Preparing Children for a Diverse World

Preparing Children for a Diverse World

Last month I attended a powerful workshop on trans-racial adoption.  Steve and I adopted one of our daughters from Korea when she was two years old.  She is now 35.  We attended the workshop together and left with many valuable ideas.  After watching a movie about two adopted children and their experiences, there was time for audience participation.  So many of the adopted children at the workshop, who are now adults, never felt totally accepted in their communities.  I left thinking how difficult it is for any child to feel accepted.  But we can model for children in ways that can make a positive difference.

Attached is an article that challenges us as adults to do far more than teach mere tolerance.  Our children are depending on us “to teach them how to live comfortably and productively with diversity.”  There are several “Questions for Reflection” at the end of the article that I encourage you to read and think about incorporating into your family experiences.  At Especially for Children we will work hard to have each child feel accepted.  Our hope is that the children in our care learn to respond to diversity with acceptance, respect and appreciation.

Role Modeling Respect for Diversity