Talking to Young Children about the Protests
I found this article helpful in finding the right words when talking about the protests. I wanted to share it in hopes that it will give you some language and age-appropriate context in your discussions at home.
Here are the main takeaways, copied directly from Mother.ly and author Jareesa Tucker McClure:
Here are some of the phrases I'm using to talk to the young kids in my life about current events.
”Sometimes unfair things happen, and we don't like it."
On some level, every child understands the concept of unfairness. They also know how it feels when something is unfair, and that they don't like it. Using this phrase helps them begin to relate to the unfairness that the protesters are calling out.
"Lots of unfair and wrong things have happened to Black people for a long time."
It may feel like this came out of nowhere, but there's a long history of injustice against Black Americans. You can share about the Civil Rights movement and how these uprisings are a continuation of the same type of protests.
"Protests are one way to change things that are wrong."
With this phrase, I'm emphasizing that protesters are using their voices to push to change the things that they see are wrong.
"There are other things we can do to change the wrong things."
This is a great time to teach your child that there are many ways to push for change in their community. Organizing, education, voting, donating time and money are all ways you and your family can make a difference.
"No matter what, we're here to listen to you and protect you."
The greatest lesson I want to pass on to my daughter is a sense of security. I want her to know that while scary things may be happening outside, her Daddy and I will be here to protect her and make sure she's safe.