Talking to Children and Youth about Race and Racism

Updated on Mon, 06/08/2020 - 1:53pm

Talking about race can be difficult to navigate with adults and children alike. We believe that family conversations are the catalyst to better understanding, but also understand that conversations can be tricky and change depending on factors such as family dynamics, socioeconomic class, community connections and personal experiences. There are no quick fixes to the complexities of race conversations, but here are several resources that may aid families in conversations with children.

How to talk with your kids about racism, from ParentToolkit.com:

  • Actually talk about it
  • Set the example
  • Navigate their curiosity
  • Make it relatable
  • Address mistakes
  • Be an advocate

Read the full article on ParentToolkit.com: English | Spanish

Conversations by Grade Levels

Not Too Young to talk about Race

Graphic courtesy of the Children's Community School.

For a full article with conversation topics by level (Toddlers, Pre-K, Elementary, Pre-Teens/Teens), read this article from Aha!Parenting and Dr. Laura Markham

Colorado Children's Hospital Conversations by Age Group

Further Resources