STLMoms: Teaching children racial sensitivity

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(STLMoms)- St. Louis has been in the national spotlight the past two weeks with the crisis in Ferguson. Due to the recent unrest, racial differences and cultural stereotypes are being discussed on television.

But are you talking about it in your home?

According the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, minority families discuss racial issues at a higher rate with specific incidents. But 75 percent of Caucasian families rarely, if ever, discuss race and cultural diversity.

Psychotherapist Dr. Russell Hyken joins us with some steps to promote understanding in our own children.

Helpful Tips:

·For the little ones (under five years), it is easy to finds toys and books that talk about cultural differences and have characters from different countries. By go the next level and take your young ones to festivals where they are exposed to different kinds of people.

·As kids enter ELEMENTARY SCHOOL emphasize correct name pronunciations and celebrate holidays.

·ENGAGE OLDER KIDS IN INTELLECTUAL CONVERSATIONS. Discuss the news and why there are race/cultural issues. Ask them about their views and encourage further explorations.

Note: The best time to fight cultural stereotypes is before they form.

For more information visit: ed-psy.com