How to Talk to Kids About Race



Race is one of those touchy subjects you don't really want to get into because you're afraid you might mess up.

But the fact is that as early as three years old, children are classifying people based on their appearances, and so the worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all.

Talking to kids about race needs to happen early, often and honestly.

Saying honestly,"Yeah, people are different, cultures are different, but that's a good thing".

"How boring would it be to have a crayon box that all had the same color"?

There are so many ways to approach racial conversations.

You can use Dr. Seuss books, you can use any sort of pop culture reference.

There are many, many movies, animated movies especially, that form a good entry way.

So it's helpful, especially as a parent, to watch the movie beforehand maybe or read a plot summary and say,"Well, what's happening here"?

Or,"Look at all the other princesses. What do you notice about them? Do you think anyone can be a princess"?