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It’s Time to Celebrate Diversity {It’s Not a Bad Word}

 Rachelle Rawlings Photography embracing and celebrating diversity

photography: Rachelle Rawlings Photography

Diversity (n) : the condition of having, or being composed of, differing elements; the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.

I’m sure that some people hear that word and roll their eyes while thinking, “Here we go with this topic again.” Why does the word diversity make some folks uncomfortable? When you read the definition above, it doesn’t sound like a “bad word” or a topic that you wouldn’t discuss with your children. However, there are still many who do not have discussions about it with their children.

Now I cannot tell anyone how they should parent their children. However, if you believe that we need to be color blind or you say, “We don’t see color,” what are you really explaining to your kids? Is being “color blind” teaching kids about diversity? No, it’s actually disregarding diversity. We should celebrate the reality that we’re all different. Humans are comprised of lighter skin, white skin, brown skin, dark brown skin, and black skin. Some people have different hair, eyes, and may wear different style of clothes and eat different types of foods. As parents, we need to let our children know that these differences are what make us all unique.

Children are curious about diversity.

Small children don’t judge the other kids they’re playing with for how they look or how they dress. Children may ask you why their friend is a different color than them, but they’re asking out of curiosity. When that question is asked, though, parents tend to give the stock “We’re all different” answer and move on.

I have had the diversity discussion with many diverse groups of people. Some of them reason, “I don’t see color, and I tell my kids not to, either.” Others say, “I am teaching my kids about diversity all of the time.” Regardless of what our world may be like right now (or how we  think it is), we should still discuss diversity.

Teaching children about diversity is not a hard thing to do. It’s also an IMPORTANT thing to do.

Here are a few simple things you can do to get the discussion going with your children:

  • When your child asks a question about a person’s skin tone or culture, take time to answer them. Explain to them in simple terms why people are different colors or why some people wear certain clothing. Let your child know that you are glad they are asking questions.
  • When events are going on in your area that celebrate other cultures, take your children to these events. Enjoy the food, dancing, language, and education about a different culture.
  • Visit museums with your child. If you live in an area that’s not very diverse, try to take day trips to nearby cities and/or museums.

Make diversity fun to learn about. Celebrating others should not be a chore. When your child asks a question about a different race or culture that you can’t confidently answer, be honest. Let them know that you don’t know, but you will look it up and find out for them.

Diversity is good. Inclusion is good. Our world is filled with many different cultures, races, religions, etc. The variety is amazing, so let’s celebrate our differences. 

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5 Responses to It’s Time to Celebrate Diversity {It’s Not a Bad Word}

  1. Dina Kirtley March 28, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    I love you my friend. Good post. I hope I did okay teaching or at least exposing my daughters to cultural diversity. Regardless, I know that I did teach them that no matter what race, color, nationality, wealth or lack of, weight, clothing and any other classification we are all HUMAN.

    • Lashunta March 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

      Forney! You’ve done an EXCELLENT job teaching your family about diversity and to LOVE people. Love ya

  2. Jen C. March 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    Diversity is a beautiful thing. “Jesus loves the little children…all the children of the world! Red and yellow…they are precious in His sight…” love this article!

  3. Shericka Slack March 29, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    LaShunta your article is on point. The world we live in today is so diverse and it is important for us to teach our children to embrace others and their differences.

  4. Lisa April 6, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Lasunta! I messaged you on Facebook (sorry for the vagueness) I had a bit of a personal question for you and I didn’t really know how to reach out. Thank you!