Talking Race With Young Children

Listen to this segment of the NPR series Parenting: Difficult Conversations created by KQED and Sesame Street by clicking here.  Hosts interview parents and expert Beverly Daniel Tatum about how to talk to children about race and racism.

“Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here’s how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

A few things to remember:

  • Don’t shush or shut them down if they mention race.
  • Don’t wait for kids to bring it up.
  • Be proactive, helping them build a positive awareness of diversity.
  • When a child experiences prejudice, grown-ups need to both address the feelings and fight the prejudices.
  • You don’t have to avoid topics like slavery or the Holocaust. Instead, give the facts and focus on resistance and allies.”

 

 

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