Thursday, October 19, 2017

Resources for Talking to Your Kids About Race

After my post the other night about ways to support my bi-racial sons, I had several friends inquiring more about how to talk to their own kids about race. 
This is a hard question that I am honestly not sure I have a great answer to, so I rounded up some resources I've seen, read myself, or seen shared in groups I am in. I have not personally read or listened to every word in all of these, just a little disclaimer. But I think they are all great resources from people who have a lot of wisdom on this topic. 

Why You Need To Talk With Your Kids About Race Podcast 

Race and Parenting: Why raising 'colorblind' kids is actually a terrible idea (includes helpful suggestions for different age groups!

Raising Social Justice Warriors   (helpful 'guide' on how children think about race at different ages)

Here's How To Raise Race-Conscious Children  (more resources at the bottom of that post!)

Teaching Tolerance : How white parents should talk to their young kids about race

Racing Race Conscious Children (TONS of resources and great conversations) 

Race Conscious Children facebook page

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help

Why I Talk About Race When I Read With My Toddler

Here are some great book lists to get more diverse books into your home, which is an amazing way to open up conversations about race in the early years.

37 children's books to help talk about racism & discrimination  

28 black picture books that aren't about boycotts, buses or basketball

Diverse Book Finder 

19 Multicultural children's books teaching kindness & empathy

Where's the color in kids' lit? Ask the girl with 1,000 books (and counting)

I hope that this is a helpful jumping off point for many of you! These conversations are important to be having with children of all ages, for every family! After going through all of these resources I'm thinking I am going to have to do a post on some of our favorite diverse children's books soon! 

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