Mixed Raced Families and Active Kids
Do you struggle to mesh two cultures? Mix race and multiculturalism is on the rise. Marriages spanning countries and continents too. If you’re one of these families this is your stop. Did you know that the U.S. population is now close to 6.9 percent of people identifying as multiracial? Over 10 percent of babies born in 2013 were of mixed race descent. Only 4 of 10 people who are of mixed race consider themselves to be mixed race. All according to the Pew Research Center in a 2015 study. Mixed families are on the rise three times faster than other groups.
My husband Greg and I met in China studying abroad, fell in love, got engaged, then went home to our separate countries. We got married here in the United States two years later. For the last three years, we’ve been here for the most part. My husband has been back to his country twice. Once for Christmas two years ago and then again for his political campaign over the summer and into the winter this past year. His trip was 5 months long. During that time we realized how insanely different we are and how much of our differences affect our family.
Between family dynamic, education, gender roles, politics, and even religion hold major differences. Even though our values are similar, our upbringing was totally different. Greg grew up in Liberia while I lived in a small town in the Pennsylvania all of my life. He spent his childhood dodging bullets and missing school, while I grew up with a close-knit, homeschooling family. Greg was waiting for his mom to get home from work on his front porch while my mom was home with me and my brothers as a stay at home working mom. He grew up with his step-father more than his own dad while I had my distant father.
We hope to race our mix raced active child as happy and healthy as we can. And in our rut of helping out with my aging father and our lower than average income. Stuck with family that really needs us.
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