We all want our kids to grow up to be good humans. Taking care of each other, taking care of people they don’t know, those with less privilege and looking after the planet. It’s a lot when you list it all out, but in reality, all you’re doing is teaching them to care and to have empathy.
That’s what will be their superpower.
Here are 5 tips to grow socially conscious children.
- Stay informed: Find news that is age appropriate and talk to them about the stories. Ask what they think, listen to their opinions, ask lots of questions, subscribe them to a magazine like The Week Junior. People who grow up knowing about the world and the people in it are more likely to care later on.
- Diversify bookshelves and TV watching. This helps them to not constantly inhale gender, racial or cultural stereotypes without noticing. We know a great children’s diverse book subscription service to help with this.
- Donate time, money or even a signature and talk about it with your kids. It’s important they know that you take action and they see you trying to change the world for the better. Some great places to donate to are The Black Curriculum, to support the diversification of the school curriculum and Bankuet who support food banks all over the UK
- Highlight sexist and racist language, point out stereotypes in films and TV shows and in books. Encourage them to watch, read and listen critically. My children get bored of me asking about why characters are in shows. We always highlight when women are there for purely ornamental purposes. We always challenge lazy stereotypes in characters. It’s important that they notice and respond.
- Role Model: Read books, talk about issues that matter, speak up when someone says something racist or sexist, don’t be afraid to admit when you’ve got something wrong.
These are the ones we try and live by. I’d love to hear if you have any others….