Resources from EmbraceRace
Nurturing resilience in kids of color
Lift Up the Freedom Fighters: Making Resistance Part of Any Discussion of Oppression With Kids
by Mia Birdsong
“In talking about resistance, we give children examples of what it looks like to be agents of change. We show them that people who experience oppression are not powerless or mere victims. They can do something."
5 things to know if you love a mixed-race kid
by Sara-Momii Roberts
"While being a person of multiracial or “mixed” background can be highly idiosyncratic, there are some common themes across our experiences. I’d like to share some of these commonalities as a way to support parents, family members, teachers and others who want to understand what mixed kids in a racially obsessed society might go through."
An end to DACA? Helping children in mixed status and undocumented families relieve stress and anxiety
Dr. Lisa Gutierrez Wang interviewed by Mary Kelly Persyn
"We recommend that parents start by asking questions and listening carefully to how the child responds. Try to come from a place of curiosity. It’s important to begin with open-ended questions to get a better sense of what the child is hearing and understanding, and then parents can provide appropriate support."
Nurturing empathy and inclusion in all kids
Your 5 year-old is already racially biased. Here’s what you can do about it.
by Andrew Grant-Thomas
"In the United States, a lot of us believe that children, especially White children, are racial innocents — completely naive, curiously fragile with respect to the realities of race, or both. The truth is that well before their teen years, the vast majority of children are well aware of prevailing biases, and most kids, of all racial stripes, have taken on a bunch of their own."
“Would you like to eat now?” or “Sit and eat now?” Thoughts on culturally relevant parenting and teaching
by Sandra “Chap” Chapman
"During my years as an early childhood educator in a progressive school I experienced many more unfamiliar child rearing practices. I picked up on subtle differences in cultural patterns used by parents and caretakers at drop off in the morning and during pick up in the afternoon."
Raising kids to think critically about racial patterns
Why are all the white dolls sitting together on the Target shelf?
by Melissa Giraud
"What follows is the true tale of how my girls pushed back against racial injustice they saw over a month of errands at Target and how I supported them. It is an imperfect on-the-ground example of how to help young kids counter racial injustices and slights they inevitably witness, no matter how curated their lives."
How do we read books embedded with racism?
EmbraceRace on NPR with Rachel Martin
Here EmbraceRace's Andrew Grant-Thomas weigh in on the conversation on how/when/why/whether to read books with problematic racial representation to differently raced children. Context matters!
Supporting kids and adults to be racial justice advocates for all children
Raising Change - Involving kids in direct activism
by Ali Wicks-Lim
"When I invite my children to an action I offer them all the information I have. I will list the who, what, when, where and why of that particular opportunity. When I tell my kids about an action I also provide them with an alternative if they don’t want to participate. I feel like it is really important that they are making an active choice to be there."
A bedtime routine for Black Lives Matter
by Chris Crass
“'Harriet Tubman was a powerful Black woman leader, River, and we’re going to read this tonight because so many Black women are leading the movement for peace and justice and Black Lives Matter today.' I take a breathe and say 'And there’s another reason we’re going to read it,' and he says 'Because so many Black people are being killed?'”
Other valuable resources
Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
Compiled and updated by Border Crossers
Resource list, not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as we are made aware of more resources.
How to talk to your kids about the [racialized] violence in Charlottesville [and elsewhere!]
by Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times
Mental health experts who are also parents of color share advice for talking to children of different ages about racialized violence.
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
Valuable links to information and resources for immigrant parents, including a video that models interactions between parent and child and shows them how to respond, and comfort a child who faces the stress of bullying, and potential family separation.
Video: Hijabi World
University students—specifically, Muslim women who observe hijab—talk about the day-to-day challenges of wearing a headscarf.
How to talk to children about hate speech
Equal Justice Society
"Children need our help to see the smog—and once they do, they’ll need our help to navigate through it."
What do I say to students about immigration orders
Book Review & Activity: The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Raising Critical race thinkers
How to raise kinder, less entitled kids (according to science)
by Karen Weese, Washington Post
"If we understand a little more about the instinctive, irrational quirks of our kids’ minds, we’ll be better equipped to raise kinder, less-entitled kids."
Three Simple Ways to Address Skin Color Bias with Kids
SF Public School Mom
"Simple, developmentally appropriate ways to counteract internalized bias with your kids."