Adults all over the world are overcome with anger, sadness, disbelief, and an evolving wheel of emotions over what is going on in the world today. Our kids hear more than we think – and they react to our stress even if we think we aren’t showing it. They look to us seeking comfort and guidance – and to help them understand topics that, even for adults, are impossible to grasp.
Our communities, both around the world and online, are exploding with hurt over racism and police brutality. We, as parents, are faced with either having to have the same conversation again (with no new answers or hope to give) or grappling to find the right words if we’ve never discussed the topic before. One thing we know, without a doubt, is avoiding the topic is not a solution.
GoNoodle believes firmly that everyone deserves to live in a world free of hate. As parents, teachers, and leaders to our future generations, the responsibility is in our hands to open the eyes of our children to systematic racism and instill in them how to identify it and then work to put an end to it. So, where do we begin?
We live in an age where most information is readily available at the click of a button or the swipe of a finger. Learning more about the world around us has never been easier or more convenient. However, the constant stream of information is overwhelming and often leads to our kids getting visibility into a situation before we have prepared ourselves to address it. And, this convenience can’t be considered a benefit until we come to realize that learning is not the same as understanding.
We need to empower our children to know that true understanding comes when we not only have the awareness and knowledge of something but when we finally acquire the discernment of how and when to use our knowledge to the best of our ability. It doesn’t mean we have all the answers right now – no one does. But, we need to bring our kids comfort, honesty, and some starter tools so they can become the future we all hope to see. Below we have provided a few resources that might help answer some of the questions we find ourselves asking – or at least offer a place from which to start the conversation. We hope these will offer help and guidance as you navigate these difficult times with the children in your life.
Starting The Conversation:
USA Today spoke with Beverly Daniel Tatum, a psychologist and author of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race” here are some suggestions we found helpful. Check out the article for more ideas.
Other Resources For Parents:
Here at GoNoodle, we aim to empower kids and turn curiosity into compassion. We are deeply aware that now, more than ever, compassion begins at home. We know that approaching these difficult conversations will not look the same for everyone. We know that the questions that are asked – and the answers you give – will be varied and vast. But it is our sincere hope that the ultimate outcome of the work we all do with the kids in our lives in the coming months and years will lead to a true and lasting change to an inclusive, safe-for-all world.