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Black Lives Still Matter! Let’s Continue the Discussion with our Children + Resources

I’m just going to jump right into this conversation because it’s an important one! Violence surrounding black people has to stop. Why it hasn’t already is beyond me. Yesterday I was majorly shook by the fact that in the big city that I call home – Chicago – we are still facing racism and ignorance towards Black people like none other. A police shooting of a black man happened over the weekend and looters destroyed every major street in the city of Chicago + tons of businesses in the suburbs. This whole story from beginning to end is not okay. And it has to stop. Yesterday. Today. Period the end.

While a few months have now passed since the Black Lives Matter movement began, as a parent, I urge you to keep shining light on it. I am sincerely hoping it’s a movement that sticks. One that’s continued to be talked about for the long haul. One that gives all parents with young children the push to teach their kids about it, so they’re able to grow up in a more loving and kind, unbiased world. Because Black lives STILL matter. And they will ALWAYS matter.

Nobody saw this pandemic coming our way and certainly nobody saw George Floyd’s horrifying death coming either. But with that said, it’s a great thing that so many people have taken time out of their lives to learn, research, and process the fact that – truly – BLACK LIVES MATTER.

We need to build a world without hate.

A world without hate crimes. A world without prejudices. And the only way to do that is to act on it. Wouldn’t you agree?!

There are so many resources out there about what we can do and for me, after taking the first week of June {and thereafter} to pause, listen, and learn about the black community, a huge realization that came from it all was that IT STARTS BY TEACHING MY KIDS.

But how?! Over the past few months, I’ve compiled the best of the best resources out there for you {and me!!} to help do our part. And if you’re thinking that your toddlers are too young to discuss this, think again! Our children are wayyyy smarter than we give them credit for!

Please take a look at the goodies below. Read the titles, click on the articles, and USE them because they are there for you to do just that!

Free Educational Resources for Parents

Save the Children: Tips for Talking with Children About Racism and Social Justice

The Every Mom: Toddlers Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race—Here’s How to Start

The Conscious Kid: Racial Literacy Key Terms

Wisconsin Education Association Council: How to Talk to Young Children About the Black Lives Matter Guiding Principals {this is an excellent PDF that literally spoon-feeds you the exact language to approach your kids with!!}

The Best Children’s Books that Speak about Racial Injustice

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

A Kids Book About Racism

I Am Enough

Well-Written Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World

Teach Your Dragon About Diversity: Train Your Dragon To Respect Diversity

The Skin You Live In {sidenote: this was a book that I ALWAYS read to my first graders as a teacher. So many great lessons!}

The Sandwich Swap {this is one of my all time favorites… I read it to my students every year when I taught, I’ve read it to my kids before they even knew how to talk and I’ve read it in their classrooms when I visit – it’s that good!!}

Notable Children’s TV Show Episodes that Combat Equality

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood teaches all the lessons… the episode entitled “Friends are Different and the Same” is a great one to garner a deeper conversation about others!

Sesame Street Racism Town Hall – you can watch it at THIS link.

Arthur: Season 21, Episode 4 entitled “Arthur Takes a Stand” – this can be streamed on Amazon Prime.

Sesame Street: Season 25, Episode 5 “Sesame on Racism” – it’s as relevant now as it was when it first aired {to put things into perspective, Sesame Street is currently airing season 50!!!}

Must-Watch Children’s Movies that Display Diverse Characters

  1. Disney’s Coco
  2. Moana
  3. The Karate Kid {the 2010 version}
  4. Mulan
  5. Family Reunion

So while this post was long overdue {I’m sorry!!!!}, I think it’s even more critical to touch on it now more than ever. The BLM voices had died down before this weekend and as a human race, we simply can’t allow that.

Undoubtedly, it’s time to step up, amplify black voices, and in my opinion, and most importantly, TEACH OUR KIDS.

We must teach them what’s right by talking to them, sharing with them and being honest with them about what’s happening in our world.

WE HAVE TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE because in the end, our children will undoubtedly practice what we preach!

With that, I would love to hear your thoughts on this as well! And I sincerely hope this post is helpful now and forever.

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Written with a heavy heart, Xox

1 Comment

  • Annie August 12, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Hi Dana! This is such a great list – just purchased a few of them moments ago. Can I make a suggestion? Rather than ordering through Amazon, order from Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago (https://www.semicolonchi.com/), which is the only Black woman-owned bookstore in Chicago currently. I’m totally an Amazon addict and get the convenience!! But I’ve been trying to make an effort to spend my money elsewhere when possible. Let’s divert money back to the Black community when we can, rather than Bezos’ pockets :) Yes – it’ll take more time, and cost a little more, but if people can spare it, it’s worth it!

    Thank you for bringing this discussion and suggestions to your blog! I don’t follow a ton of people on Insta, but some of the bloggers/influencers I follow are coming across as tone-deaf in this moment, and I appreciate you taking the time and energy to talk about this.

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