Question: George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? Should we tell our children and how?
Answer: Yes. These conversations are essential for all parents to have, and there are developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism and police brutality.
Social media, TV, and radio are exploding with so many feelings about the recent death of black Americans and protests happening all around us. As children and teens see racial violence and rallies through the many different media outlets, they will need help navigating these events and understanding their feelings.
Join Cynthia Cubbage, LCSW-C, LICSW Barker's Director of Family and Post-Adopt Services, and transracial adoptive mom, alongside Tony Hynes, adopted persons, speaker, and author of “The Son With Two Moms” for an essential online parent forum - "A Race Conscious Gathering: Talking to your child about racism and the current protest" on Wednesday, June 24 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM EDT online.
During this parent forum, you will-
- Have an opportunity to discuss the current events and share how you are feeling
- Learn strategies to proactively talk about race and protest with children and teens
- Strengthen your family's ability to become a change-maker
- Become empowered to openly discuss racism and protest with young children
- Come away with the necessary tips and tools to teach the importance of racial justice with your child(ren) and create a racially conscious household.
More About This Event
When: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 7-8:30 PM EDT
Who: All families
Where: Zoom (You will receive your access link 24 hours before the event.)
Fee: $60 (Please do not let the cost prohibit you from registering for this event. Contact ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org if you are in need of financial assistance. Barker is providing help to a limited amount of families).
After witnessing the pain, sadness, and anger in the faces of the people they love, our children now more than ever require the validation, explanation, and support from their caregivers. ALL families must begin or continue to have these conversations at home. If you are struggling with where to start, we encourage you to join us.
Download our digital mini flyer here to share it with your family and friends!