October Letter from Religious Education

Conversation is Key:

It can be difficult to talk with children about courage, what it means for them, how to engage with it, etc., most especially if parents/adults have not “checked themselves” about how they are engaging children.

The following article, How to Raise Kids Who Are More Tolerant Than You, from Greater Good Magazine (Sept. 26, 2017) offers five important suggestions:

1. Use specific, individualizing language, not generalizations

2. Highlight common ground instead of exaggerating differences

3. Check whether your body language matches your intentions

4. Remind kids of their choices of social groups with positive missions

5. Talk about when it’s time to take a stand

The entire article is an informative, short read at https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_raise_kids_who_are_more_tolerant_than_you

With hope,

Rhonda Wingfield, DRE
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Richmond, VA