As toddlers and preschoolers, children are beginning to notice there are differences between themselves and others. While their observations are very broad at this point—a child may notice another child’s hair is different from his, but not quite know why—they are beginning to form their own ideas about what all these differences mean, and their natural inquisitiveness can lead to many questions.
To help your child understand, learn to respect and celebrate differences in others, guide him as he explores and learns from the diverse world around him.
- Be open to his questions and provide clear, age-appropriate answers. Listen attentively and explain why certain words or thoughts are hurtful.
- Embrace differences in others, don’t try to avoid them. Use books, music, games and food to explore different cultures together.
- Set a good example through your positive relationships with others. Your little one will learn to accept and respect their peers, too.