Answering countless questions throughout the day is something parents know all too well—especially if their young child is in the “Why, why, why?” phase.
Most of the time you can probably get away with a simple response; but when it comes to sensitive topics such as race and diversity, the answer requires more attention and thought.
How do you respond to challenging questions about race and social inequality?
First, remind yourself that a child is simply expressing natural curiosity. There is often a lot of cultural diversity in schools and cities, and children are perceptive enough to notice that some people look, act, and may be treated differently than them.
While you might find it easier to avoid questions about racial and cultural differences—particularly in public—you shouldn’t be. Such questions can be a great opportunity to teach your child about respecting and appreciating differences, including the different cultures children and adults come from.
Experts have found that talking to children about race is a good thing—even at a young age. It’s why there are multiple K-12 programs focused on cultural diversity for kids. And why teachers learn how to promote cultural diversity in school.
Why is cultural diversity important for students? Because it teaches children to respect and appreciate racial and cultural differences in everyone. In an increasingly diverse world, children need an ability to accept and understand others. The more they’re exposed to and learn about cultural differences, the brighter their future can be.
Teaching children about diversity may seem like a daunting task, but there are simple things you can do to integrate these conversations into their daily lives. Take a look at some of the ideas below to help your child embrace different cultures and backgrounds: