12 June 2020

Talking to your kids about racism

It can be hard to talk to your children about racism. Some parents worry about exposing their children to issues like racism and discrimination at an early age. Others shy away from talking about something they themselves might not fully understand or don’t feel comfortable discussing.  Conversations about racism and discrimination will look…, How to talk to your child about racism, The way children understand the world evolves as they grow, but it’s never too late to talk to them about equality and racism. Here are some age-appropriate ways to start that conversation: Under 5 years At this age, children may begin to notice and point out differences in people they see around them. As a parent, you have the opportunity to…, Celebrate diversity, Try to find ways to introduce your child to diverse cultures and people from different races and ethnicities. Such positive interactions with other racial and social groups early on helps decrease prejudice and encourages more cross-group friendships.  You can also bring the outside world into your home. Explore food from other cultures, read…, You are the example your child follows, Parents are children’s introduction to the world. What they see you do is as important as what they hear you say.  Like language, prejudice is learned over time. In helping your child recognize and confront racial bias, you should first consider your own. Take every opportunity to challenge racism, demonstrate kindness and stand up for every…