I can not in good conscience go on posting as I had initially planned without pausing and addressing the responsibility that we have in light of the current/ongoing events. It is very much a part of our free schooling journey to thoughtfully discuss current events with our children and therefore I feel compelled to speak out here as well.
If you stick around you might get tired of hearing me say this but it’s important to always remember: we are our kid's first teacher. And as parents we have the power to make lasting change by raising the next generation!
As a multiracial women I am aware that our multiracial light skinned children have the privilege of growing up without the fear of being harassed, judged, or stereotyped just because of the color of their skin. At 9 and 13 they are aware of their privilege as it is something that we have discussed and continue to discuss as they get older. As parents we have an innate need to protect our children. We want to protect them from the tough stuff of life. Discussing racial injustices with kid's can seem overwhelming and hard to navigate but it's absolutely necessary. And I can’t help but think about my black sisters who do not have the luxury of protecting their babies by not talking about what's happening right now. We need to take this opportunity to continue to talk to our children about what’s going on. We should also remember that even when we're not talking to them directly our kids are always listening and they are watching and see how we respond to what's happening.
We must continue to do better. There are so many resources available to us. Below are just a few to help get you started but please do your own research and for the love of all that is good do not rely on the mainstream media for your information.