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How to talk about race with toddlers
Corlears SchoolFebruary 24, 20211 min read

How to Talk About Race and Identity With Toddlers

Our identities, sense of self, and awareness of other people’s identities begin developing from an incredibly early age. Children as young as 2 years old are aware of their physical self and how that compares to those around them, their abilities, and what others say about them.

Parents and guardians can support their children in developing a healthy sense of self and internalize accepting, positive messages about diversity starting at the toddler stage. Mansi Vasa, Corlears Director of Equity, Inclusion & Community Life, provides these tips:

What can we do to support our children?

  • Self-reflect:

    • How do I respond to differences in identity?

    • How do I respond to my child’s observations and curiosities?

    • What do I consider “normal”?

    • How do we expose ourselves to diverse groups of people (race, family structure, class)?

  • Expose children to a diverse range of identities and possibilities.

  • Increase your own comfort level in discussing aspects of identity.

  • LISTEN. Address stereotypes directly. Explain differences, don’t ignore them.

  • Introduce language so your child has the words discuss what they’re observing.

  • Be a gentle guide and good role model. What they see, hear, and say matters.

  • Explore questions with your child and with other grownups. Tou don’t have to have all the answers!

  • ABCs = Affirm, Be Honest, Continue the Conversation!

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Looking for more? Check out our other social justice resources, and click here to learn more about Corlears’ longtime commitment to teaching elementary students about social justice and identity.