Race is back in the headlines – it never really went away. Your kids are going to hear about it, from teachers, from friends, from the things they see on TV and the internet, on shows and movies and in advertising. But as a parent, you want to set the tone and you want to control the message.
We’ve done some homework for you and curated a few resources and guides to help you approach this important conversation.
[Parent Toolkit] This is a great compendium. First of all, have the conversation. Sure, take a minute to plan out what to say and how to say it, but do not avoid it. It’s staring us all in the face. Consider your kids ages and maturity level to steer the conversation in the right direction. However, as with most other messages you want to get across as a parent, it’s as much about what you do as it is about what you say. Set a good example.
[Parents] Another fantastic resource. You can make teaching your kids about racial differences an experience. Go to museums. Surround yourselves with all kids of people. And remember, this is not a one shot deal. This has to be an ongoing conversation.
[WBUR] An interesting interview which shows that there is a conversation to be had with your family, no matter what ethnicity you identify with. Parents have the responsibility and authority to guide and teach their children. This means discussing and sharing viewpoints about touchy subjects like privilege, injustice, and bigotry. Spend as much time listening as talking and you will have a clearer sense of what ground needs to be covered.