I was always slightly worried about my children and their accents. I am American, N is English. We live in England. I always worried that perhaps my children would be mocked at school or by friends for having a hybrid-accent (which is what I have). Do you think it could go either way? That having a bizarre accent to go with their mixed-race skin tone will make their exoticness seem sort of cool? I hope so. I hate the idea that my kids will feel out of place like I did growing up.
But it doesn't seem (so far) that I should have to worry about accents. Why? Because Elliot doesn't have even a trace of an American accent. It's all English. The one, ONE thing I insisted upon before giving birth to either of my children, is that they would call me 'Mommy' or 'Mom' instead of 'mummy' or 'mum'. Elliot decided to ignore that memo and firmly calls me 'Mummaaaaaaaay' It makes me wonder if I'm not such a big influence on his language as I thought I was. Surely, I am his biggest influence, having stayed at home with him everyday for nearly three years?
Edited to add: I just found this article on the Daily Telegraph that says 'Parents' regional accents may harm children' which explains that toddlers are more responsive to the pitch of the English accent, specifically over the North American accent.