Amira Can Catch: A Message to Kids on Intolerance

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As parents, it’s our job to teach our children about the world. They may go to school to learn such things as history, math, and spelling, but we’re charged with the responsibility to instill values within them. In my opinion, there’s almost no greater value that we can teach than that of acceptance. Teaching acceptance is the key to our children growing into open-minded, tolerant, and responsible adults.


Children are amazing creatures: they’re curious, lively, and innocent. But they’re also capable of learning very quickly, and can retain many things we don’t even realize that we’re teaching. They can pick up on a small comment or even a change of tone, and before we know it, that small prejudice that exists within us and that we’re not proud of is their prejudice, too. These subconscious attitudes and biases are deeply held, and, while they might not be something we confront very frequently, they can profoundly affect the way our children interact with the world.


It’s extremely important that, as parents, we check ourselves regularly. While hopefully we’d never intentionally teach our children these inherent biases, they’ll learn them unless we’re careful. So, I advocate always telling our children to accept those who are different from them. Rather than fall into the habit of seeking out what’s familiar, encourage their curiosity and sense of fun by instilling in them the importance about learning about cultures, religions, and points of view that are different than your family’s, and celebrating them.


I do my best to always do this, whether I’m wearing my “parent” hat, my “little league coach” one, or my “author” one.  In my book series The Hometown All Stars, I strive to give readers (and their parents) simple life lessons through Nick, the main character, and his group of multi-cultural friends. It’s important to me that children recognize that many of the characters don’t look like Nick, or have different traditions than he does, but that the group can always come together and play ball as a team.


I write my books for very young children, and that’s because I firmly believe it’s never too early to expose children to people from all walks of life. The earlier we begin to instill that value of acceptance, the more they’ll carry it throughout their lives, long after they’ve left our constant care. This way, generations of children will learn acceptance simply by living it: it will just be the normal state of things.


This education in tolerance will truly build our children into better adults. If we’re diligent, and really commit to it, I truly think we can eliminate that misguided fear of people who are different entirely. That world— the one that truly celebrates diverse backgrounds and recognizes the strength in having many opinions and experiences working together— is one I would love to see. It’s the brightest future I can imagine, and as parents, we can help make it happen.


Kevin Christofora

Christofora, a father and little league coach, hopes his books will inspire children to play outside more often. A devotee of America’s pastime, he aims to teach young people about baseball and the habits of a healthy lifestyle in the form of a fun and educational bedtime story. 
He has appeared on ABC News, ESPN Radio, 660 News Radio, Santa Fe – KVSF 101.5, and WDST-FM Woodstock, and has had articles featured in About Families OnlineKidzEdgeMom Blog Society, and several other publications.



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