CALLING PARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, GUNCLES, ETC:
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1. Teach about and celebrate difference
Use positive and inclusive language when pointing out that not everyone looks the same, and that is something to be celebrated! Keep it simple, but be honest. Children notice race from a very young age, so whilst some may feel they are too young to understand, it is important we don’t shy away from the topic and give the impression that race is a taboo subject.
2. Teach about the importance of fairness
At this age (2-6), children are navigating social situations through the lenses of fair and unfair. Empower your children to use their voices if they see something wrong or unfair. These are values every child can relate to – encourage your young person to carry these values into every situation, especially in school.
3. Broaden horizons
Make sure you are incorporating diverse representation in your child’s learning. This should include suitable children’s books that talk positively about race and identity, but also books that include everyday characters from different backgrounds. Follow this fashion when choosing toys, watching movies, and playing games.
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