Positive Attitudes About Diversity
These five pointers for developing cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity can make sensitive topics easier to explore with your child – who has already begun noticing and considering cultural and ethnic differences.
What You Need to Know
Everyday, children see and interact with different races and ethnic backgrounds, and research shows that children as young as three can identify such differences.
How You Can Help
Help your child develop cultural awareness, appreciation of cultural differences and traditions, and build positive attitudes toward diversity:
- Talk about people's differences in a positive way to help children appreciate special qualities of all people.
- Emphasize similarities among all people to help your child understand that all people are more alike than different.
- If you, with your child, overhear a harsh remark about someone or a group of people based on cultural or ethic differences, be sure to make clear to your child that the words or actions were unkind, hurt others, and are never acceptable.
- If you hear your child saying something reflective of prejudice, don't chuckle it off or let it slide in embarrassment – offer guidance to show him the unkindness and unacceptability in what he's said and done.
- Create opportunities for your child to meet and play with children of different races and ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and family structures.
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