But we do live in a predominantly white city and while his preschool class is pretty diverse, (about half non-white, a few other kids with his skin color or similar) outside of that he has little contact with other-than-white kids. This is one thing I plan to change.
Where do these non white kids come from in your predominently white city?
he needs contact with non-white adults more than with non white children IMO...
My daughter is bi-racial and often tells me that she wishes she had my (straight) hair. I commiserate - her hair takes a lot more time than mine does... then there's always that factor that he loves you so much - of course he wants to be just like you
But she was delighted to have a friend who "looks like her" as well. My friends and co workers who are black are evenly divided between those who have natural hair and those who chemically straighten. So far, she still prefers to have natrual hair, but it doesn't mean she doesn't wish for easier care hair. not good or bad hair, just more time intensive. She's also aware that her hair is not straight and will never be straight, but that doesn't mean she doesn't voice her desire for easier hair.
My 6 yr old bi-racial son is hilarious with his notices. I live in Milwaukee WI - IN Milwaukee, not one of the suburbs. We were at a park this summer and as we left he said, "Man, there's a lot of black kids there" Immediately followed by "I know I'm black, but they are really
I don't think of this as good or bad; it's just a notice he had about how he is different and how he is the same.
He is also immediately drawn to black men; perhaps because he's constantly exposed to black men, from college professors and business men to federal inmates recently out of prison; all positive interactions. But he still wants to marry me
I am loving watching how my kids move through this world and my job, as I see it, is to make sure that we live in a place where they have exposure to a lot of different people so they can feel comfortable with who they are, and how they look.