Since Respect is the character word for February, this group's discussion addressed how parents can teach their children to include others and respect differences. The counselors provided the article posted below as a talking point about how children can be taught to respect racial differences. Participants offered suggestions including encouraging children to play with different kids and exposing them to a variety of people and activities. The article highlights the importance of explicitly talking to kids about race and discrimination, as these biases continue to be present in our society. Showing respect and including others who might be different are skills that we teach at Lafayette and can be reinforced at home.
Do you have other ideas about how to talk to kids about differences and including others? Please post in our comments section!