In a world full of differences, being accepting of others is the key to a more coherent society.
While children are born non-judgmental and do not care about race, religion or gender, it is important that they understand why acceptance is so important, so that they carry these morals with them throughout life.
Read on to discover how you can teach your child to celebrate diversity so that they can grow up to be a happier and more understanding adult.
Read Inclusive Books
A lack of acceptance often stems from a lack of education. If children are not often exposed to different races, religions and sexual orientations, then they might have difficulty understanding the different types.
A good way to introduce children to different types of cultures, genders and race is through children’s books that promote inclusivity.
There is a huge market for diverse children’s books at the moment – these are some of our top picks:
- ‘Hair Love’ by Matthew Cherry – Based on the Oscar-winning short film, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair
- ‘My Mummy’s a Firefighter’ by Kerrine and Jason Bryant – This book teaches children that gender does not determine what career you go into
- ‘I Am Not a Label’ by Cerrie Burnell – This book aims to increase visibility of disabled people in children’s books and break down the stigmas surrounding them
Set the Example
Children learn by mirroring their parents, so it is important that you set a good example. Avoid stereotyping in front of your children and ensure that you treat everyone equally and with kindness.
While teaching your child about differences, it’s also important to emphasise similarities.
Explain that although we are all different, we all still share the experience of being human.
We all deserve equal rights and opportunities, and that our gender, race and religion is not what defines us. The type of person that we are and how we treat others is far more important.
Join a Kids Club
The best way to introduce children to differences is by allowing them to meet new children.
At Little Acorns Day Nursery, we provide half-term and after school holiday clubs with free-flowing activities so that your child can develop their social skills with other children and become exposed to new differences.
Nursery Near Me
Are you looking for a caring children’s day nursery in Eastleigh or Hedge End?
At Little Acorns Day Nursery, our primary motivation is to guarantee the ongoing wellbeing, happiness and emotional nourishment of every child put into our care.
We also provide half-term and after school holiday clubs to free up your time and allow you to continue your professional activities and duties while your child is entertained and stimulated in a safe environment.
For additional information on the childcare facilities we provide, get in touch today!