When Should We Begin Talking to Kids About Race?

Have you ever wondered when is the right time to begin conversations with your child about the realities of race and racism in our world?

It is never to early to begin these conversations with our children.

We are living in a world that often sends confusing messages to kids about identity, culture, and race.  Sometimes we hear, “True love is color blind!”; or in Christian circles we might hear, “Skin color doesn’t matter because we are all one in Christ”, but the reality is Sunday is the most segregated day in America; and what we see in the classroom, our parks and our neighborhoods tells a different story.  Color does matter.  What we know from educational, developmental, and spiritual study is that it is never too early to begin conversations and engage teachable moments about race and racism with your children.

In fact, if we don’t help shape their worldview, someone or something will, even as early as the toddler and preschool years.

At Quest we have created a safe space for kids to explore their identity; celebrate the things we have in common with each other, as well as our differences; and consider God’s love for all people and how we are called to live in the world because of this great love!  We have helpful resources for parents as well.

Read this helpful guide for beginning these conversations in your own home!

 

 

Posted in Multiethnic Family Ministry.