Raising Kids Free of Prejudice

November 24, 2010

If you want to live in a peaceful world, teach your children to eliminate prejudice from their lives.

There are a few simple steps that will help you make progress toward this goal.

  1. Explain to your children that all people are part of one big human family. We are like the flowers in a garden—each one of us is unique and we are all beautiful.
  2. When you meet people of different races, backgrounds or religions, greet them in a spirit of friendliness.
  3. Resist the temptation to think all people of a certain race are the same. Get to know people as individuals.
  4. When you talk with your children, focus on the positive qualities of the people you meet and what makes them unique.
  5. Develop friendships with people of other races and backgrounds—share a meal together, invite the person over for a potluck and share your favorites foods. Learn about what foods they like, maybe even learn to cook together.
  6. Catch yourself when you start lumping people together. When you hear yourself say, “Those people do this…”,  just stop yourself. Involve your children and make a game of it — “Oops! I made an assumption…”
Can you imagine what the world would be like if all children grew up with the idea that we are all one human family?

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