No one wants their kid to be a bully or a jerk. But, how do you teach young kids to be more inclusive and empathetic? It can be tough in a world where racism, sexism, and selfishness are so ingrained in our culture. You have to work hard at it and keep reinforcing positive emotional intelligence literacy in kids for it to stick. In short, tell them about the golden rule: Treat people how you want to be treated. One way to teach this is to read to your kids! This post by Melissa Taylor at Imagination Soup has some more tips on fostering compassion in young kids, and teaching them how to be more inclusive of kids with different backgrounds than themselves:
Parents and educators can use literature to teach their children and students how to be more compassionate and inclusive of others. Developing high emotional intelligence in our children is an attainable goal when we use all of the great literature resources that are available.
Lee & Low is one excellent source. It specializes in culturally authentic literature for children and young adults. Their website offers resources for home and school, including a section about discussions on race and titles that support these discussions.