3 Diversity and Inclusion Strategies for Home

Why Teaching Diversity and Inclusion is Important

Our kids have more access to information; consequently, they are learning more and more than we may have at their ages. Many want to raise confident and empathetic children who appreciate and celebrate differences. To do that, we have to extend ourselves beyond how we were raised and how we may currently live. The world is constantly changing, so we want to commit to creating a space where our kids can be curious and brave in learning about themselves and others.

How to Teach Diversity and Inclusion in the Home

When it comes to consciously parenting and interacting with children we welcome questions. Asking questions show that children are seeking more information to make sense of the world, and we are the trusted adults who they are looking at to help them. Rapid fire kid questions can be quite overwhelming, but it is important that we don’t discourage or shame them because we don’t have time or are uncomfortable.

Be Curious

  • When asked a question about a topic and you itch a little, take inventory of your feelings and thoughts about the topic at hand. Why does this question make me feel this way? Why don’t I want to engage in this conversation? Why do I think my child is too young to know about this topic?
  • If you don’t know much about the topic, take the time to learn more about whatever topic they are are asking about. Communicate with your child that you need time to find out more and that you will get back to them. BUT ACTUALLY GET BACK TO THEM.
  • Get ahead of the game. Look at how you want to incorporate diversity into your home, and start your research. Do you need to know more about the indigenous and native people whose land on which you live? Start researching. Would you like to learn more about diverse religious holidays? Find a list, find local events, and learn more.

Be Brave

  • Being brave means we recognize that there are differences even with all our similarities. We know that differences doesn’t make someone right, wrong, or better than someone else. We want to learn more about the shared experiences of others and come to new understandings.
  • After doing your research, take a deep breath, and answer your child’s questions. Sometimes discomfort means we are the cusp a discovering. Find how you want to communicate in a clear and age-appropriate way.

Be Committed

  • The world is always changing and so are we. If we are going to raise culturally aware children, we have to commit to learning, growing, and teaching. Model what it means to value diversity, justice, and community.
  • Find trusted educators, resources, and learning communities that will help carry you through the journey.