- Growing up in a predominantly white small town in Indiana
- The different neighborhoods she’s lived in around Chicago and her experience with the different levels of diversity
- Her family’s reaction to her dating and marrying black man
- The experience of being an interracial family in different communities
- Discussing race with her children
- Teaching her children how to be a man of color
- How her friends with adopted children of color teach children about race
- The importance of conversations with your children about race and what it means and why you shouldn’t avoid talking with them about it even if it makes you uncomfortable
- Navigating discussions with racist family, friends, or neighbors
- If she’s found any language that has worked to open someone’s mind and viewpoint
- Race in Chicago Public Schools
Holly talks motherhood…
What would you tell an expecting mom about the experience of being a mother?
Be gentle with yourself! Don’t freak out about milestones, most kids eventually all even out. Figure out ways to care for yourself.
I’ve been married for 12 years and we currently live in Chicago in the Chatham neighborhood on the south side. We have four sons ages 9, 9, 6, and 2. For the last 8 years I have built a photography business but recently am transitioning back to my social work roots and am working at the non-profit my husband also works at. We are very involved in issues of justice, race, and alleviating poverty in our community. Along with homeschooling our boys, we love to be in nature, explore our city, and the Pacific Northwest would be our dream to eventually live.