Early childhood educators are aware of the connection between a child's success and his or her racial/ethnic self-esteem.Identity is an emerging concept for young children.
When parents are asked about the racial or cultural identity of their biracial child, their responses vary significantly.Those responses indicate their uncertainty about the dual heritage or their discouragement with societal pressure.These include mixed-race (or simply "mixed"), biracial, multiracial, métis, creole, mestizo, mulatto, melungeon, criollo, chindian, dougla, quadroon, zambo, eurasian, and pardo.Individuals of multiracial backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population in many parts of the world.The variation in parents' responses is one indication of the stress that is experienced by families of dual races or cultures.
Biracial children experience the feeling of not "fitting in" anywhere during their childhood and it becomes a serious source of conflict for many biracial adolescents (Gibbs, 1989).
What typically happens to biracial and bicultural children is that they are socialized much more in one culture than the other.
"The child of dual heritage is not likely to have equal exposure to both of her cultural heritages" (Morrison & Rogers, 1996, p. At the same time, the biracial child is aware of the values, perceptions, and typical behaviors of the two cultural systems.
Much like divorce, the stress related to interracial marriages comes from society's disapproval of the unions of two people of different races.
The stress for children comes from a kind of ambiguous ethnicity or conflicts about their dual ethnic identity.
Many terms exist for people of various multiracial backgrounds.