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White Parents Talk to Your Children abour Racism

White Parents, Talk to Your Children about Racism

Several years ago, I interviewed a dozen white parents of white first and second graders, and surveyed a few dozen more, at the school...
resources for white parents to learn about racism

Resources for White Parents to Learn about Racism

How to support white children in unlearning racism? It starts with the parents.  I picked my all-time favorite...
Childrens books about racism and injustice

12 Children’s Books about Racism and Injustice

As Indian-Americans, my children experience racial microaggressions every day. However, we are equally very aware of the...
5 Ways White Parents Can Start Talking about Racism with Their Kids Today

5 Easy Ways White Parents Can Start Talking to Your Kids about Racism

It’s Hard for White People to Talk about Racism Many white people do not feel comfortable talking about...
Preparing children for racism

Preparing our Children for Racism, Part 2

After my six-year-old’s first brush with racism, I had to act. So how do we prepare our children for racism? Start early, remember and examine our own experiences, practice coping methods ahead of time, build self-esteem and a strong sense of identity, teach them to tell an adult, and show them how to take action.
Preparing our children for racism

Preparing our Children for Racism — Part 1

How do we prepare our children for racism? Here is what I learned from other parents, experts and my own life: Start early, remember and examine our own experiences, practice coping methods ahead of time, build self-esteem and a strong sense of identity, teach them to tell an adult and show them how to take action. Here's what I mean.
How racism destroys us all

Why Racism Destroys Us All: Lessons from the Documentary “American Promise”

The criticism that the filmmakers of "American Promise" have faced for filming their kids over the course of 13 years misses the point entirely.

Explaining History and Racism to Grandpa

The importance of understanding history and politics in raising multicultural kids.

Racism in the Extended Family on the Holidays

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the day we gratefully drive back to our own home in our own town with our own way of doing things, and are stuck in the car together for hours and have no choice but to talk to each other. I call it the post-holiday debriefing (and I recommend this in my Multicultural Toolbox workshops as one strategy for combating racism and intolerance in the extended family).

Best Diverse Children’s Audiobooks

This is the age of road trips with so many people foregoing flying in favor of driving. Audiobooks are a great way to pass long...

A Teen’s Perspective on How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

After the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the rise of the Black Lives Movement has started many overdue conversations about race....
Anti-Racist Books for Babies 2

Anti-Racist Books for Babies

It’s never too early to begin reading anti-racist books to your baby. Some people fear that if they raise their kids to notice diversity...
Why Diversity in Childrens Books Matters

Why Diversity in Children’s Books Matters

Since I read primarily books by Asian-American women writers to supplement my very traditional dead white guy literary education, my children do not have to wait until college to discover women writers and writers of color in a women's studies class.

How to Talk to Kindergarteners about Race

One of the key goals in my kindergarten class is to create an inclusive and safe community of learners. The understanding I want my students to have when they leave my classroom is that we are all different in some ways and alike in others and that by understanding and recognizing our differences and similarities we are participating in an essential part of building a just, inclusive and safe environment. Here are the steps I have taken in my classroom to make this happen.
raising confident asian American girls

How to Raise Strong and Confident Asian Pacific American Daughters

A few years ago, I took a seminar called, "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters." My husband laughed at me. "Could our daughters be any stronger or more confident?"

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Ages 3 to 8

The topic of race is too often reduced to encouraging our children to ignore the racial differences around them, with the idea that this will result in creating a “colorblind” child who is more inclusive in her ability to see beyond color. This approach is inadequate and does not promote inclusivity. The following is a developmental guide to talking about race for ages three to eight.

Why We Need to Read Multicultural Children’s Books

Children need to see the world around them reflected in books.
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10 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Child

10 things you may want to consider before sending in that adoption application.

What I Can Do as a White Mom After Darren Wilson’s Acquittal

How do I explain to my kids the racism that does not come in the form of explicit laws and overt, blatant prejudice?

A Year of Multicultural Picture Books for the Global Child

If you have not been including diverse books in your reading diet, this is a great beginner’s guide that will last you for the year.

