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Dora Botta

Teaching our kids to be inclusive

From the minute they were born, our kids started to learn how to live in the world by observing and imitating us. The way we talk, act and react to certain situations is key, as they’re watching us and copying our behaviours. We want to raise thoughtful, honest and loving adults, therefore, we check in with ourselves regularly as parents to make sure we are all of those things – I feel being an example is the most important part of teaching our kids inclusivity. Talking about others with empathy and understanding differences, are things we pay a lot of attention to at home. Parenting is one of the hardest things both of us have ever done – we are always learning and working on our skills and behaviours to be the best version of ourselves. Still, within a day or even an hour, we can be perfect examples, or one of the worst due to tiredness or stress. When that happens, we talk, reflect and try to find solutions so it doesn’t occur again or at least often. We are including the kids so they learn to understand emotions better. Here are some ways we teach inclusivity day-to-day.

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Hello, What makes a home? Is it where your family is? The town you grew up in? Or maybe it’s wherever you lay your hat? After years of moving around to different cities, taking different jobs and making different groups of friends, I’ve realised that home can take many forms throughout your life. My nan’s house watching Gladiators and Blind Date with my brother was home. The campervan that housed all my worldly possessions when travelling in Australia was (a very tiny) home. The London flat share with my best girlfriend in my 20s was home. The house I grew up in will always sound, smell and feel like home. And I hope I still have many homes left to discover. This month I’ve read so many stories of ‘home’ – from foster parents, the elderly, my colleagues and the communities striving to make the displaced feel safe and welcome. I’ve spoken to the people who attempt to make their towns a better place for all to live in, the ones who say ‘yes’ and go the extra mile to help other people. I’ve learned about places where neighbours are friends, not anonymous nuisances, and those who are happy and comfortable living alone. A home forms part of your identity and that’s a lot more than just bricks and mortar – it’s the people you love and the community you’re surrounded by that underpin it all. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor