There are two big rules we follow in this house: communication and respect. We communicate how we feel at any given point, and we respect each other’s values, experiences and opinions. Since having our son Zak, we’ve vowed to instill these as we raise him.
I’ve always wondered how I would introduce the topic of race to him. Putting in the work and researching the Black Lives Matter movement this past week has made me realize that there is no perfect time or place for conversations like this. They need to be introduced NOW and they need to happen constantly. As part of our two big rules in this house, it is my responsibility to teach my child/children on how to be kind and compassionate towards others no matter what their race, gender, religion, appearance or values may be.
For parents who are not sure how to start these conversations, we’ve had success through reading. Here are some children’s books (in no particular order) we have and highly recommend: