Teach Your Kids Tolerance
As the world becomes more diverse, parents should teach their children how to be open and respect the differences between people, the Nemours Foundation says.
It offers these suggestions:
- Demonstrate your own respect for others.
- Kids are always listening, so be conscious of the way you talk about people who are different from you.
- Talk about unfair stereotypes that may be portrayed in media.
- Respond to your kids’ questions about differences honestly and respectfully.
- Respect differences within your own family. Demonstrate acceptance of your children’s differing abilities, interests and styles. Value the uniqueness of each family member.
- Tolerance does not mean allowing unacceptable behavior. It means that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and should treat others similarly.
- Build your child’s self-esteem by making the child feel accepted, respected and valued. Children who feel badly about themselves may treat others badly.
- Learn together about celebrations that are not part of your own tradition.
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