Show your elementary schooler how to see beauty in diversity

Show your elementary schooler how to see beauty in diversity
Posted on 04/02/2021

Your child knows that no two people—or families—are exactly alike. But does he accept and appreciate this? Respecting people’s differences is the first step in becoming a responsible citizen.

You can nurture your child’s respect for diversity if you:

  • Are a positive role model. Kids are naturally open-minded. When parents show respect for others—through actions and words—children imitate them. Let your child know that while people can be different from one another, they also have a lot in common.
  • Learn about other people by leaving your “comfort zone.” Visit a new place. Try a new food. Read books about other ways of life. Watch an age-appropriate movie that gives your child a peek at another culture.
  • Speak openly about diversity issues. It’s normal for your child to notice differences. They’re fascinating and amazing! Correct any stereotyping with kid-friendly explanations.
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