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.

Kevali


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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 7:58pm
What is this entire thread about?
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 8:16pm

I wonder why you would even stay in such a "bad" area then.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 8:38pm

Do you mean live in a area with ppl who have rotten attitudes?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 8:45pm

No an area that people "whisper" about the way you are raising your children. I surely wouldn't want to live in a "bad" area like that.

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 8:50pm
I would not want you to live here either...LOL!
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 8:53pm

Oh believe me, I am staying VERY far away from FL to live. You have NO worries-:smileyvery-happy:

Thanks for the NON-answer though-lol!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 8:56pm
Im not the least bit worred...i answered your ? you just dont like the answer.

Read it agian...

"Do you mean live in a area with ppl who have rotten attitudes? I live in a beautiful area. If that is what your asking...what ppl do, say, think , believe, act etc...does not control or define my life. i live here b/c i love my home, and property, I have a successful buisness and htis is where our restaurant is"


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Registered: 12-01-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:01pm

Yup-- b/c we're not ashamed and we don't live in fear and I'm teaching her to look back at th ebully with a withering stare of boredome and say 'so?"

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:02pm

Glad the "whispers" don't bother you. That would surely bother me as it seems they do a lot of "whispering" where you live.

Sorry your experience as been so bad with people with "rotten attitudes". I love where I live. Everyone is very friendly. 99% of the neighbors get along and get together from time to time. No one is "whispering" about each other. We are all very open about things too.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:03pm

That is good. She is not in middle or high school yet though, correct?

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