How to explain racially-charged interactions (and gentrification) to my daughter, Raising Race Conscious Children

How to explain racially-charged interactions (and gentrification) to my daughter

As a born and bred New Yorker, I expect an occasional terrible experience with a stranger. My worst stranger story involves a White man who spit in my on 5th avenue. So it isn’t always about race…but sometimes it is.

Last winter, I was sitting on the steps in the lobby of an apartment building in my neighborhood, trying to get my one-and-a-half-year-old to put on her shoes. I had just gotten her to sit down and was forcing her feet into the shoes and fastening the Velcro when a Black man entered the building and commented “Stairs are not for sitting.”

Support children to identify, explore, and take action on race-related issues

Support children to identify, explore, and take action on race-related issues

by guest blogger Shira Eve Epstein, Ed.D How can children be supported to talk about and take action on civic issues that are deeply entangled with race and racism? How can we engage them on public matters like the accessibility…

What I do when I confuse two people of color (and what I say to my daughter)

What I do when I confuse two people of color (and what I say to my daughter)

by Sachi Feris When my daughter was about a year-and-a-half, we were standing outside of our building and my daughter pointed to a boy about 30 feet away and asked me, “Julien?” referring to a friend from her daycare. This…

I want to teach my daughter that fairness and equity don’t mean that everyone gets the same thing

I want to teach my daughter that fairness and equity don’t mean that everyone gets the same thing

by Sachi Feris My daughter and I have been reading the book, “Miss Nelson is Missing,” which features an infamously mischievous class. We read about students throwing paper planes in the air, and that they were “the worst behaved class…

“Is that your Mom?”—Children’s questions about families

“Is that your Mom?”—Children’s questions about families

by Sachi Feris Whenever my daughter sees a seemingly unaccompanied child (for example, a five-year-old who is half a block ahead of their adult on their scooter), her immediate question is: “Where is that child’s mommy or papi?” Her assumption…