Parenting the Interracial Child: Interracial Dating

Mom and dad are from different ethnic backgrounds and races. They have persevered through life’s and society’s ups and downs, approvals and disapproval’s. When the interracial child of this union enters into the dating world, it is inevitable that they will find a partner that is also of a different race. Immediately mom and dad are comfortable with the situation? Not all of the time. Sometimes parents find themselves in an uncomfortable situation because an interracial child chooses someone the parent would never choose.


Judgments Need to Stop at Hello

As interracial parents, both partners will be wise about the impact of interracial dating on society’s outlook, but that does not mean the first reaction to an interracial relationship is not one of awe from a parent. Take a Caucasian mother and African American father into consideration. An interracial daughter may choose to date a Caucasian boy. Mom is the only standing on the outside looking in. Personal preference led her into the interracial relationship and she may not understand why her daughter is choosing the person she has chosen, but judgments need to stop at, “Hello.” An open mind is the best mind to approach interracial dating with from the start – especially with biracial or multiracial children.

Talk With Interracial Children About How Others May React

Parents of interracial children need to remember they have been living the “out in front” lifestyle for years. Children are not as apt to understand why people stare, snicker or make remarks. It is best to discuss these potential reactions with a child as soon as they are old enough to start dating. Parents of interracial children may get the standard, “I know and I don’t care what others think of who I date”, but at lease children know parents are there to talk if (and in most cases when) society gets under the skin.

Open Up about Past Experiences

Another huge benefit to interracial children who are dating outside their race is the past experiences a parent may have. Just because things seem accepted today, does not mean there will be no confrontations. If parents of interracial children talk about past confrontations they have experienced and the best means of making it through emotionally and physically, children may be better prepared for life ahead with an open mind and heart.

Life parenting an interracial child is bound to be full of ups and downs. Parents who tackle interracial dating head on with no expectations in mind, everyone will feel better about dating choices in the end.


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