Three Ways to Support Your Biracial Child

There are an estimated seven million people in the United States who identify as biracial, multiracial, or mixed race. Millions of Americans are asked, on a daily basis, "What are you?" Lynnette Mawhinney, PhD, author of Magination Press book, Lulu the One and Only shares insights about what it is to be a biracial child and tips for helping support the emotional development of biracial children in this excerpt from her Author's Note. There are many beauties to being mixed race, but one complexity is that both parents do not share the same identity as their children. It is often hard for parents to understand the perspective of their children, and sometimes mixed-race children feel alone in their experiences. In Lulu the One and Only, Lulu is fortunate to have a big brother, Zane, to help her understand what to do when people ask, "What are you?" He helps her find her power phrase—a tool to help mixed race children learn how to navigate their emotions and responses to this question. There are certain practices parents can use to assist in the emotional development of their biracial children. Talk about race. Even in multicultural families, parents may avoid dialogues about race. Do not be afraid to talk about race and all the complexities that come as a family. This helps children establish a language around race while having the opportunity to articulate their emotions in a safe environment. Listen. Since biracial children have experiences that may be different from your own, do not feel obligated to act as though you understand their perspective. Sometimes children just need to be heard, valued, and feel supported in their experiences. Work on developing self-love. Unfortunately there is no escaping THAT QUESTION. People will ask, "What are you?" Self-love is critical in instances when your child is challenged for how he or she looks. Self-love is an intentional process. The power phrase helps children embrace self-love when others might challenge who they are. Hear author, Lynnette Mawhinney, read Lulu the One and Only aloud here.

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Three Ways to Support Your Biracial Child 2020-06-02T15:52:50-04:00

Lulu the One and Only

The question is not what I am, but who I am. Being in a part Black and part White family seems to confuse the people around Lulu. They say a lot of mean things because they think her family doesn't fit in. She especially hates that question: What are you? When Lulu asks her brother, Zane, how he handles that question, Zane helps Lulu find her power phrase. Hear author Lynnette Mawhinney, PhD, read Lulu the One and Only aloud and suggest an activity.

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Lulu the One and Only 2020-06-02T15:39:56-04:00

New Books to Help Kids Cope with COVID-19

For parents and caregivers who are looking for COVID-19 resources to explain the pandemic to their children, Magination Press called on some of its experts to write books for children, tweens, and teens on the topic.  Available free from Magination press, these books can help children through this challenging time. A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus By Rebecca Growe, MSW, LCSW, and Julia Martin Burch, PhD Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli Kids have a lot of questions about the coronavirus pandemic and all the new changes in their lives. This colorful picture book gives them the answers they've been looking for, explaining what the virus is, how it spreads, and what they can do to help, in gentle and simple language that even the youngest kids can follow. A Note to Parents and Caregivers offers strategies for helping your kids navigate anxiety they might be feeling around the pandemic. Unstuck! 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic By Bonnie Zucker, PsyD In this stressful time, there are losses, uncertainties, and changes, all which can create a lot of feelings. Feelings are never right or wrong, they just are, and expressing feelings can help. This activity book includes journal prompts and activities to help tweens and teens manage stress and anxiety, express emotions, and cultivate creativity and gratitude. Unstuck! includes a Note to Readers with more information about healthy coping. Click here to download free pdf versions of the books or ebook versions of A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus or Unstuck!

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New Books to Help Kids Cope with COVID-19 2020-05-26T11:50:39-04:00