This might catch a lot of parents off guard, since the older generation is still a bit hesitant about interracial relationships. Melanie Killen reveals that there is not only a difference of opinion between the generations on this topic, but the social taboo regarding interracial couples is also very much alive.
However, if your teen is facing such teenage relationship problems, it’s important that you keep your own emotions and biases in check and deal with this situation as neutrally as possible.
Angela Darland has worked in the field of early childhood since 1998 as a certified Early Intervention Specialist, trainer, conference presenter and writer.
(USA Today) Discuss the challenges of interracial dating.
Remind your teen that not everyone is tolerant of interracial romances, citing some of the challenges associated with interracial dating outlined by California State University, Fullerton including: being stared at, friends or family opening disagreeing with your choice, directly rude comments or lack of acceptance for the partner at family or social gatherings.
The type of conversation you have may differ depending on whether you live at home or if you are an independent adult.
If you're in an interracial relationship, you may be crazy about your partner but dismayed that others disapprove.
As open minded as society may seem to be towards interracial relationships in movies or on TV, in real life your teen needs to be prepared for social isolation.
According to a research conducted by California State University on the acceptance of mixed couples, the tolerance for interracial couples is lower than that of gay couples.
Talk to your teen about the kind of reception they might expect socially.
Though interracial unions are at an all-time high, prejudice and confusion still surround interracial dating. Melanie Killen (CNN) found that there exists a major divide between the generations on this topic, with teens more open to the prospect and parents still hesitant and concerned.
Telling Parents and Siblings if You Live at Home Telling Your Family as an Adult Dealing With Prejudices in Your Family Community Q&A Once socially frowned upon in some cultures, more and more people accept interracial dating and marriage as a non-issue these days.
One factor that still inhibits interracial relationships is a fear that family will react negatively and reject the relationship.