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Talking With Children About Race: 10 Tips For White Parents
Research has found that conversations about race lessen the presence of prejudice and bias, but these conversations are much less likely to occur in white families than they are in families of color.
Children are keen observers. As they grow, in the absence of conversations with people they trust, children make sense of what they see in the world around them in ways that justify inequities. They also start to internalize stereotypes and prejudices, even if they live in homes where these views are not promoted. As they get older, these internalized observations become hard-to-change implicit biases.
In this special addition to the "Advice for Parents" series, Dr. Elana Wolkoff, associate professor of School Psychology at William James College, presents information for white parents and adults on how to talk with, and listen to, children and adolescents about race and discrimination.
We have a lot of work to do to counter racism in our society, she says, but it won’t get done if we’re not able to talk about it.
Tips for Helping your Teen in Quarantine
Rosie Turner, who is completing her second year in the School Psychology Program, offers tips for parents about how to talk to teens about social stressors during this unprecedented time.
Your and Your Child’s Mental Health During COVID19
Sandy Li and Aurore Siano discuss tips for parents on how to manage their own mental health right now, along with their child’s.
Addressing Behavior Problems at Home
Sandy Li and Aurore Siano, who are both completing their final year in the School Psychology program, discuss strategies for managing children's behavior at home.
The Benefits of Involving Children in Household Chores
Rose Perez, a second-year graduate student in the School Psychology program, discusses how involving kids in chores can provide benefits to both the parent and the child.
At-Home Activities, Away from Electronics Devices
Alyssa Repetto, a second-year graduate student in the School Psychology program, offers suggestions for activities that are educational and memorable, and give children and parents time away from their electronic devices.