Cross-posted in Single Parenting
People have always asked, "What is she?" about my daughter's ethnicity(half Nicaraguan), and she's now 2.5 and nearing an age of being able to understand these types of questions. A couple weeks ago someone asked us if she spoke Spanish and I realized she has no involvement in her father's culture and will realize it in the near future.
For those of you who may have dealt with anything like this, how did you handle this? I don't want her to repress her ethnicity or feel awkward about it since her father is absent from her life, but I also don't even know enough about her culture to help her embrace it, and it would feel weird to teach her about it. I just feel like a huge chunk of her ancestry is being ignored, and I'm feeling confused about avoiding that.