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Talking to Kids About Race

I Have The Big Job Of Teaching My Black Children About Police

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Police, at this point in my children's lives, continue to represent and practice safety, assistance, respect and justice. But I know the day is coming when my children will stop being adorable little kids who garner high-fives and smiles and compliments from adults.

What Parents Need To Tell Their Kids About The Baltimore Riots

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The riots in Baltimore are all over the news. As a parent, it would seem like the best thing to say to your kids is that riots are bad, that violence isn't the way to solve anything. But that would be missing the point -- and missing an opportunity.

I Don't Know How to Talk to My Kindergartener About Race

Karen Cordano | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Does it help to talk about it? Do I dare talk about it as a white woman who is incredibly privileged? Can I do something to help? Is trying to do something to help an example of privilege trying to solve problems it doesn't understand?

Dear Starbucks Barista: Don't Talk to My Family About Race

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

We are conspicuous. And almost every question we encounter from strangers stems from our racial differences: Are they all yours? Are you babysitting? What country are they from?

Having The Race Talk With My 4- And 21-Year-Old Sons

mater mea | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
mater mea

The challenge is knowing when to tell your child that the world looks at you differently, that it isn't fair, and that your very life may be in danger because of what you look like. After you figure out when to unleash that heartbreak, you have to be prepared to fortify them and help them learn that they are strong, beautiful, and worthy of better.

I Took My Kids To The Protest

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

They have a deeply informed perspective on this. Kindness and fairness are a big deal in their lives.

White Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Discrimination

Jennifer Keys Adair | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Jennifer Keys Adair

Parents of white children should not wait to talk about race until their children bring it up.

Are We Living Dr. King's Dream, Or Just Talking About It?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

It's easy to give our kids lessons from a book, but if we really want to honor Dr. King's dream, then diversity should be reflected in our lives.

Kieran Romney and the Paradox of Transracial Adoption

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

White parents that espouse "love is enough" are, in fact, doing Black adoptees a huge disservice, potentially exposing their children to a high degree of racial identity confusion and a poor ability to effectively cope with race-based mistreatment.

An Open Letter To Parents Of White Children

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 10.13.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

We don't assume pat answers are adequate for enabling our children to learn to navigate relationships, nutrition, sexuality, religion, emotions or any other challenging reality. Why should race and racism be any different?

Teaching Children About Race and Cultural Differences: Thoughts and Advice From Two Mothers

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We cannot and will not ever have control over what our children are exposed to outside of our homes. But we do have a lot of control over what we communicate with and model for our children.

Let's Show Respect for Inner City Students

John Thompson | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

School "reform" is only one of the indignities that my kids face. The high-stakes testing that is driving meaningful instruction out of the urban classrooms is just one cross that my kids must carry.

The Daddy, the 'Girl' and My Burgeoning Identity

Christine Sachs | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Christine Sachs

For my daughter, it's totally normal to think of "mommy" as an Asian woman and the blonde "mommy" as just some girl.

37 Books That Teach Kids About Race

Kristen Howerton | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

As Black History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share some resources for talking to kids about racism, in terms of both the historical context of our country and the present-day issues of prejudice.

The Topic I Struggle To Talk About With My Son | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents

As a liberal, white woman, this is not an easy thing for me to address. I am the product of much progressive diversity training and I've always followed other people's lead in how they want to discuss their race. I don't know how to begin the conversation.

What Color Am I?

Josie Loza | Posted 03.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Josie Loza

Alejandra's father is black. I'm Latina. He ate grits and greens. I ate chorizo and tortillas. Before we had children, we had lengthy discussions about how we would raise our kids. Now that Alejandra is in pre-kindergarten, she wants to know where she fits in among her peers.