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Talking About Race

Today’s headlines and the Black Lives Matter movement make it clear: It’s more important now than ever to have healthy, ongoing conversations with our children about race and racism in our country. In this space, Metro Parent is focused on giving you resources, perspectives and advice to start creating change where it matters: right in your own home.

Online Black-Owned Toy Stores

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Looking to support small businesses owned by people of color this holiday season? Grab your kid a toy or two from these online Black-owned toy stores

Overcoming America’s History of Racism and Segregation

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A local mom talks about how Black women have fought injustice throughout America's history and continue to do so, despite the heartbreak.

14 Bilingual Picture Books for Kids

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Whether you need a book for a child that speasks Spanish or you want to teach your child Spanish, these bilingual picture books for kids have you covered.

A Conversation Between Mom and Daughter About Race

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A local mom from Birmingham shares a candid conversation she had with her daughter about being Black in America today.

Kids’ Movies with Anti-Racist Themes

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Educating kids on racism is a great way to raise kids who stand up against racism. These kids' movies with anti-racism themes are a great way to start.

The Color of Autism Hopes to Empower Families

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The Color of Autism Foundation works to educate and empower Black families of kids with autism through ongoing parent training and other resources.

Detroit Librarian Pens New Book

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S.F. Hardy, a Detroit librarian was frustrated that at the lack of books for boys and kids of color so she wrote one made just for them.

Tips to Explaining Black Lives Matter to Kids with Disabilities

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Everyone needs to talk about the racism and inequality that has plagued our nation. Here are some tips on explaining Black Lives Matter to kids with disabilities.

9 Black-Owned Clothing Brands for Kids and Babies

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Looking to support more Black-owned businesses? These Black-owned clothing brands offer adorable outfit options for kids.

9 Ways to Practice Self-Care During Black Lives Matter

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A global movement for equaltiy can have a huge affect on our mental health. Here are a few ways you can practice self-care during Black Lives Matter.

Building Better Men Mentoring Program Inspires Young Men in Detroit

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The Building Better Men program focuses on building up Black and Brown boys through mentorship, classes and community support.

The Importance of Racial Representation in Toys

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A Detroit mom of two talks about the wake-up call she had while she and her daughter looked for a doll at Target and the importance of representation in toys.