George Floyd’s tragic death opened up so many conversations about parents who are “color blind” and/or refuse to talk about racial topics in their homes.
There were many parents who I had spoken to, that said that they did not want to expose their children to such atrocities in life at such a younger age. Most of these parents were “white” I will not lie when I say that I was a little angry. The country was awakening to the movement of “BLACK LIVES MATTER” and there were some who would rather “brush it under the rug”
My older daughter was curious about why this was happening to only Black People and we as a family sat down both our daughters and explained to them about the painful history of African-Americans in the United States and around the world. It was an important discussion to have in our household because we want to raise well-informed young adults in this world that is ever-changing.
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND SKIN COLOR:
You will be surprised to learn that children are very receptive to information that you give them as parents. Please don’t think even for a moment that your children are not aware of what is happening in the world. Here are a few tips to help you talk to your children about sensitive issues as these:
Where you are in terms of ‘privilege’ in the society?
Talk about how people from different parts of the world look different; have different religions and are from many different cultures?
Tell them about history that is relevant to where you are staying.
It’s okay to tell them that some people were “mean” to others.
Tell them everyone deserves Respect and Love in the World.
I hope many of you after reading this decide to have the tough conversations to raise well-informed young adults who respect each other.
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