It’s been a heavy week filled with so much tragedy and injustice. Parents, how have you addressed racism with your children? Was the conversation harder than you thought it would be?
I’ve talked to my son about race since he was old enough to talk. He’s now 16. I believe there are ALWAYS age-appropriate conversations that can be had and are very necessary during this time.
As parents it’s our responsibility to educate our children on how to be the best person they can be, teach them how to be kind, help them navigate problems to help them find solutions, and how make good decisions and stand up for what is right. As parents we may not always have the answer. If you are finding it difficult to talk to your children about racism, below are 5 resources that might help.
The Conscious Kid – The have a diverse children’s book library for children of all ages for reference and purchase centering around underrepresented and oppressed groups and a “Critical Conversations” part of their website where they have “critical conversations with authors, academics, and activists around equity, education, and literature. The goal of this series is to engage with issues of oppression, make information from academia accessible, and spotlight people doing extraordinary work.”
Litle Justice Leaders – This company offers monthly subscription boxes to teach your children about social justice. The company was created to help parents and teachers and to create an easier way to teach about tough topics. The resources are for children in grades K-8th grade, and include things like books, conversation starters, arts and crafts, games, projects, and other creative activities. You can even subscribe to a digital subscription or even a sibling subscription so multiple items will be sent in the same box.
Embrace Race – This website has over 30 different book titles specifically to help teach children and support conversations about race, racism, and resistance.
Raising Race Conscious Children – This website is a resource for parents, teachers, and other adults who want to talk about race with children. They offer interactive strategies, workshops, webinars, blogs, book resources, individual consultations, and even a podcast!
Today’s Parent – This website has a quick and easy list of 27 children’s books for parents to talk to their children about racism. They have photos, descriptions, and even break each book down by age. You can find books for as early as 0-2 years old! They also list the price of each book have the link to buy each one!