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Ask Kids and Race: What Do I Tell My Kid About Thanksgiving?

Ask Kids and Race: What Do I Tell My Kid About Thanksgiving?

Dear Kids & Race: My preschooler is asking questions about Thanksgiving. What should I tell him?

This is a great question. When most of us were growing up, we learned a lot of inaccurate stories about Native Americans. We learned, for example, that the Pilgrims were good, albeit hapless, people fleeing religious persecution who survived their first winter in Massachusetts due to friendship with the Wampanoag, most notably Squanto.

Ask Kids & Race: Uncomfortable History

Ask Kids & Race: Uncomfortable History

Dear Kids & Race: How do I talk about slavery and MLK with my kids in an informative and respectful way?

Many times, we as white parents have a difficult time discussing the negative parts of America’s history. We have this notion that our kids can’t handle it, or that we’re protecting their innocence. The truth is, we’re not doing our kids any favors by pretending this history didn’t happen.

Ask Kids & Race: What’s the Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation?

Ask Kids & Race: What’s the Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation?

Talking about the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation can be a cumbersome, confusing, and frustrating experience for folks on either side of the conversation. There are two sides of the dialogue that must be heard and addressed. Included are some guiding points and questions that will push you to self-reflect on your own position and actions.