Welcome back! This is a continuation from my last post about talking to babies about race. Well, not really talking--it was more about exposing them to it. If you missed the last post in the series, check it out here. Anyway, in addition to the suggestions for the babies, there are some great ways to talk to toddlers about race. Toddler's minds and vocabularies are growing at an incredible rate. They are verbalizing quite a bit more, but they are still not ready to have full-blown conversations about race. So the idea is to take things a step beyond simple exposure and lay the foundation for talks that you want to happen later. Here are some ideas:
This is the time when kids are starting to talk. They are not ready to have intense conversations about race, but the topic can be introduced to them more directly now.
Remember that this list builds from the last one. Many of the suggestions in the Babies post are applicable to Toddlers and Preschoolers so check it out and apply some of your favorites. Do you have other ideas? Post them in the comments below! And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter! Check back in a few days for tips for a slightly older set of kids: School-Aged Kids.
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