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How to Talk to Your Kids for Racial Inequality and Social Injustice




Do you think it would be premature to start a lecture for your children on difficult topics such as racial inequality? There is no such thing so early. The child's brain can notice differences based on race from the age of 6 months, in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). At the age of 2 to 4 years, children can absorb ethnic prejudice, and by the age of 12, many children become embedded in their beliefs, meaning that parents have a very long touch to help inculcate core values, says AAP. Essentially, your child may have noticed differences in skin types, although you haven't discussed them with them.

"Our children study these very sensitive topics from us, their teachers, their friends, and the media," says Asante Woods, a pediatrician at Mercy Center in Baltimore. "Therefore, if we adults do not address it, it is likely to come from another source. As such, it is important that people participate in the conversation - and even better, until the conversation starts - to listen, then direct the conversation with accurate information."

Rob Kidder, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Connecticut Children, agrees that a proactive approach is vital. "Research shows us that talking to children about issues of race, inequality and social justice can make big changes and leave lasting positive effects on a child's development," he says. On the other hand, failure to talk about these issues results in implicit biases, which may cause more problems. " show more...


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