Let's Talk About It

Addressing issues of race and equity @MelrosePS

With all that is going on in the world right now, it can be difficult to know how to broach these topics with your own children. This newsletter contains some ideas for starting these conversations with your child, as well as ways to begin to address the issues of race, equity, and take action in your home everyday.

Please preview the resources and decide as a family which meet the needs of your context and your child. We hope you can find below a resource as an entry point to help you and your family during these times.

Talking to Kids About Race

This article, an interview with Jennifer Harvey, author of

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

helps parents and caregivers figure out how to talk their children about racially-charged events. While many may have grown up in a home where "silence was a pervasive norm", we want to be sure we don't remain silent nor pass down this silence with our own children. It's important that we teach our children to "engage well in conversations about race, to talk about and respond when racism is happening."

"We cannot wait to talk about it with our children, because segregation is so deep that if we just wait, it will never come up." This does not mean that we have to show them the news and or videos, but we can be clear about our support for anti-racist movements and help them understand the systemic issues at play. Head here to read the full article.

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race

This resource is designed to help parents of all backgrounds talk to and

guide their children about race early and often by lifting up age-appropriate activities

that can be incorporated easily into your daily life. We hope these tips provide some

much needed support for families committed to building tolerance, racial equity, and a

social culture where all kids and families can thrive!

Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism And The Protests

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, also recently co-authored a book for young people on fighting racism: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

Mindfulness & Reilience

During times like these, it can be hard to identify all the emotions you are feeling as well as build your resilience to help you manage them .The mindfulness practices in this free ebook by Calm Classroom "empower children and adults alike with mindfulness-based techniques that support mental and emotional well-being. We recognize that there are events unfolding across the globe right now that we don’t quite have control over. What we can control, or at least try to, is our individual and collective response." Read through the ebook to try "Standing Mountain", "Shake & Relax" and check out their "Feeling the Breath" video below to help you and your child be present in this moment. You can also try the Mindfulness Injustice practice from Mindful Schools linked below, a good practice for secondary students and adults.
Calm Classroom Practice of The Week - Feeling The Breath

Mindful Schools

Mindfulness of Injustice by Mindful Schools

Books to Read Together

Melrose Public Library staff have put together a book list of material for all ages to learn more about racial justice & civil rights in our country. If you are looking for resources we invite you to take a look. Titles are available in digital format with your MPL card. Head to the site below to see the list and check them out digitally.

Recommended Books for Adults

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“Talking About Race”

National Museum of African American History and Culture releases “Talking About Race” Web to help people explore issues of race, racism and racial identity.

Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

Movies, TV, and books can be powerful teaching tools when it comes to helping kids understand race, racism, and a history of racial oppression.

How to Talk with Kids About Racism and Racial Violence

It starts with checking in on yourself, and then listening deeply.

Melrose Public Schools

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