Why Raise Global Citizens? An Interview with Homa Sabet Tavangar, Author of Growing Up...

Why raising global kids is so important and the one quote everyone should keep in mind.

Exploring Quito with Kids: Things to Do

As I relive the city of Quito of my childhood with my kids, so much has changed. There are many more possibilities for families to experience the city. Here's a bunch of things to do in Quito with kids.

How to Teach Kids about Race and Social Justice: One Teacher’s Approach

For years, I tried to talk about Dr. King without talking about racism. I thought my students would understand the themes of courage, social justice and empathy by talking in general terms about Dr. King’s dream of an inclusive world. I was wrong. So I came up with a new approach.

My Son was Bullied for Looking Different

When my son's patka (small Sikh turban) was pulled off his head at school, my initial reaction was to educate the children about what the patka represents. I was hoping that the bullying incident might have encouraged his teachers to become more culturally responsive. I was very wrong.

I’m Your Nanny, Do You Really Trust Me?

The first week of my new job coincided with the heavily media-covered murder of two children by their nanny in the Upper East Side of New York City. This horrific tragedy, in which the young siblings were brutally stabbed to death before the killer tried to take her own life, was a frequent subject of conversation between me and my boss in our first days together.

Good Versus Evil Barbies for Christmas

This year P has been adamant that she is asking Santa for Barbies. This makes sense, as nearly all her friends have them and there’s nothing like peers to create a need where one didn’t previously exist. I vowed I wouldn’t cave in to things I really disapprove of but I do have a number of good memories playing with my Barbies.

Mixed Up about Racial Politics and Parenting

This black American father ponders the language we use to talk about race and wonders, what exactly should he call his child that his white wife and he have brought into the world? Is he mixed? Multicultural? Biracial? All these terms have their own set of difficulties.

Want to Raise a Global Citizen? Follow Soccer!

Soccer teaches kids eight key lessons about global citizenship
10 Reasons Parents Should Read Diverse Books Kids

10 Reasons Parents Should Read Diverse Books to Kids

Given recent discussions around the New York Times article, “How to Read Racist Books to Kids,” it became even more important to me to analyze what it is that we've come to accept as mainstream in children's literature today. What should our kids be reading instead? What are the big bookstores really missing?
This article discusses why it's critical all parents read books that reflect diversity.

Open Letter to Barnes & Noble

We love the diverse selection of books your offer and how much fun our children have browsing through books and games every time we come in to your store. We frequently purchase books for presents on our way to a birthday party but we always notice something is missing when we browse the children’s section: more multicultural children’s literature.

A Multicultural Feast: 7 Fun Children’s Books on Food

Foods embody cultures. And food-themed books are a great way to sample and savor cultures. Here are seven wonderful picks from around the world that we’ve enjoyed in our family.

What’s an Asian? Race and Identity for a New Generation

My eight-year-old daughter did something a few weeks ago that surprised me. She asked me what “Asian” meant. For my kids, a person is either brown like us, dark brown or yellow haired.

Real Intercultural Family in the U.S.: Korean and English

This American family incorporates two distinct cultures that are not their own and they all are learning Korean.
Babies and Sleep

The West’s Strange Relationship to Babies and Sleep

We have a weird relationship to babies and sleep in the West. In the majority of non-Western societies, babies sleep with their parents--if not in the bed, then in the same room. So do young children. It is only in industrialized Western countries that sleep has become a compartmentalized, private affair.

A Different World: No Longer Brown in White America

Growing up brown in White America and wanting something different for your kids.

Safeguarding Multiculturalism

The debate that is often in the news, about the failed multicultural policies of many European countries, is one that interests me since I lived as an immigrant in Germany.

Cultural Stereotypes

I have been an expat for almost 13 years or roughly one-third of my life. I grew up in Northern Germany and moved to the South in 1990 so really we're talking about 21 years that I have not lived "at home."

Parenting Against Society

Do you raise our children for the society we hope one day exists or with the skills to fit into our current one? Where is the balance struck?
On Beauty and Adoption

On Beauty and Adoption

A simple fact of adoption is your adopted child will not look like you and your extended family. This can be had to accept.

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