter’s understanding of who she is.  Neither my husband nor I intimately understand what it is …