Tips for Teaching Your Child About Diversity and Inclusion

Tips for Teaching Your Child About Diversity and Inclusion

Raising kids who understand and embrace diversity is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. This journey starts at home. Let’s dive into how to nurture these values from day one!

Start with Yourself

  • Examine Your Biases: We all have them! Becoming aware of our own assumptions is the first step towards inclusive parenting.
  • Model Inclusive Behavior: Kids learn more from what we do than what we say. Do your actions reflect respect for all?

Age-Appropriate Approaches

  • Toddlers & Pre-school: Keep it simple. “Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness” is a great foundation.
  • Elementary-Age: Ready for terms like “race” and “disability”. Answer questions honestly, even if it feels awkward.
  • Teens: Discuss complex issues like discrimination. Encourage them to question the world around them.

Make it Real

  • Books & Media that Reflect Diversity: Seek out stories where the main character doesn’t look just like your child.
  • Exposure to Different Cultures & Experiences: Try new foods, visit a heritage museum, or attend a cultural festival.
  • Celebrate Differences! Have a “show and tell” where kids share something unique about their family or background.


  • “My child pointed out someone’s differences, what do I do?” Don’t shush them! Acknowledge what they noticed in a neutral way, then focus on our shared humanity.
  • “What if I don’t know the answer?” It’s okay! Say, “I don’t know, but let’s find out together!”

Resources for Parents


Teaching diversity and inclusion isn’t a one-time lesson, but a way of being you model every day. By being open, honest, and actively celebrating our wonderful differences, you’ll equip your child to create a more kind and just world.