Do young kids (and babies) really see race?
Welcome to this season of the EmbraceRace podcast, How Kids ACTUALLY Learn About Race - we're so excited about this launch!
On this first episode, hosts Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas briefly share the backstory of EmbraceRace, and then dive into a conversation with developmental psychologist Tara Mandalaywala about what we know about whether and how babies and young children perceive racial differences. Most importantly, they talk about how to translate that understanding into everyday parenting and caregiving choices. Listen and find all the links, supports and related info below.
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- How does it feel to know that children are noticing skin color, observing racial patterns, and developing racial preferences and biases within the first few years of life?
- What are the messages that the toys, books, and other parts of your child's home or school environments sending them about race? Who is represented?
- How comfortable (or not) are you communicating about race and skin color openly with young children? How could you practice?
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3. Learn more!
- “They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race”: The Science of Early Racial Learning by Christina Rucinski
- Not finding inclusive, kid-friendly art? Try books! by Tara Mandalaywala & family, includes pictures of Miles, a genius decoration hack and a peek at the family's current books in rotation
- Seeing, Noticing, and Talking About Differences with Young Children by Madeleine Rogin
- Webinar Video: Why & How to Talk to Young Kids About Race with Nicol Russell