Thank you for your partnership in talking with your children often about racism. Our families of color must have these conversations on a regular basis, most likely daily.
Our youth are making sense of the world around them and they need our help. Here you can find tips and resources on engaging in challenging conversations with children:
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your child about what’s happened. It’s ok to share your feelings and experiences.
- Promote a sense of safety by acknowledging the racism and violence, and ask your child if they have any questions or concerns that you could talk about together.
- Use age-appropriate language (e.g., talk to elementary-school-aged children about the importance of being a good friend and valuing each other’s differences).
- Remind them that there is good in the world – model being supportive of other cultures.
- Share ideas about how your child can respond to racism that they may have encountered.