Badass Moms Club

027: How Parents Can Talk To Their White Kids About Race & Racism

June 10, 2020 Season 1 Episode 27
Badass Moms Club
027: How Parents Can Talk To Their White Kids About Race & Racism
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Badass Moms Club
027: How Parents Can Talk To Their White Kids About Race & Racism
Jun 10, 2020 Season 1 Episode 27

Before we even begin, I want to note that this episode is geared towards white parents with white children. Yes, a lot of what is said can be applied to other races & mixed races but those conversations will also look/sound differently as there would be conversations around being on the receiving end of racism & all that it encompasses (i.e. systematic racism etc), discrimination and more.

The conversation around race & racism has to start at home. Firstly, we need to start with ourselves by looking inward at all the things we've been taught, led to believe, think, feel and say around race and racism. I recently posted an episode talking about this as well as listing resources for further education & reflecting. You can listen to Episode 26 here

Once we have a better understanding of our own shadows and the areas we need to unlearn, learn & reflect on, we can then start focusing on our children. The sooner we start these conversations and role modelling appropriate behaviour...the better. But don't be worried if your children are older as it's never (ever ever ever) too late.

In today's episode we are going to cover the following:

1. The thoughts & feelings babies and kids have around race & racism based on their age
2. Age appropriate conversations to have with our kids to help educate them on race and racism

Overall

These are the key points to remember:

  1. Keep the dialogue open forever
  2. Foster a relationship where your children feel comfortable asking questions
  3. Listen to your kids
  4. Remember: it's a journey. You will make mistakes & that's ok. Be open & honest when you do and keep pushing forward
  5. Model the behaviour you are teaching your kids
  6. Look inwards - the best place to start is with yourself!

If you wish to connect further on this topic, please message me on Instagram so we can chat! My IG is: jeshessels

Show Notes

Before we even begin, I want to note that this episode is geared towards white parents with white children. Yes, a lot of what is said can be applied to other races & mixed races but those conversations will also look/sound differently as there would be conversations around being on the receiving end of racism & all that it encompasses (i.e. systematic racism etc), discrimination and more.

The conversation around race & racism has to start at home. Firstly, we need to start with ourselves by looking inward at all the things we've been taught, led to believe, think, feel and say around race and racism. I recently posted an episode talking about this as well as listing resources for further education & reflecting. You can listen to Episode 26 here

Once we have a better understanding of our own shadows and the areas we need to unlearn, learn & reflect on, we can then start focusing on our children. The sooner we start these conversations and role modelling appropriate behaviour...the better. But don't be worried if your children are older as it's never (ever ever ever) too late.

In today's episode we are going to cover the following:

1. The thoughts & feelings babies and kids have around race & racism based on their age
2. Age appropriate conversations to have with our kids to help educate them on race and racism

Overall

These are the key points to remember:

  1. Keep the dialogue open forever
  2. Foster a relationship where your children feel comfortable asking questions
  3. Listen to your kids
  4. Remember: it's a journey. You will make mistakes & that's ok. Be open & honest when you do and keep pushing forward
  5. Model the behaviour you are teaching your kids
  6. Look inwards - the best place to start is with yourself!

If you wish to connect further on this topic, please message me on Instagram so we can chat! My IG is: jeshessels