Raising Anti-Racist Kids Through Play

“It starts at home.” It is a statement that we’ve heard frequently during these times of protests against racism and is a statement that has made me both reflect and reevaluate my parenting style. I am a Latina; married to a white Jewish male, raising two biracial children. I have always been proud of my heritage, and I often expose my children to Latin music and programming. I take them to playgrounds with diverse children and speak both Spanish and English to them. But is that enough? The answer is no. It’s not enough because I wasn’t having the uncomfortable conversations that I should have. I wasn’t addressing and celebrating the differences in skin color, cultures, or religions. While I was doing my best to teach my children to be inclusive, I came to the realization that I was not teaching them to be anti-racist. It was a sucky feeling, but I’m grateful to learn and grow from it.
Diversity is something to celebrate, and one way we can expose our kids and encourage conversations is through their books and toys. Here I’ve compiled a list of a few that will help us on our journey to raising anti-racist kids. I’ve tried to include black-owned and minority-owned shops, shops celebrating diversity, and shops that are making donations to the BLM movement. Let’s raise them right.This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission when you click on the links at no additional cost to you. As an Ammazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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