One of the most common questions I hear is, “How can I explain differences to my kids?” Followed up with, “Is it okay to ask questions?”
As a mom to two children with special needs (Autism and Down syndrome), I’m always encouraging questions. And I’ve had friends text me questions about how their kids can better include my son, and questions about how to answer the question of, “Why does Claire look different?”
OK to Ask Questions
As long as questions are coming from a good place, they’re are always welcome. Because asking questions is how we learn and grow.
And another great way to start the conversation about differences is to read books that focus on inclusion and diversity.
Inclusion benefits all children, not just those who have special needs. Being inclusive means your kids can develop a greater sense of self as they learn to work collaboratively with others and offer care, empathy, and respect. Overall, they will grow to understand and respect diversity.
Here are some of our family’s favorite books.
Books about Differences and How to Be Inclusive
What books would you add to this list? Share with us in the comments below!