Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Is That Your Child? Mothers Talk about Rearing Biracial Children

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Is That Your Child? Mothers Talk about Rearing Biracial Children

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Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd. IS THAT YOUR CHILD? MOTHERS TALK ABOUT REARING BIRACIAL CHILDREN. Lanham,MD: Lexington Books, 2009, 134 pp. Price: $55.00. ISBN: 978-0-739 1 -2763-6 (he).

Drawing on semi-structured interviews, in this book Kilson and Ladd examine the child rearing experiences of 21 middle-and upper-middle class mothers of Black- White biracial children residing in the Boston metropolitan area. In their book, the authors share their own personal experiences of raising biracial children during the 60s and 70s (chapter 1), describe the challenges and rewards of raising biracial children (chapter 2), present profiles of the interviewed mothers (chapter 3), and in conclusion, identify lessons learned from the interviews (chapter 4).

As a mother of a school-age Black- White biracial daughter, I read Kilson and Ladd's conversation on their own personal experiences of raising biracial children in the 60s and 70s with much interest. Despite the generational differences, several of their experiences (e.g.,) resonated with me. In addition, as a scholar whose research focuses on biracial children's social-emotional and cognitive development, I found chapter 2 in which the authors identified several rewards and challenges associated with raising biracial children particularly insightful.

Chapter 3 contextualized these mothers' experiences by providing more information about these mothers' life circumstances and demographic characteristics. …

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