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5 Tips: The Preschool Years


  1. Be honest. Don't encourage children not to "see" color or tell children we are all the same. Rather, discuss differences openly and highlight diversity by choosing picture books, toys, games and videos that feature diverse characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles.

  2. Embrace curiosity. Be careful not to ignore or discourage your youngster's questions about differences among people, even if the questions make you uncomfortable. Not being open to such questions sends the message that difference is negative.

  3. Broaden choices. Be careful not to promote stereotypical gender roles, suggesting that there are certain games, sports or activities that only girls can do or only boys can do.

  4. Foster pride. Talk to your child about your family heritage to encourage self-knowledge and a positive self-concept.

  5. Lead by example. Widen your circle of friends and acquaintances to include people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
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