Teaching Multicultural Kids to Embrace Their Unique Identities

By Iggy and Yve, Guest Contributors

When we met while pursuing our Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management Master’s degrees in Washington D.C., there was an instant connection. We were separated for two months right after, but there was something there that was worth fighting for. Four years together and two kids later is proof of that. When people see us together, their first question (while continuously pointing back and forth at the two of us) is; “how did this happen?” It is a question we have come to love because we have chosen to tell our story in order to inspire others. To show them that it is possible for people from opposite ends of the world to fall in love and build a family. See, Yve is from Kenya and Iggy is from Nicaragua with Mongolian roots. 

As time went by, we realized that this was a question that our children would be asked regarding their parents. We started to ponder what their responses would be and the manner at which those questions would be asked. Would they make fun of them or make fun of their parents? Would they be fascinated or irritated? Anxiety gripped us often as we started to entertain the idea of homeschooling our babies in the future.

However, we took a step back and examined our own backgrounds. Faith and fear cannot coexist, right? How did our parents raise us? Did they shield us or allow us to have innumerable experiences? Each of our set of parents worked hard to expose us to various cultures as they traveled and worked around the world. It was not easy joining a different school every other year or maybe sometimes within the same year. Instead of complaining about the constant changes, we basked in the beauty of the diverse characters that we met and came to respect.

In doing this, we realized that our children’s multiracial features were their most precious assets. They were what people will come to admire. They are a year old and three years old and comprehend four of the eight languages we speak. They represent four different continents and are the epitome of what happens when various cultures embrace each other. We hope that they will realize how “cool” that is when they are in school and conversing with their peers.

We cannot anticipate how the world will treat our multicultural children in the future, but we can do our best to teach them to love our and their differences. In fact, it is our duty to not only empower them, but to teach them to be humble and tolerant of people from all backgrounds. After all, it is at the core of who they are.

Iggy and Yve

About Iggy and Yve

We (Iggy & Yve) are parents, but we are also a married couple in an interracial relationship with all its challenges. Most forgotten is that we are individuals, and we knew when we got together that we did not want to lose our identities. We are globetrotters, global citizens, and we have seen the world.

We want to bring the world and our experiences to you. We would like to help you maintain your individuality, your uniqueness, even if you are in a relationship or have children. We would like to share with you things that have worked for us as individuals and as a family.

To learn more about Iggy and Yve, visit their blog and follow them on Instagram.

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