I Am a Parent or Caregiver

Our goal is to help you to help children understand what race is, how it operates in society, and why race in America is important.

As a parent or caregiver, I am here because …

  • I care about my child having a healthy racial identity while appreciating and respecting others.
  • I want to learn more about how to help my child navigate the complexities of race.
  • I believe my child can be an agent of change against racial inequity.

Each of us has a racial identity, and racial beliefs affect all of us. In America, there is still much pain, confusion, fear, and anger around racial identity; it is no wonder that families struggle with what to tell their children. How do we teach such challenging subject matter? We are all the same in our humanity, yet we can be very different when it comes to our racial identity. How can we support our children’s pride in their racial heritage, yet discourage feelings of racial superiority or inferiority? This site is here to help you answer these challenging questions and more.

Our goal is to help children understand what race is, how it operates in society, and why race in America is important. We hope the ideas and resources help guide the conversations with your children as they discover how race plays a part in all of our lives.

Thank you for allowing us to aid you on this journey.

Topic Features

Pop-outs
Throughout the website, you will see pop-outs to provide additional content and or resources connected to the topic. When you see this symbol  , click to read more.

Stop and think!
As you go through the website, there are moments where we suggest you stop and take time to reflect. By pausing and thinking more about what you’ve read, it gives you time to process and absorb the information. During this time of reflection, we encourage you to consider the “why” as you make personal connections to the ideas presented.

Embedded Resources
To offer the most accurate and useful information, we have performed extensive research on each topic. Some of these resources appear as links within the text, and some listed at the bottom of each page. These resources will allow you to dig deeper into the subject and hopefully inspire you to achieve a greater understanding.

Let’s Think.
Our thinking evolves every day and can always extend further. “Let’s Think” are reflection points that encourage you to consider a few specific points covered on the topic page. These provide an opportunity to think about what you’ve read and tie concepts together while practicing self-reflection.

Let’s Talk.
Our goal here is to support your learning by exploring the topic in a broad, engaging fashion. “Let’s Talk” may suggest a topic of conversation with a colleague, offer a new perspective, or ask questions that require you to think differently about the subject. By connecting with others and openly talking about race, or even challenging our viewpoint, we can overcome the obstacles that prevent real progress.

Let’s Act.
Now that you have learned more about racial inequity, it’s time to act and work toward solutions. Some of these acts can be as simple as writing in a journal to further your understanding or identifying talking points when having difficult conversations about race issues. Our goal is to provide you tools to affect positive change, within yourself and your community.

Pay specific attention to the points labeled “Parent or Caregiver” in this section.

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