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Raising and Educating for Valuing Differences
“My friends are trying to get me to believe what they believe but we don’t,” said my nine-year-old son, visibly upset, the day of the Presidential Inauguration. He came home from school consumed with worry about his friends pushing him to believe what they believed.
And indeed, all children, at various points in their development, will face similar challenges related to the differences between them and other children. Whether they tend toward introversion, prefer the arts over sports, or have skin a shade darker than others, most children will have the experience of being unlike others. And the caring adults in their lives can play a significant role in seeing them through those experiences so that children have the opportunity to grow in their empathy, open-mindedness, and inclusiveness of others. Read the full article — and check out the rest of this excellent magazine!