#AntiRacism: Teach your child tolerance in five easy steps

It is of utmost importance that your child grow up accepting the differences and diversity of our beautiful country.

Tolerance; the one thing which could possibly end the battle of racism, xenophobia, terrorism, discrimination and even homophobia.

However,  even though tolerance can cause world peace, it is a life value which the majority of this country lack.

Children judge, tease and bully one another because of their differences in religion, sexual orientation and even their circumstances at home.

How are we meant to be confident the future generation will be successful one day, when they can’t even live and love together as children now?

This is where we as parents need to step in and teach them the diversity of our country is what makes us special and beautiful.

After all, we are not called the rainbow national for nothing!

Peace, love and tolerance should begin at home, and we as parents are responsible for how our children will grow up and treat others.

To help you in doing so, we have compiled a list of five ways parents can foster tolerance in their homes: 

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  • Teach them to love unconditionally

Children are born innocent. They love no matter what, and trust just about everyone. This only changes with what they see, hear and learn from their parents. Make sure your children are taught to love unconditionally no matter what. Teach them that race, gender and even financial status does not make one different to anyone else.

  • Practice what you preach

In order for your children to be tolerant, you need to make sure you, yourself practice the same values. Do not judge, discriminate or talk down to others in front of your child. Again, tolerance starts at home, and children tend to adapt to the ‘monkey see-monkey do’ method. If your child grows up to be rude or biased, it’s because he/she was taught so at home.

  • Equip them with proper life values

Strong family values are an important role in every household, despite your race or religion. You cannot expect other people to respect your culture and beliefs, if those same rules are not implemented in your own household.

  • Teach them to embrace the diversity of South Africa

Yes, teach them to embrace the diversity! We are made of people from all walks of life, but at the end of the day, we are one nation. Teach your child that it is okay to be friends with someone of a different race, religion, status, orientation and size! Teach them to stop bullying someone because they are perceived to be overweight, or prefer boys over girls. Being different is what makes us great, and every child needs to understand this.

  • Teach them respect

The single most important life lesson a child should know is respect. None of the above-mentioned steps can be implemented if respect is not there. Just because you do not believe in someone else’s religion or cultural ways, does not give you the right to disrespect them. No one deserves to be disrespected and hurt in any way, shape or form.

Remember, the future of our generation depends on the way you raise your children!

Zianne Leibrandt

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