How to Talk to Kids About Protests & Racism

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Some of us may struggle with the racism that we are seeing in our community and country, and how to respond. Something to remember is to: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Some of us may also have privilege because we are not black ourselves, so we often do not have the right words to say. However, we cannot stay silent on the topic. It is our duty to discuss these with our family and how to navigate the conversation. Two questions are posed:

“How do we talk to our kids about what is happening in the world right now?” and “How do we inspire changes by starting at home?” Discussing this topic brings about an acronym for the word LOVE.

L: Learn and Listen

It is ok to not have the right things to say now. But the important thing is to listen to other people’s experiences. It is important to also listen to your children regarding their thoughts about the recent events. Help them navigate their own emotions and provide them with information.

O: Offer Help & Hope

Provide your child with a shoulder to cry on and offer ways they can express their emotions and what they want to say. It is good to also offer hope and assure them that we can make it together.

V: Validation & Vulnerability

It is important to validate our children’s feelings as well as the pain of the communities that are hurt the most. We need to reinforce to our kids that they are human beings, it is ok to feel sad, hurt, or broken.

E: Empower

“Empower your child to recognize that they can voice their opinion, thoughts and feelings,” Chatters said. “And that you, as a parent, will be willing to listen to what they have to say. This is setting a foundation for many other positive conversations.” (P. 25)

As parents, older siblings, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, we often find ourselves at a loss for words. But through this, there is light at the end of the tunnel. All we need is LOVE.

At CSI Professionals, we highly encourage Love and Communication in this tough time. Check in on your family member or a friend. The smallest act of love and kindness will send ripples of change in our world.

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*(Please note that while these are information gathered on current news; this is reinforced by our opinion and may not be construed as a form of advice)*

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