Ask The Experts: How To Have Age-Appropriate Conversations About Racism

african american woman with her arm around her sonAs violence continues to erupt across the nation – like the White nationalist rally which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia which left three dead and over 30 others injured – you may be asking yourself, ‘how do I talk to my children about the racially-fueled event or racism in general?’ Whether you’re raising preschool-aged children or teenagers, the discussion is more vital now than ever. We must both prepare and protect our kids, ensuring they grow up to be compassionate and loving individuals. It may feel overwhelming and at times impossible, combating TV screens and newsfeeds filled with images of chaos and terror.

If you’re anything like me – raised in a diverse family and stuck – or simply don’t know where to start, experts weigh in on how they would approach discussing racism with kids, age by age.