2020. The year that will be remembered in infamy, unfortunately for more than one reason.
As an adult, it has been hard enough to process the information and experiences we have encountered in the first half of this year. Then, as parents, we turn around and translate this into meaningful information for our children. I have thought and thought and thought about EVERYTHING under the moon, and then thought about it again.
Children are smart and pick up more from their surroundings than we can imagine. They watch commercials, listen to grown-up conversations in the background, and ask questions as we drive past protests in our car. I want to make sure to explain world events to the kids in a way that they understand and a way that encourages them to ask more questions.
Diversity is Key
Do I know all of the answers? No. Do I really even know any of the answers? No.
But I have been doing a good bit of soul searching and introspection and have ended up on diversity.
What is the best way to educate our children on diversity and equality? How can I immerse them at a young age in an atmosphere that will mimic the workforce and real world they will be in as adults? We had this discussion almost three years ago when we were in the process of transitioning our kids from a small, private preschool to elementary school.
We chose public school; we ultimately decided a diverse learning environment was more important for the development of our kids than going to school with the children of our friends. It was a tough decision, but never once have we questioned the path we chose.
Learning Never Ends
Have we had to answer tough questions that they bring home? Yes. But now more than ever I am glad that they have this experience during such an impressionable time in their life. I know the kids are at a vulnerable age and I want to make sure that they are open-minded, kind, and treat everyone they encounter with the respect deserved now and in the future.
The best part of this world is that when they learn and experience new things, we do too. Learning never ends and we as parents are no exception to that rule. Our children provide us with the chance to open our eyes and view things differently; we can become better people because of them and for them.