Here's the short story: Starting next month we'll have a new feature here on Musing Momma, shining the spotlight on multiracial families (or, families who just happen to be multiracial, because that is only one part of who a family is, right?!). I'll explain the spirit behind this feature first, and then at the end of this post you can find more information about how to get involved.
One of the things I love about blogging is the opportunity to connect with other parents in multiracial families. I don't get to do this much in my "off-line life" and I'm guessing this is the case for many other people as well. Just as it is important for our children to see themselves reflected in the world around them, it can be really valuable for us as families to see that we aren't "the only ones." I've found it so validating just to see other multiracial families, not to mention when other parents share experiences or feelings that are similar to my own. And when others have a different perspective on something than I do, hearing their opinions gives me something to reflect upon and reminds me that our experiences are as diverse as our families. I have learned so much just in the past several months from "talking" with other parents in multiracial families - their blog posts, comments, and emails give me a lot to think about.
I'm certain I'm not the only person in a multiracial family who feels this way. More and more blogs focusing on multiracial families have popped up over the past few years, and some of the most popular posts on Musing Momma are related to parenting biracial kids and being part of a multiracial family! (The #1 most-read MM post on the topic? Interracial Relationships & Identity.)
Beyond the fact it can be fun "getting to know" other multiracial families, there are unfortunately still a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes about people of color and multiracial families, and what better way to dispel myths by creating a series of stories that reflect the real experiences of multiracial families? I hope these stories will show that in 99 out of 100 ways, multiracial families share the same struggles, pride, and love that any family shares. Race is only a small part of our family experience.
So that's where the Spotlight on Multiracial Families comes in. On a regular basis (I hope!), we'll feature specific families. How you are multiracial doesn't matter. All are welcome! We cherish diversity here!
If you are interested in being a featured family, I would love to hear from you! You can send me an email at musingmomma(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a comment below letting me know how I can get in touch. I'll email you the list of "interview questions" and you can respond to as few or as many as you'd like. We'll agree on the final post together, include a photo if you have one you're willing to share, and your family will be part of this project to bring multiracial families into the Spotlight!
Keep an eye out for the inaugural Spotlight on June 16!
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