I'm lena, bi-racial(white/black...but raised with a white family) american born and raised married to dh Abdul who is Somali(born and raised, has lived in the us for 10 years now)
we have 1 dd Iman,and maybe more beanlets down the line
i look foward to chatting with all you here
Mama to a lively DD (10/05) and DS (06/23) !
I'm white, DH Max is white, and our son Jackson is black & white. Jack is adopted, via an open, private domestic adoption. We have a relationship with his birthmom, who lives in another state. We are in California, in the SF Bay Area.
I've been on MDC for awhile now - since just before Jack was born, and he's 2 now. I just found this forum last week, looking for something else. It will be great to have another resource.
Mom to Jackson, b. January 2006
and Cassandra, b. October 2011
Both of our families have always been very supportive of our relationship, which is refreshing in the world of ignorance that we live in.
I'm glad to have found this forum. I really could've used this a long time ago.
Anyway, we homeschool bilingually, I'm fluent in Spanish, though it took me a bit to get to this point. She corrects me periodically; I didn't start speaking to her in Spanish until she was about 18 months and it became necessary. She's currently 8.5 yo. She's being raised in a Mexican culture, as in our place in NM, there's a very strong immigrant culture here, to include my dh. Some day, we'll tell her about her other part of her heritage (dh is skeptical, but even I was raised with a stepdad and feel it's important she knows). She loves watching Irish dance and notes her hair looks like the ladies on Lord of the Dance .
I will also be introducing more German and Japanese into our day, both of which I'm familiar, although I'm not sure how.
Dd 9/99 via csection. 6 lbs 10oz
Dd 1/11 via vbac. 8 lbs 10oz
11 years secondary infertility
I'm so looking forward to discussions on this board with so many diverse families! It's very refreshing!
Dd 9/99 via csection. 6 lbs 10oz
Dd 1/11 via vbac. 8 lbs 10oz
11 years secondary infertility
I'm new to the multicultural threads. Yay!!! I'm so happy that this one is now up and running. I just found out about this one today! Well I'm Nigerian American (born and raised in the US, Nigerian father, Black American mix mother) and my DH is of Eastern European decent (4th generation Polish, Hungarian, Croatian). We've been married for over 2.5 years and have been ttc for quite some time as well. I'm usually in the ttc forums and I'm really actually supposed to be lurking. So at least I know I'll have another MDC home when we get pregnant (whenever that will be). I'm so happy see all of the diversity on these threads! It's awesome to see so many ladies with their multicultural families of various types. This is just too cool! I'm really here to learn about what you all do with the "is that your baby" comments, to just the general loving being a multicultural family. So I'm all ears and taking notes....:
Kemi wife to Jeff mommy to Rohan 1/3/09 and Naren(transfer to hospital) 10/22/10. Pregnant with
****5****10****15****20****25****30****35***40 (Hospital BC w/CNMs due to GD)
We are a bicultural family: DH was born in Taiwan and is an atheist, I'm Caucasian (Irish/German family history) and a devout Catholic. I am raising our boys as Catholics. DH's parents thoroughly americanized him as a young child, so I am always looking for ways to introduce Chinese traditions at home.
DH is white, blonde hair, hazel eyes, fair skin, i'm the dark one actually. I have olive skin, dark hair and the unfitting blue eyes.
DD was born in Budapest, we go to Hungary 3 times a year.
DD is blonde, white and blue eyes, she got my eyes. People don't ask me if i am the nanny, mostly because she looks like me but of course she looks more like DH. I speak Hungarian to her and DH in spanish.
I'm Angela. I'm white and a transplant from DC to Baltimore (not a geographically large distance, but for those of y'all who have made the move, you know it's a big change, and one that I'm SO happy about having made). My partner, Joel, is black and a transplant from Kingston, JA, to DC, to Baltimore, with many stops along the way! We have a five-year-old daughter named Ruby, who spends her days running our candy store with Joel while I commute back and forth to DC until the store is doing well enough to get me off that hamster wheel.
We don't have any children of our own just yet, but we're looking forward to trying within the next 6-12 months. I can't wait to get to know you all better.
I am a native Belgian raised in Belgium, who moved to Turkey to marry and live there with her Kurdish-Arabic origin husband.
We live here for almost 8 years now and have two children, aged 2 and 4.
I am fair-skinned with freckles/light brown hair/darkbrown eyes, husband dark olive skinned/pitchblack hair/brown eyes, son of 4 with olive skin/medium brown hair/drakbrown eyes, son of 2 with fair skin/medium blonde hair/drakbrown eyes. Kids look like a mixture but look most like me too.
