In January of 2017, my six-year-old daughter and I were driving home from the grocery store when I encountered a new phase of my life as a father and professional. I was busy thinking about dinner when she asked, “Why would they want to build a wall? Will we still be able to see Vito (great grandfather in Juarez, Mexico)?” I could not stay silent.
As much google research as I have done related to supporting conversations with my children about uncomfortable topics, I rarely encounter meaningful information. Fortunately, my experience as an early childhood educator and researcher of identity development, have provided me with access to scholarly resources that help me provide research-based answers for most of the difficult questions other adults choose to ignore. The research and experiences has since proven to be valuable information for our family, friends, and the parents and early childhood professionals I work with.
This website is for anyone who is willing to have uncomfortable conversations with children and is looking for supportive ideas. OurChildrenAreListening is a space to think critically about the world our children are growing up in. You are not the only one fearing the messages of (in)justice and (in)equity children are bound to encounter as they discover the world. Whether it’s about racism, addiction, Native American relations, suicide, child sex trafficking, bullying or the other countless messages we experience personally, our children are listening and experiencing them too.
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