If They’re Old Enough to Ask the Questions, They’re Old Enough to Hear the Answers
You don’t need to know it all. Teach kindness. Teach compassion. Teach empathy.
The responsibility for change cannot rest on the shoulders of parents who already bear the brunt of our societal discrimination. We need to be speaking to our children, young children, about race as early and often as they’ll allow. These conversations can never be forced but they should always be seized upon. If our Young Ones have the wherewithal to formulate the question, they are never too young to hear a compassionate and revealing response.
How are you navigating this as a non-minority parent? If you are a non-White parent, what do you hope my children and others like them will hear from their caregivers? The Living Absolutely Facebook Page is the place for you to share your experiences and perspectives.
I strongly believe that the most effective way to combat the terrible injustices of which we have lately become aware (injustices that have been happening for far too long outside of the public consciousness) is to arm our children with the empathy and awareness necessary to do better than we have done.