I’ve been quite over here and on social media. Using this time to listen, reflect, research and educate myself in ways that I can help, and in ways that I can do better.
I’ve paused from posting on my Instagram feed and blog last week to help amplify voices of the black community. I’ve found a lot of valuable resources, for myself and to help teach my children about anti-racism.
Of all of the things I learned last week. I recognize the need to start at home. As a mom of two, my own home is the first place we are working. My children are part of the next generation and I have the responsibility to teach my children about diversity, justice and anti-rasicm.⠀
“The most important work you will ever do, and the biggest influence you will ever have, will be the work within the walls of your home.” @stylefitfatty
If you are similar to me and you’re not quite sure on how to start those conversations with your little ones – here are a few resources I’ve found helpful:
- Danielle Coke | @ohhappydani
- Not Sure How to Talk to Your Kids About Race? Here’s How to Start
- @wanderandwonder.studio | RAISING LITTLE ALLIES-TO-BE *Free Download*
- CNN | How to explain racism to kids
- The Conscious Kid | @theconsciouskid
A few books:
- LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE by Julius Lester
- WE ARE DIFFERENT, BUT THE SAME by M. Alvarado
- A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
- Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
- The Every Mom has created a couple additional lists| 33 Books Featuring Black Heroes and Characters That Every Kid Should Read + 50 Children’s Books That Represent Diversity
Change takes effort and does not happen over night. Don’t wait in fear of conversations being uncomfortable. No one expects things to be done overnight but a step in the right direction can build on conversations that will last a long time.
Those little ears are listening even when we don’t think they are listening. Let’s talk to our kids & let’s be the example.
If you have any other resources or articles, please feel free to share!