Teaching tolerance to our kids

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Registered: 06-16-2010
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.

Kevali


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Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:42pm
I have no idea what you are asking me?
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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:45pm

That is the reason

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:45pm
Um...do you have reading comprehension problems? you asked my a question that was just answered in your copy and paste of my post....

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:46pm

In what WAY are you raising them that are getting whispers?

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:52pm
Yep, we try to do the same.
I have one (very) conservative friend, who seems to be fighting with the school system all.the.time. She keeps *warning* me, of the things that I'm gonna be up against. But when those same things come up for us, my kids have already been exposed to, and had some discussion on the issue, so they aren't blind sided and there isn't a big hairy issue. My kids are free to form their own opinions concerning things, we don't expect them to follow us and go against every *convenetional* teaching out there.
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:54pm
"It give "christianity." believers as iam a bad name. "

Yes, it does. Unfortunately, the squeaky wheel gets the oil...and those are the ones who get the attention. I am so thankful that I know more *loving* Christians than judgmental ones.
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:54pm
Ignorance is bliss. ;)
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:55pm
Save your breath....
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:57pm

I like my dad's attitude.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:58pm
Is that what you think?

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