Teaching tolerance to our kids

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Teaching tolerance to our kids
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Mon, 12-27-2010 - 4:06pm

The discussion in the other thread about gay marriage (OK, it wasn’t so much a discussion as an attack on granitestategal, plus the last time I checked it had devolved into mumbling and maniacal laughter...time to move on!) got me to thinking about this new generation of kids and how things have changed for them. Technology has exploded, and kids are more connected than ever before. They’re also disconnected in a whole new way, but this thread isn’t about that. I’d like to know what we are teaching our kids as far as tolerance for other religions, races and lifestyles.

My parents were brought up by parents who were extremely prejudiced against non-Catholics and non-whites. My great-grandparents must not have passed along the lessons they’d learned as immigrants themselves. The town we lived in was predominantly white and Catholic, and up until high school I didn’t know anyone who was black, Jewish, Hispanic, or gay*. When I moved away from home, I was blown away by how different people outside my little world really were, and fascinated by it. I was, and am, determined to raise my kids to respect and appreciate the differences of others and to understand that deep down we really aren’t that different.

A few years ago when DS was 4, we ran into the husband of a co-worker at a music festival. My co-worker is also male. I probably went overboard in my introduction, but I wanted to get the point across that it’s perfectly OK for some families to consist of 2 dads or 2 moms, or one parent, or parents of different races/religions.

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 11:22am

Silence is golden.


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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 9:29am

Well hellooooo to you too! :smileywink:

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 5:03pm

Yo! Good to see your name at least ;) Come over to the other place, please, wanna ask you sumtin.

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 11:35am

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 11:33am

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 11:23am

GAB keeps the beer in the crisper drawer.


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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 11:10am

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 10:44am

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 10:15am

Besides, it's not like I let my 12 and 13 year old drive even if I didn't offer a small glass of wine with dinner, so why would I after the wine?

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