What do you say to your kids about Black Lives Matter?

Parenting through these troubling times demands us to look within. Here are a few resources, analogies and thinking points to help you have meaningful conversations with your kids about Black Lives Matter.

Let's start with a few analogies to put this into perspective.  Difficult conversations must be had. YES! All lives do matter. But it’s not all races who are suffering relentless injustice. Right now, we have a duty to help our kids learn the meaning of standing up for the oppressed.

All houses matter...  

All plates matter...

Teaching resource:

NPR interviewed Jesse Hagopian. He is the author of 'Teaching For Black Lives’, an activist, a father of two sons (aged 11 and 7) and a black high school teacher.

He shares his experiences of being on the front lines through decades of protest. How he deals with the emotional sides of parenting 2 young boys. And the changes he is driving in the education system starting within his own classrooms.

You can read the interview here:
 How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence

Finally, some thought-provoking quotes:

"Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into" – Scott Woods, author

"Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of colour to deal with it" – Michelle Obama, former First Lady of The United States of America