Raise a Goodwill Superstar Challenge Day 1: Embrace Differences
Children begin to notice racial and ethnic differences between the ages of three and five. As moms, it helps to have an open line of communication and answer any questions your kids may have. Today's challenge is to talk to your kids about the importance of embracing diversity.
Here are some tips:
- Model Behavior- Your kids are watching you all the time! They will emulate how you treat people whether your actions are subtle or overt. Lead by example by widen your circle of friends to include people from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.
- Silence Indicates Acceptance- If your kids say or do something that shows bias or prejudice, call attention to it. Tell them not to say it, how it can be hurtful, and ask them why they did it. If you remain quiet, they will think what they said or did is okay.
- Praise Positivity- Be sure to praise your children when you see them display behavior that shows respect and empathy for others.
- Talk About Differences- When talking to your kids, acknowledge the ways people are different. Discuss all the positive things about the differences like music, food, culture, etc.