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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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