Parenting Mixed-Race Children

  • Fabienne DoucetEmail author
  • Marcella Runell Hall
  • Melissa Giraud


As interracial couples become biracial families, parents experience unique concerns and challenges. This chapter explores how parents with biracial children navigate parenting as they blend cultural beliefs and practices and seek to protect and prepare their children for success. We discuss the ethnic identity of mixed-race children, racial and cultural socialization in mixed-race families, navigating extended family relationships, external pressures and perceptions of mixed families, and mixed-race parenting beyond the black-white binary. We conclude this chapter by identifying gaps in the literature and making suggestions for future research, as well as providing guiding principles that reflect the practice implications of the research we have presented and discussed.


Mixed-race parenting Black-white binary Mixed-race families Mixed-race children Community socialization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabienne Doucet
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marcella Runell Hall
    • 2
  • Melissa Giraud
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Teaching and LearningSteinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Student LifeMount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA
  3. 3.EmbraceRaceAmherstUSA

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