How to Have Conversations Around Diversity and Inclusion with Akhila Das Blah
Akhila Das Blah is Co-Founder of Indigrow, an organization whose purpose is to diversify every child’s playroom with multicultural books, games, songs and stories to raise a more culturally aware, kind and empathetic generation of tomorrow.
She’s an educational consultant with over 15 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, teacher training and designing creative learning experiences in the field of early childhood, and has also been a parenting columnist for one of India’s leading newspapers.
The Unspoken Topic
- Conversations around diversity and inclusion needs to happen in early childhood. This is where big change happens.
What We Cover
- How to have conversations about diversity and inclusion with our children.
- Creating more cultural experiences for families and ourselves.
- Celebrating diversity in an authentic way.
- How to ask questions around diversity that are not rude.
Take a Listen >>
- Support your children’s curiosity by celebrating differences early. Start having those conversations with your children.
How to Have Conversations Around Diversity and Inclusion
STEP ONE: Focus on what the differences are (rather than what is the same) and what makes us unique, special and what makes us who we are as individuals.
STEP TWO: Examine what comes up in ourselves around having these conversations with our children. What is our implicit conditioning and unacknowledged bias?
STEP THREE: Look at your life and where the gaps are in your cultural events. What kind of friends do I have? What kind of food do you eat? What kind of places do you go to?
STEP FOUR: Address the gap in diversity that is in your life.
STEP FIVE: Encourage your children to ask why. It is okay to ask why do you have a turban on your head? Why is your skin different from mine? It’s all about HOW we ask these questions.
Rules She Uses In Her Home
1. Don’t hurt yourself.
2. Don’t hurt others.
3. Don’t hurt property.
Most Excited About
Seeing her children growing up and the lessons she’s been teaching them, come up through them.
Mama Has a Minute
- Favorite form of self-care: Morning guided meditation and tea after.
- Best parenting advice ever received: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Parenting Hack: One on one time.
- Product Child cannot live without: IndieGrow Kids.
- Share 1 book: The Boy, The Fox, The House and The Mule
- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is gratitude. the privilege of witnessing these beautiful lives she gets to help grow.
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