Kids watching the news or feeling the stress and uncertainty in parents might not understand why adults are anxious. It’s never too early to talk to kids about race, but parents aren’t always sure what to say. These sources help parents start to talk to kids of all ages about tolerance, race and equality.
A site dedicated to teaching teachers helps with webinars, articles and tools to give parents resources to start conversations with their children.
- Teaching about police violence (good resources for grades 6 and older)
- The Let’s Talk series contains webinars to give guidance for conversations about Black Lives Matter, Whiteness and Gender Issues
- Discussing Abuse of Power using teachers as examples of bullying behavior
- Five tips for helping preschoolers understand tolerance
The site rounds up stories from psychologists and psychiatrists to help parents learn about parenting. Teaching tolerance reminds parents:
- Kids copy our actions and words
- To answer questions honestly using words and descriptions appropriate to age level
- Choose media that properly expresses your values
- Treat children with respect and model your respect to others
- Learn about other cultures and traditions
Created and run by parents of color, the space is an educational non-profit to help parents understand and navigate the dilemmas of race, equity and education. There is a membership cost to join the community, or follow The Conscious Kid on Instagram.
Scholastic helps parents teach and understand tolerance with younger children (preschool and kindergarten) by telling stories and helping kids role play. The publisher also recommends using things you know your kids already love – books, music, dolls and blocks –to introduce other cultures and experiences.