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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Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:29pm
Not in my area...you must live in a very "bad area" full of "cruel ppl"
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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:31pm

Uh huh....:smileyvery-happy:

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:32pm
Their is nothing to explain and it is none of your business.
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Registered: 12-01-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:32pm

I understand that dear-- what I'm telling you is that it's not a reality in our world -- *shrug*

I send her to Catholic schools for a reason beyond the religous instruction and the excellent academics and that is b/c of ths trict culture of respect -- respect for self, for friends, for teachers, for God -- that has served us well these past seven years and will serve us well for the coming two years.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:32pm

Uh huh....night...

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:33pm

Ok...you can try to convince yourself that then...lol!! Night...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:34pm
If that's true, that's another reason I'm glad my DD is not on FB.
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Registered: 12-01-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:35pm

you're so funny ... it's almost cute....

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:35pm
Im sorry to hear it...I would move if i was you! I would not want to be in a "nicer area"
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Registered: 10-22-2009
Mon, 12-27-2010 - 9:36pm

Night...im glad we agree~ ;)

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