For hope that they’ll continue to celebrate every

For this article Swanson is speaking on the fact that children who are
taught of their ancestry and family background and culture have a greater
understanding of who they are and builds a greater sense of identity. Knowledge
of family background gives children pride to stand on which is so solid no one
can comment, can shake its foundation and a sense of
belonging and knowing to where they are from gives biracial children confidence
to deal with the challenges they will face one day from peers and themselves.
As society insists on classifying people into racial groups teaching adolescents
about their racial identity will help them not feel pressured to conform to
other’s expectations and societal norms and teaching them about their mixed
heritage in the hope that they’ll continue to celebrate every part of who they
are will contribute to them having a strong sense of identity.


To choose an identity, adolescents
first need to understand where they come from, if their family has a heritage
language(s). They need to be familiar to foods and traditions from their
cultural backgrounds. Encouraging their curiosity
as they develop a racial identity helps assure them that their biracial
heritage is something to take pride in and will help them in school and help
them prepare for future teasing they may endure from the monoethnic children as
being biracial and even interracial marriages aren’t a social norm or
acceptable in some conservative communities. The biracial children will need to
recognize the power that knowledge of history is important in grounding them in
who they are and where they come from. A study showed that a multiracial
background gives kids a stronger appreciation for diversity, the ability to
understand multiple sides of controversial issues, and enhanced creativity when
it comes to problem solving. In that, gives a child more education and learning
experience and will aid them later in life to be a better person, someone who isn’t
ignorant or close-minded. Telling a child that although they are multiracial
they should identify with only one race is all but guaranteed to set them up
for a state of inner turmoil and identity problems long term, it sends a message
that says to them that while we know they are one thing – both races – they
must pretend to everyone that they are something else which again will be troublesome
for later self-development and identity crisis when they do start reaching the age
of puberty.