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Teaching our kids about diversity is crucial but not always easy. We all want kids who are globally minded and not just tolerant of but accepting of differences–kids who see the colors and textures of the world and its peoples for all their beauty. But the world will teach our kids other lessons about diversity and race when they are out in it, and it likely won’t be the positive, peace-and-love messages we hope they will receive. That’s why it’s critical to have our own conversations with our kids about our skin color differences and all forms of diversity, including our cultural and ethnic backgrounds, languages, disabilities and sexual orientation. Conversations about diversity at home will help equip kids with the tools they need to make sense of things they will hear and see in the world.
But these conversations can often be tougher ones for parents to manage, sometimes not knowing what is right to say, what’s too much or too little. We need prepare and educate ourselves first. Below are some resources to help parents do just that:
25 resources for teaching kids about diversity
“NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children,” chapter 3 (but the whole book is worth a read)
Reading diverse picture books with kids, including books that talk about race, is a great starting point for opening up conversations about all types of diversity. Here are a few suggestions.
Rosa Parks: Rosa