The protests around the world after the murder of George Floyd have shown parents that we need to be talking to our kids about racial inequality. But how do we do it? Many white parents feel awkward and uncomfortable bringing it up at all. In this episode, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard, both child psychologists and co-authors of the book, Something Happened In My Town, share with us about how to talk about racial inequality with kids.
1. Little kids can understand concepts of racism and fairness
2. You are going to say the wrong thing—that’s okay. Still talk about it.
3. Start with questions: “Why do you think that might happen?”
Ann Hazzard, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, formerly on the faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is a co-author of Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice (Magination Press, 2018).
Marietta Collins, PhD is a clinical psychologist at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is co-author of “Something Happened in Our Town”, her first children’s book.
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