Resources for Black Lives Matter

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We are in solidarity with the fight for justice and we support the protesters. We acknowledge the overwhelming majority of protests are peaceful. We are choosing to focus on what is important which is the inequity and injustice people of color face, and the power of peaceful protests. It is easy to be distracted by the negative reporting we see, but having open hearts and minds allows us to empathize with those who face injustice.

Below are resources to discuss these difficult topics with our children. Future generations will look to us and it is our responsibility to help them make a better world filled with equity, justice, and empathy.

For parents in the ex-pat community:

Expat Actually is a blog created by Whitney, a member of the ex-pat community. Her blogs offer advice to help you navigate the rollercoaster of living abroad. She recently posted a blog about what those in the ex-pat community can do right now for children, who are our future.

For parents in general:

This resource, from The Children’s Community School, a learning community that honors and empowers children to engage their whole selves in education, talks about how children are never too young to learn about race. Check out this great infographic that explains how young children learn about race.

For parents of children with autism spectrum disorder:

Social Stories can be used to teach social skills such as taking another’s point of view. Below is a repost from @b_the_peds_ot on Instagram. The caption reads, “Here is a social story that can be used to start a conversation with your kiddos. It can also be used as a template to create your own individualized story. ⁣Created by: Early Childhood Family Education – St. Paul”

Still having a hard time deciding how to teach your children about race? Here are a few more resources:

10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race

Lastly, we wanted to provide resources to help you find children’s books that address racism:

Worldwide Speech’s Top 5 Favorites:

Together we can make a difference!