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How To Talk To Your Kids About Race

The Questions We've Been Asking, Answered

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The Questions We've Been Asking, Answered
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Maisonette stands with those openly, vocally, and fearlessly fighting systemic racism across this country. We believe BLACK LIVES MATTER. And we know that believing this starts at home. That’s why we’re putting our resources towards creating content that empowers parents with the tools to have the difficult conversations, so we may find a path forward, together. We hope you will join us.
To our Maisonette family:
 
As parents, we share the honor and incredible responsibility of teaching our children to be kind, compassionate, inclusive, and educated members of society. To stand up in the face of racial injustice, because, in the words of MLK, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” None of us is without prejudices or shortcomings. We must hold ourselves accountable, and, through education and learning, be and do better.
The time to talk about racism with your children is now – even if they are still young, and even if it's difficult. Here, Dr. Bronwyn Charlton of Seedlings Group offers advice and resources for having these important conversations.
The time to talk about racism with your children is now – even if they are still young, and even if it's difficult. Here, Dr. Bronwyn Charlton of Seedlings Group offers advice and resources for having these important conversations.

Filling your little one’s bookshelf with stories that feature brown and black children is one way to broaden her environment and perspective, and ensure a better understanding of diversity, inclusion, and empathy. Here are some of our favorites, by age group.
Filling your little one’s bookshelf with stories that feature brown and black children is one way to broaden her environment and perspective, and ensure a better understanding of diversity, inclusion, and empathy. Here are some of our favorites, by age group.
The toys your children play with help shape their view of the world, says clinical psychologist Nanika Coor, Psy.D., a respectful parenting therapist and consultant at Brooklyn Parent Therapy. We talked to her about why all kids need to see diversity in their toys, and how play can facilitate important conversations around race and inequity. 

Compassion is the intersection of empathy and action – it moves us to care in a proactive way, and is a critical piece of raising a child who is not just kind, but driven to act on that kindness. Here, psychologist and co-author of The Kindness Advantage, Dr. Dale Atkins shares tips for nurturing compassion in your own children.


As we all work to hold ourselves accountable - both at home and at work - many of us will find ourselves aware of dangerous status quo mentalities in workplaces. We sat down with women’s advocate, entrepreneur, and founder of the WIE Network Dee Poku to learn how businesses can better support diversity and inclusion in the workplace right now, and forever.
As we all work to hold ourselves accountable - both at home and at work - many of us will find ourselves aware of dangerous status quo mentalities in workplaces. We sat down with women’s advocate, entrepreneur, and founder of the WIE Network Dee Poku to learn how businesses can better support diversity and inclusion in the workplace right now, and forever.
Although a conversation about hair may not seem like a priority, it is worth noting that POC are disproportionately burdened by policies that target them for having natural hairstyles at school or at work. Hair is a critical part of a child’s identity, and it is so important to nurture their love of their hair from a young age. Here, hair stylist and educator Vernon François shares his tips on how can help your kids embrace – and celebrate - their natural hair.

Finally, we’d like to share some resources that have been helpful as we work to educate ourselves, starting with this short video that explains the history of systemic racism in this country.

And this powerful video of black parents explaining how to deal with the police to their children.

And this staggering NPR article about how racial inequity harms our school children.

And finally, this special town hall for families, hosted by Sesame Street, Van Jones, and Erica Hill.

For more resources to watch, read, and listen to, please visit Le Scoop.

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