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How to raise anti-racist kids

I remember when Rowan said a racist comment. He told my co-founder that his hair was ‘weird’ and that he didn’t like him because of it. I was mortified and had no idea how to handle it. 

Race. Parenting. All of it is messy. I spent the weekend researching how to raise anti-racist kids. One of the best resources was a podcast from NPR on the subject. Here are some of their tips:

  • Build positive associations with diversity. Talk about your heritage and encourage others around you to do the same. Talk about how differences make us great. 

  • Buck the stereotypes. Show a range of characters in the books and media that show all different types of heroes or princesses.  

  • You don’t need all the answers. If your kid asks a question that you don’t know the answer to, say “I don’t know, but let’s explore that together.”

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about the bad things. Be concrete and focus on the unfairness. Also talk about how people have overcome this in the past and the importance of allies. 

  • Walk the walk. Probably the most powerful thing you can do is have a diverse social circle. Kids mimic you actions more than anything. 

This is hard, but mama, you can do this. 

I hate to include this in this post, but I do need some help. For any managers out there, can you take 1-minute to fill out this quick survey for me today? Would be such a help!


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