A big part of Gentle Parenting is to teach children how to empathize with others, question why we do things in certain ways, and to stand up for what’s right.
We don’t want children who just blindly follow the status quo, we want children who can work together to change the future of the world. This means, especially as white parents (who I wish to address here as I am also one), that we need to teach children to recognize injustice and to protect them from the racist perspectives they can be taught by society.
White parents – your Gentle Parenting approach should also be Anti-Racist Parenting to say it’s really Gentle Parenting.
On this website, there is absolutely zero tolerance for racism – overt and covert. I myself am willing to be called into accountability if I ever say or do anything that is considered racist and will take it to heart to continue to do better. I wish for this space to be a safe place for everyone.
If you’ve never considered Anti-Racist Parenting before there are amazing people doing this work – teaching about anti-racism and about anti-racism specifically how to pertains to parenting.
I am in no way qualified to teach anyone, anything on anti-racism, so I want to leave you with resources you can check out to equip you to incorporate anti-racism into your parenting.
Some of the resources are meant for kids, but the vast majority are for us parents, for our own understanding. Some of what these amazing people say might upset or trigger you especially if you are white and have not been exposed to the truth about racism before, but I urge you not to attack or invalidate them, but rather sit with it and ask yourself why what they’re saying bothers you so much.
* Resources marked with an asterisk indicates that the resources comes from a Christian perspective.
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Books to Read to Equip Yourself in Anti Racism/Unpacking Bias Before Teaching Your Kids
Lizzy Mash is an Early Childhood Educator, as well as a mother. She's an INFJ & enneagram 9, a Canadian, and admits she doesn't enjoy making kids crafts. She teaches parents how to implement Gentle Parenting techniques for an easier and more effective discipline experience. She has helped thousands of parents on their journey to be more gentle and respectful with their kids through her blog posts, weekly email newsletter, and premium course - The Gentle Parenting Course.