Parents, We've Got Some Explaining to Do

How do we talk to our kids about racism?

Our kids know that something big is going on in this country around race and racism. As parents, it's our job to help them understand -- not only what's happening but, perhaps more importantly, the context and history behind it.

Every kid is different, every family is different, and every conversation will be different. But the discussion taking place on a national level right now offers some amazing resources to help guide us in tackling this crucial teaching moment with our kids.

There are TONS of resources out there right now. Here are my personal picks:

  • An age-by-age guide to talking to your kids about racism :: Motherly has done an absolutely outstanding job of curating a ton of resources on this, but this one is my favorite. Not only is it insanely comprehensive, but it starts with a discussion of how kids understand racial differences to begin with. (Motherly)
  • Elmo's Dad Explains Racism and the Protests :: As part of the latest Sesame Street / CNN Town Hall, Elmo and his dad have a very relatable discussion, particularly good for younger kids. (YouTube)
  • 18 YA Books to Diversify Your Kids' Bookshelves and Teach Them to Become Better Allies :: Nuanced enough to start getting into serious issues but still age-appropriate for kids, these books all look amazing, and have just become my family's summer reading list. (POPSUGAR Family)

Overheard on the Playground

"If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals."   -- Barack Obama


Fam-Tech

  • Tech For Summer :: Time to embrace the sunshine with cool new tech. These slick gadgets will make your family’s outdoor experience even more fun! (CRM)
  • Apps For Your Toddler :: Thinking of ways to keep your toddlers occupied while learning? Check out these apps that’ll give you a peace of mind, and your kids something to do (besides asking you questions 24/7). (Motherly)

Parentopia

  • Disney World :: Walt Disney World announced its plans to open in early July. Will their COVID protocols be enough to keep families safe? (GIZMODO)
  • The Value Of Childcare :: Working parents know the importance of childcare very well. Read this Harvard professor and full-time mom’s explanation on how we should solve the childcare crisis. (Fast Company)

Edutainment

  • The Ickabog :: J.K. Rowling announced her new children’s book called “The Ickabog”. Rowling wants YOUR children to illustrate the book for her - read more on how you can submit drawings and potentially be featured in her new book! (POPSUGAR)
  • Fun With Graphics :: Create graphics for free using “Poster My Wall”. This site allows kids to use graphic templates to update their social media, and triggers their creativity by teaching them the value of design. (Lifehacker)

Kidbits

  • Tree-mailing :: In Melbourne, Australia, officials gave each of the city’s trees an email-address so that people can notify the city to help identify tree damage. People then started to send personal notes to the trees that complimented their beauty. (Tween Tribune)
  • A Slithering Friendship :: Did you know that snakes can also have best friends? Learn how the reptiles socialize with their peers, create strong bondings, and take care of each other's babies too! (DOGO News)
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About Liz Oertle
Denver, CO
Liz Oertle is the CEO and co-founder of Nanno. A recovering attorney and mother of two, she is passionate about helping parents connect with high quality childcare on demand.