09 May Teaching Children That Being Different Is OK
The world is becoming globally competitive; people are migrating from one country to another at a much faster rate.
It is very important to teach children the difference of culture and how despite our differences we can still work together as one.
Despite the progress of technology, a lot of children have yet to understand the importance of respecting the differences, and it is the role of parents to teach children how to establish respect for other people who do not have the same skin color, social background, religion and cultural beliefs
No one is born a racist, the idea of racism starts once a child picks up damaging assumptions from the environment where they are living in.
Parents have to be observant and they should be ready to provide answers once their child starts asking about these differences.
Why do you need to teach children to avoid being a racist?
A lot of problems in the world could have been avoided if people from all walks of life learned to respect each other’s beliefs. By teaching children early about these differences and helping them understand what these differences mean, we have a chance of avoiding unnecessary fighting and violence.
1. Teach children to be fair and to have a sense of justice
Parents can have a huge impact on the moral compass of their children. If children are brought up to be respectful of others, then there is a bigger chance that they will carry it through life. Children must be taught to be fair and to uphold morality. To have a sense of justice, to protect people if they are being attacked verbally or physically, to have the guts to stand by the rights of other people because we are all one as human beings.
Contrary to popular belief, children have a keen inborn sense of justice. They are built to protest loudly when they or someone else is being treated badly. This sense of justice runs deep. You probably can remember times in your childhood when you or someone you cared about was attacked, verbally or physically. You didn’t have to be told that this treatment was wrong and should be stopped immediately. You just knew.
2. Parents need to learn how to treat their children with respect.
Children learn by way of example, no matter how many times parents preach to their children. If the parents do not apply this to their life the children will not learn anything.
In order for children to learn how to respect others, their own parents should show them through everyday life by respecting others.
Parents need to learn how to appreciate their child regardless of what they can or cannot do. In doing so, they would teach the child to be accepting of people despite their differences.
Parents have to avoid putting their child down, they have to avoid putting labels on their kids, to avoid using put-downs and hurtful words so that they will not carry this stereotyping as they grow older.
3. Parents have to be supportive
The business of teaching children to respect others differences, can be supported by parents being willing to attend to their children’s curiosity about others. Parents have to be able to explain why people act the way they do, and to avoid transferring any judgment they might have for other people’s culture and beliefs.
4. Parents should avoid physical violence and must never shame their kids.
In order for children to grow up as respectable people, parents have to avoid physically attacking them, shaming them in front of others or blaming them. These kinds of attacks will usually leave emotional scars on children which could lead them to believe that certain people deserve to be harmed or mistreated.
In order for children to avoid having distinctions over others, parents need to learn how to respect their own children.
5. Parents should live a life worthy of example
Whenever racism occurs in the neighborhood, parents should talk to their children about the existing differences between people; they should explain that while we might be different from others in color and beliefs, we can still get along. Parents have to live by example, they must be the first one to stop using racist tones when interacting with others, and they have to be careful with their words and to avoid stereotyping.