Talking to Children and Youth about Race and Racism
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
Conversations by Grade Levels
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
- Read Colorado Children's Hospital's "How to Talk About Racism and National Protests with Your Children"
- Sesame Street and CNN hosted a town hall on racism for kids and parents
- List of several resources for students, families and staff
- 7 Things to Do When Your Kid Points Out Someone’s Differences, by Rachel Garlinghouse.
- Talking With Children About Racism, Police Brutality and Protests, by Laura Markham.
- 6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children, by Bree Ervin.
- List of diverse children’s books to support conversations on Race and Racism