Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World

Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World

Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World

Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World


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The essential guide to parenting multiracial and multiethnic children of all ages and learning to support and celebrate their multiracial identities

In a world where people are more likely to proclaim color-blindness than talk openly about race, how can we truly value, support, and celebrate our kids' identities? How can we assess our own sense of Racial Dialogue Readiness and develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing multiracial children today?

Raising Multiracial Children gives caregivers the tools for exploring race with their children, offering practical guidance on how to initiate conversations; consciously foster racial identity development; discuss issues like microaggressions, intersectionality, and privilege; and intentionally cultivate a sense of belonging. It provides an overview of key issues and current topics relevant to raising multiracial children and offers strategies and developmentally appropriate milestones from infancy through adulthood. The book ends with resources and references for further learning and exploration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174491
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/20/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 448,168
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Farzana Nayani is a passionate advocate and educator regarding the understanding of culture and race within organizations, schools, and the community. She holds a master's degree in communications and management from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and the esteemed East-West Center, as well as a bachelor of education and a bachelor of arts in psychology and English from the University of British Columbia. As a certified teacher, former classroom educator, and a multiethnic parent of multiracial children, Nayani has focused on bridging understanding across cultural differences throughout her entire career and personal life.

In her current work as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and intercultural trainer, Nayani has conducted research, workshops, and curriculum design on cross-cultural topics for two decades. Her work has appeared in Forbes, DiversityInc, LA Parent, the Smithsonian and NPR. She is on the advisory board of Multiracial Americans of Southern California, is a part of the CAUSE Leadership Network, has advised for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), and is coaching faculty for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coaching Center at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Spickard xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The Case for Exploring Race with Our Children 1

1 Who Are Multiracial Individuals? 15

2 Adult Intercultural Development and Racial Dialogue Readiness 29

3 Racial Rigidity, Fluidity, and Resilience 53

4 Factors Impacting Racial Identity Choice and Assignment 69

5 Common and Contemporary Issues 93

6 Teaching Racial/Multiracial Identity in the Classroom 119

7 From College to Career 141

8 Action, Advocacy, and Community-Building 167

9 Recommended Resources 183

A Glossary 199

B Social Justice Standards: Grade-Level Outcomes 213

C Lesson Plans 223

Afterword Velina Hasu Houston 235

Notes 241

Index 251

About the Author 267

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