1. Routines are good. Ours includes a daily, post-breakfast dance session. There’s nobody else around except you and the baby, so own it and be ridiculous.
2. Beatboxing. It stops her crying every time. That and 89.9 all classical FM radio with our favorite host, Christa Wessel.
3. Drop in baby/toddler gyms (like the one at Peninsula Park). An entire baby-proofed gymnasium of padded mats, balls, and tunnels? It’s a wonderland for her and my chance to lie on the floor for only a buck. We’re there every day.
4. Lay off Instagram. As much as I want to document every cute thing she does, the moments I’ll never forget are the ones where my phone is in the bottom of the diaper bag.
5. Be patient. Some days it can feel isolating when most of the other stay-at-home parents you see are white women. But eventually you’ll find other parents you relate to.
6. Stretch. I make a point to stretch whenever I’m on the floor playing with her. Gotta stay limber to keep up as she figures out this world.
Bi-racial children often times feel that they must choose one culture over the other. A child of African American and Caucasian decent specifically may feel uncomfortable around Caucasian children or vice versa.
Although technically they are apart of that race, there is still an unspoken divide that makes them feel like an outcast.
Just being present is not enough.