This is most definitely a time for difficult conversations. Diversifying our reading list is one place we are starting as a family. Upon request, I thought I would share a few of the children’s books and resources that we have found valuable in helping educate our kids (and ourselves!) about race specifically as we work to raise compassionate, loving and courageous children.
Books We’re Reading
I wanted to start off by sharing a few of the books we’ve been reading with the kids. Charles and I think it’s extremely important that we diversify the books we read to the kids and one simple way to start is by incorporating more books into our library with BIPOC.
To be honest, I sadly realized when I looked at our library that there was a serious lack of diversity in the books I was reading to the boys. We read together every night, and it’s such a precious time. But when I looked at the titles on our bookshelf, most of the books were about young white boys. So, off I marched to the book store!
There are so many incredible books out there that are helping us introduce the boys to more diversity in culture, race, and gender. I shared these on stories a couple of weeks ago but had so many requests for a blog that I thought it was important to share here.
We are continuing to expand our little library and as we do I’ll continue to share. If you have any books I’ve missed (there are MANY, I know) please comment with your favourites below! I’ve also started to choose books with more diverse characters regardless of the storyline, such as the Explorers of the Wild or the Remember Balloons (about Alzheimer’s disease, which my dad has… that’s for another blog).
There are so many great resources online now to help guide meaningful conversations. I came across this free guide that was written specifically to help parents have these conversations and it provides so much great information. If you have kids that are a little bit older, this video really helps to explain systematic racism. It’s important to to us that we take the time to learn, absorb and act on this information to help provide a foundation for change.
Accounts to Follow
Social media has been an incredibly educational place over the past month and it’s important the discussion continues beyond the impactful work and changes that we have seen so far. I started following many Instagram accounts that I think are extremely impactful and that are great to follow. Here are a few of them:
@stylefitfatty (source of the image above)
Not only does Fatima create absolutely beautiful content, but she herself is a mother … I love learning from other moms! Her posts are heartwarming, encouraging, and uplifting. Her stories also often have the little workouts she sneaks in during the kids nap time and other beautiful thoughts that she shares. I would highly recommend watching her anti-racism highlight.
@ohhappydani (source of the image above)
You may have come across this amazing account (or image above) over the past few weeks. Dani has created beautiful and inspiring graphic art to help share quotes, resources, and thoughts on the topic of racism. Her attitude and smile are incredible. Her art makes things easier to understand, are impactful and highlights incredibly important information.
@emmanuelacho (source of the image above)
Emmanuel Acho has a series called ‘Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man’. Each episode is around 10 minutes long, and let me tell you they are definitely worth a watch. In order to educate our kids, we need to educate ourselves.
Where to Donate
If you’re looking to donate to some of the amazing organizations that are doing work in this space Elle Canada has rounded up 19 organizations that are supporting Black Canadians. There are so many ways we can be active in this space right now, and donating is one way to directly help the cause. One organization in particular from this list is the Black Youth Helpline. This Canadian organization focuses on helping Black Youth stay in school, helps youth nurture their health, and provides a community of support.
There are many, MANY conversations to have with our children, and I have so much learning to do myself. I am a humble student here, and look forward to continuing to learn alongside my children. Please feel free to share any resources that you have found valuable below of course.
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