We raise our children in a multi-langual and multi-cultural manner, without religion since we are either atheist or non-practising ourselves.
We use the OPOL method quite strictly, I speak Dutch with them, my husband Turkish.. They are also exposed to English since my husband and I started out in English and often still have conversations in English, mixed with Turkish and Dutch. Some Kurdish comes in by my in-laws, too, but we live far from them so the Kurdish input is very very little, and merely passive. I am a SAHM at the moment, my eldest son of 4 goes to private pre-school for half a day. So he gets half of the day a Turkish 'language-cultural-food' bath, and the other half mainly the Belgian version, and evenings and weekends are mixed :-).
One of the nice things here, I find, is that breastfeeding and also long-term bf (not unusual untill 1,5-2) , is looked upon as something relatively normal, comparing to how it is perceived in Belgium. Also SAHM is more accepted in this country than in my home country nowadays, but in both countries it is less (or not) appreciated when you have a degree.
I feel both integrated (NOT assimilated and will never be nor want to even if I would ever get dual citizenship) and very much Belgian (probably that 'strange' foreign woman in the middle of the street..many people also 'know' me from hear say, sometimes when I randomly speak to someone in the neighbourhood, I get to hear 'Oh, you must be that foreign lady living next to blablabla, I've been hearing lots about you' ??? :-).
I have both positive and negative experiences being a foreigner in my new home country. And of course I do miss my other homeland and friends/family there and like to travel there once every one or two years or so, if possible, but more difficult and expensive when children involved.
We often have family from both sites visiting for a couple af weeks a time, spread over the year. Nice, but these are always stay-overs so a lot more work to do and less privacy at times. Spring-Summer-Autumn can be busy at times!
I do not know any other foreign young mothers in my area (only at the other end of town, 1h travel). So it is nice to have found this new forum at MDC to discuss some 'multicultural' topics.
DS is a dual citizen: Canadian and Swiss... but has zero Canadian and Swiss DNA : !
I am Swiss (well, now also Canadian) but my family is originarily from the Czech Republic (so a mix of German/Polish/Czech in me). DH is Canadian but his family is originarily from Iran.
I speak to DS in French and DH speaks to him in English.
I'm a Finnish-speaking Finn, DH is a Swedish-speaking Finn and we live in Holland. No kids yet. If we're lucky enough to have children, we plan to use both of our native languages with them.
Now we speak mostly Finnish at home and with my family, Dutch at the Uni/work, English with most friends here and Swedish with DH's family.
DH and I are both culturally midwest-American, racially Caucasian, and ethnically mutts - his ancestry is mostly northern European, and mine is from almost everywhere in Europe except Ireland. We have one DS.
I once dated a very dark trilingual Marshallese guy, so I have some experience with multicultural issues (unfortunately, in most cases ), but not really as it relates to children and parenting.
Neat and interesting to read about you all!
Mommy to an exuberant 3 yo and a new one!
We're an interracial/bi-cultural, bilingual household -- I'm African-American and DH is French; we live in the US, big city on the east coast. We have one DC, a daughter, who's 18 mos old and the light of our lives. I became a mother later in life than some, and now that I have her, I can only think, "what the heck was I waiting for?!?!? this is great stuff!!!" Hoping to have at least one more DC, and to successfully navigate the challenges of raising a family in an increasingly crazy world.
That's 'bout it!
Right now our biggest challenge is trying to incorporate DH's culture into our daily lives so DS can grow up to know and appreciate it. We speak some Spanish to DS but not as much as I would like. It's hard as we live 2000 miles away from DH's family so we don't have extended family nearby to help us teach him.
I'm biracial and I come from a mostly Chinese background. My grandfather is American but we don't know who he is.
DH is American with Polish, German and Irish background. We're expecting our first this October and I'm going try very hard to teach our child Mandarin (I speak it fluently). I wonder how hard it's going to be for me to use Mandarin at home when I only speak English at home with DH. Though I'm lucky that he's willing to learn, he even knows how to cook some Chinese using a wok and we definitely plan on incorporating Chinese culture into our daily lives.
My heritage is Irish/English/German; Dh is Puerto Rican. Both born in America, although he spent several years of his childhood in PR. We don't have a blingual home - although Dh is fluent in Spanish, it's not his first language and not the one he's most comfortable with. I'm trying! But my Spanish is very limited.
We're looking into fostering/adoption, so our home may become more multicultural/multiethnic/multiracial still, in the next couple years! :
"When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead."
It's interesting having biracial children. DD1 is a little brown child with straight dark hair and big dark eyes and dd2 is our little Irish baby. She is tan in the summer but is pretty pale. She has red/blond curly hair and light brown eyes. I think people think they aren't related!
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