How to Foster Inclusivity With Our Children with Kaanji and Tara
Kaanji and Tara are the co-hosts of the podcast Motherhood in Black and White. They are GenX working moms whose volunteer executives for a non-profit aimed at bridging the racial divide in their community.
The Unspoken Topic
- Communities tend to self-segregate. We want to create inclusive communities for our children. We are better when we have diverse networks of friendships and we want to foster that for our children.
What We Cover
- The benefits of exposing your children to diversity when they are young.
- How to examine your own unconscious biases so you can model a new way to your children.
- The discomforts of saying the wrong thing and learning from others’ experiences.
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- Don’t let the fear and discomfort of opening your children up to a broader experience in the world stop you. It will only serve them more in the world.
- We want our children to be color conscious and color brave, not color blind and to create inclusive friendships.
How to Create a Diverse viewpoint in our children.
STEP ONE: Introduce.
- Introduce diverse toys, dolls that look differently than they do, diverse books, and more. So they can see a wider lens of the world.
- Examine your personal ideas around race and your own unconscious biases.
- Parenting with intentionality. Model diversity by having a diverse network of friends.
- Which way do we go to keep our children safe during COVID.
How is it different for each of you to raise different race teenagers?
- They have different conversations with white teenage sons than black teenage sons. What is accepted behavior from a white teenager is not the same for a black teenager. These conversations have been happening for generations. And it’s time we are able to change that.
Mama Has a Minute
- Favorite form of self-care: Hot stone massage.
- Best parenting advice ever received: Don’t worry about it, that kid is going to be fine.
- Parenting Hack: None.
- Product Child cannot live without: iPhone.
- Share 1 book: “Untamed.”
- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood means having your heart walk around outside of your body. Being responsible for another human and guiding them on this journey. It’s the hardest and most rewarding thing we’ve ever had the privilege to do.
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