Ep. 83 – Developing Identity Confidence in Mixed-Race Homes with Dr. Jennifer Noble

by | May 12, 2021

Ep. 83 – Developing Identity Confidence in Mixed-Race Homes with Dr. Jennifer Noble

by | May 12, 2021

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Ep. 83 - Developing Identity Confidence in Mixed-Race Homes with Dr. Jennifer Noble
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As a country (and world), we often try to fit people into boxes regarding their race …

Black..

White.. 

Asian.. 

Hispanic…

But, we are missing a huge sector of the population (over 9 million people in the United States!!), that don’t just fit into one of those boxes.. They fit into two, maybe even three or four. 

Many times, we are doing our world & our children a great disservice by forcing our kids to “check a box,” and to choose which race they identify as, and by not acknowledging that MANY of us have identities made up of multiple races. 

Dr. Jenn Noble is a Psychologist, educator, & champion for all marginalized communities and the parents trying to raise their teens within them. She shares her wisdom with us today on helping mixed-race children with identity development.

For all of the families raising mixed race kiddos… Your children DO NOT have to decide where they belong. Your identity is not a box to be checked. Your identity & your kiddos identity is made up of all the beautiful and unique parts of what makes you who you are. 

For families who may fit into just one of those “boxes,” this is a time for us to stay in learning and understand our neighbors better. 

Let’s be sure to notice color, encourage our kids to understand they can have “many boxes” & support our kids to be confident in their identity! 


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Episode Highlights:

  • Jen’s time with MASC (Multiracial Americans of Southern California)
  • Starting identity confidence at home
  • Recognizing that society doesn’t make space for mixed race
  • What is a phenotype
  • Preparing children to be judged by their phenotype
  • Mixed race kids do not need to choose which race they identify as  
  • Encouraging mixed race kids to identify as who they are and continue to grow
  • Utilizing children’s books to teach about mixed race

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