Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2019

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24 Hudson Valley Parent n January 2019 to our children as if they were some kind of genetic science experiment." Some of the obvious and invisible challenges might go unseen. "Young children may not have verbal or cognitive skills to process how they feel and a lot of times there is an automatic hit to self-esteem," says D'Arcy. There can be a range of emotions but the best thing you can do is to remain patient with him. O'Brien Edwards says, "My 8-year-old daughter knows that just like all children, she has physical and personality traits of both her parents," and insists that with time things get easier. "Marcella is happy and comfortable with the fact that many kids don't look exactly like their parents." Find and show support You may want to consider going to counseling or joining a support group as a family or individual. The pediatrician can be a friend and advocate in promoting good mental health as you tackle this contemporary issue. It will be comforting to see that you are not alone. As your child grows and develops through the various ages and stages you will hopefully find that you and other Hudson Valley families have more in common than you do differences. "Love matters, happiness matters, respect matters," says O'Brien Edwards. "It doesn't matter what our ethnicities are. Each child is handsome in his own way," Vianney-Benca agrees. Jamie Lober, author of Pink Power (, is dedicated to providing information on women's and pediatric health topics. INTERRACIAL FAMILIES (Continued from Page 23)

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