Celebrate Diversity {It’s Not A Bad Word}

Diversity: 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 the word diversity and roll their eyes while thinking: “Here we go with this topic.” 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 want to discuss. However, there are still many who do not have discussions about diversity.

Being “color blind” is a term some use to explain that they are not prejudiced or racist. We should celebrate the reality that we are all different. People 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 styles of clothes and eat different types of foods.

Teaching children about diversity is extremely necessary and important. Children are curious about diversity. Small children do not judge the other kids they play with based on skin color unless someone has taught them to do so. Children may ask you why their friend is a different color than them, they are asking out of curiosity. When that question is asked most parents tend to give the stock answer: “We’re all different” and move on.

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Teaching children about diversity and learning to celebrate diversity is a necessary thing to do.

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

(Some of these things may not be able to be done until the current COVID-19 situation improves)

When your child asks a question about a person’s skin tone or culture, take time to answer them. Let your child know that you are glad they are asking questions. Explain to them in simple terms why people are different colors or why some people wear certain clothing.

 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 cannot confidently answer, be honest. Let them know that you do not know, but you will look it up and find out for them. These days we have so many resources available to us online that can help us have the talk about diversity.

Diversity is good. Inclusion is good. Our world is filled with many different cultures, races, religions, etc. Let’s celebrate diversity and be willing to learn about those who are different than us. Please do not worry about getting everything right, the important thing is to start having the conversations and being willing to learn.

I’d love to hear how you’re having conversations about diversity with your children.

9 thoughts on “Celebrate Diversity {It’s Not A Bad Word}

  1. loved this… so much can be done to teach diversity in our communities. I agree we need to teach/show my kids about the diverse cultures we have in our communities…

  2. This is a good article especially now, this is important for a permanet change for the next generation, it seem to be slow for our generation.

  3. It is a must to teach children to embrace each other’s uniqueness. I remember telling my children that it would be so boring if every person in the world was exactly the same. Haha. Teaching them to be kind, and to make them aware of other cultures will help them grow up to be better, more loving adults.

  4. It all begins at home. I truly believe we aren’t born to hate, but love must be taught and nurtured at home. It’s important to our children and the best way to teach them is through example. Great post!

  5. Diversity is so important and it should be celebrity. Personally I am thankful that we are not all the same. I love learning about other people and other cultures.

  6. By taking the time out to make yourself aware of different cultures, you can have a better understanding about people from different backgrounds. Diversity is something you definitely have to make sure is in your life so that you can learn about other cultures. It also help you to understand the trials and tribulations that they went through in the past as well as still experience today.

  7. My country India is a land of diversity, I really liked how you have pointed it out that teaching about diversity is not bad.

  8. I think embracing difference is key to living in harmony. I think differences are what make the world such a beautiful place and keeps life full and interesting.

  9. i love this.. let’s embrace diversity and teach then to the new generations

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