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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Books About Social Justice

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, we’re featuring books about social justice. Whether through daily life or seeing events on the news, your child may have experiences or questions about race, ethnicity, social justice, or inclusion issues they want to talk about. Age-appropriate books for kids about race, ethnicity, and identity can help you explore the topic with your child. Here are just a few titles in our Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice, and Identity collection. Check out the entire collection here. Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney, PhD Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking, “What are you?” Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a “power phrase” so she can easily express who she is, not what she is. Includes a Note to Readers from the author, sharing her experience as a multiracial person. Hear Lulu the One and Only read aloud and read an excerpt from the Author’s Note. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police. "Why did the police shoot that man?" "Can police go to jail?" Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues. Hear Something Happened in Our Town read aloud.   Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara, PsyD    The world is full of different colors...hundreds of colors, everywhere. People are different colors too. Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Mommy says it is part of our culture and the big word diversity — diversidad. Marvelous Maravilloso follows a young girl as she finds joy in the colors of the world all around her, including the colors of her own family. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers. Hear Marvelous Maravilloso read aloud.   Check out the companion book, The Heart of Mi Familia.   Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart, PhD When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can’t understand each other’s language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson’s clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family. This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family. Hear Accordionly read aloud.   Kids are observant and sensitive. Sharing books with them about these important issues

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Books About Social Justice 2021-01-15T13:19:22-05:00

Helping Your Child Embrace Their Cultural Identity

Children with two different cultural backgrounds can sometimes feel as if they live in “two different worlds.” When they visit one side of the family they may feel like they do not quite fit in, and then have the same feeling when visiting the other side of the family. Sometimes people feel like they have to reject one culture to belong to the other, which is then rejecting a part of themselves, suggesting something is wrong. This adapted excerpt from the Reader’s Note in Magination Press book, The Heart of Mi Familia, by Carrie Lara, PsyD, provides insight into the bicultural experience and strategies for parents and caregivers to help children appreciate and celebrate their cultures, the cultures of others, and the beautiful diversity of life experiences. Research on cultural identity and immigrant populations has found that people end up in either a state of acculturation, assimilation, or marginalization. In the attempt to join and find belonging, there can be marginalization and rejection of the dominant culture, or assimilation which leads to a loss of the home culture. Acculturation is the balance of both, being able to adapt within the dominant culture for “survival,” but also maintain a connection to the home culture. This is the healthy balance that we would want people to have. However, children who have been able to develop this healthy balance can still have a feeling and experience of not quite belonging to one culture or another. For example, when visiting family where another language is spoken, relatives might note a child speaks the language with a different accent, but when they go home and speak the local language there, people may remark on an accent as well, making the child feel like an outsider in both places. Here are some ways to help your child celebrate and appreciate their cultures and feel at home in their experience. Acknowledge differences For children, as little social scientists, making observations of their surroundings and experiences every day is part of their learning and development process. When your child observes similarities and differences, acknowledge their observation and help them to learn and understand. Accept that there are differences, and not only note the differences exist, but discuss why. Is it because of religion? Is it because of regional food? This, in effect, discourages any developing thoughts or feelings that a difference in culture is wrong. It gives meaning. Support exploration Children start to identify with their own cultural/racial identity around the age of 3-4. This identification comes from the interactions they have with their family members, teachers, and community. By age 7-9, children are more aware of the group dynamics around culture and race. This includes the histories of their own culture and how their culture is similar, different, or a combination of other cultures. This is even more important for children of multiple cultural histories. A child may, at certain times in their life, feel more identified with one or the other culture in their background. This

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Helping Your Child Embrace Their Cultural Identity 2020-11-16T21:24:59-05:00