My daughter is the first one in my family who was born in America and lives with me only. She faces many challenges: from people not knowing how to pronounce her name, to being asked if English is her first language, and feeling different from others. I always tell her that being a first-generation American with a single parent makes her path unique and exciting and that she can still achieve the same success in school as other kids and have fun, too! I emphasize to her that we speak English really well in the family but that she is happy and lucky to also speak a second language. I try to share our culture with her friends from different backgrounds by having playdates and attending social events. I encourage her to learn about the cultures of her other friends.
Alexandra recommends the following next steps:
- Make a list of the things that stress you out and think about what you can do to address them
- Make a list of the positive things about your situation and share those with friends