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It’s A Beautiful Rainbow World
This post isn’t easy for me. It’s actually really important – and I struggled with how to go about this. I have brainstormed a number of different ways, scenarios, angles, and situations – and I could only come up with the simple is best method. Being a homeschooling family, it seemed logical to talk about how I help my children and myself appreciate this Beautiful Rainbow World that we are lucky to live in. In reality, it’s only through life, that these very important lessons can be taught.
Parents – Look to Yourselves
I think a lot of people try to put off this type of learning onto others. They will learn it in school, or in church, or when they reach the 7th grade. I’m guilty of it myself. I’m not going to worry about it, it’s not important now. In reality, by the time they hit the 7th grade, it’s too late. The learning start in infancy – when the baby is goo-goo – gaa -gaa ing. Your kids look up to you as their role model. You, are their first teacher. They emulate your thoughts, your actions, and your ideals. Yes. When you speak or act negatively towards group of people – even in the name of religion – they think it’s okay.
It’s not okay.
We need a generation of parents who say that it’s not okay – and strive to be different.
This reminds me of a meme by Maya Angelou.
Wish I Could Have That Day at LabCorps Back
A few weeks ago, my children and I were sitting at LabCorps. I was waiting to get some blood test, one of the myriad of tests that OB’s recommend for pregnant women, and one of the only tests that I actually consented to take. Anyway, while we waited, the TV was set to CNN, and my son commented and said…“Look at all those guys with guns. They look really scary. What are they doing”?
In general, I shield my kids away from the news, mostly because it’s depressing and worrisome. So, I looked up at the TV, gave a huge sigh, rolled my eyes and said – “Hadyn, I don’t want you to worry about that, okay”?
I totally blew it. I should have taken the opportunity to teach him about the importance of loving unconditionally. In hindsight, I should have explained to him the importance of respect for others – even when they have other views and believe in other things – and what happens when you have a lack of understanding. I should have told him, that no matter what, it’s not okay to separate, discriminate and kill – even if it’s in the name of Jesus, Allah, God, Buddha or whomever. I should have taught him to “seek to understand”.
How do you Teach Children about Diversity?
Seek to Understand
I have no problems – and actually, I love – teaching my children about other religions. If you are educated, you are better able to think better about things. When you see biased news reports or opinions, you can make educated opinions based on fact, rather than fear mongering and hate.
Expose your kids to all kinds of different foods, arts, music and religions. Celebrate other religious holidays by making foods and talk about traditions. Do multicultural crafts and read multicultural books – from the youngest of ages.
We did just that here, when we learned about Passover.
A Beautiful Rainbow World – A New Book Promoting Diversity
Authors Suzee Ramirez and Lynne Raspet
Based on the music by Daria Marmaluk-Hajio
This book is simply a collection of pictures from around the world. It shows the beautiful diversity in all of us. It’s set to the lyrics of Daria’s song, a Beautiful Rainbow World.
It’s a book that embodies love for everything and everyone around us. To show us that diversity is beautiful and should not only be respected, but revered. We are pretty lucky – we are able to live in a world where we can learn from each other. This is what this book is about.
Your child will see a variety of skin colors, ages, and clothing.
This book is masterfully done. The bright, beautiful illustrations bring our beauty to life.
With the purchase of this book, you will receive a free download of A Beautiful Rainbow World by Daria.
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MLK resources and coloring pages.
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