Transracial families

Rory Hadley, Blogger & Mom, shares advice for parents in transracial families on how to answer people's curiosity and questions about their family
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Transracial families

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I think people have a lot of curiosities and questions when it comes to transracial families. One of the things that surprised me most was how curious people were about my daughter's hair. I never realized that until people starting coming up and touching my daughter's hair without her permission. I think that's a big violation of her personal space. If you have a question about my daughter's hair, please ask me; and definitely, ask my daughter before you just start pawing through her hair. We spend a lot of time on hairstyles and we also teach her to protect her hair and not get stuff in it. We don't know where your hands have been, and we would prefer it if you would not violate my daughter's personal space, especially without her permission. We'll be more than happy to talk with you about it, but definitely keep your curiosity and your hands out of my daughter's face.

Rory Hadley, Blogger & Mom, shares advice for parents in transracial families on how to answer people's curiosity and questions about their family

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Rory Hadley

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Rory is a wife, a blogger, and a transracial adoptive parent of an African American girl, who joined the family through domestic adoption in 2007 at a mere six days old. A self-described tomboy and computer geek, Rory had little knowledge regarding her own hair, not to mention no prior experience with the unique hair and skincare needs of children of African descent. Making it her mission to learn everything that she could, Rory started chronicling her experiences for other parents who have found find themselves in similar situations. Since the launch of her blog, Chocolate Hair / Vanilla Care in 2010, people from all over the world have been able to share in her journey as she demonstrates new hair styles, outlines step-by-step instructions, reviews products, and discusses the many aspects of what it means to be a transracial family in today's world. Rory hopes to continue exploring identity, respect, and empowerment, using hair as a common language.

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