Parenting minority children in today’s world is important. There is a need for conversations about race, inclusion and being tolerant of everybody no matter their skin tone and background, so we’ve brought on Jackie Douge, M.D. & Host of “What is Black? Podcast” to help educate us!
In this episode, Jackie shares how we can start these open and honest conversations with our kids. She talks about the importance of creating a lived, shared experience with people of all races and the themes her podcast explores including the misperceptions of race that occur in the world.
She explains how adverse childhood experiences such as racism can impact a child’s wellbeing and how she hopes her podcast will help inform and educate parents on how these issues can impact their children in the long term while providing them with helpful insight to navigate these concerns as they come up.
WHAT’S IN THIS EPISODE ABOUT PARENTING MINORITY CHILDREN:
- Parenting minority children in a happy & healthy way
- Informing and educating your children about racism and prejudices that happen in the world
- Having open and honest discussions about tolerance and inclusion
- Creating a lived, shared experience with people of all races
- Lifting up your kids and sharing positive messages with them
- Providing information to your kids and continuing to have conversations about race, intimacy and other important topics as they grow developmentally
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MORE ABOUT THE HOST OF “WHAT IS BLACK? PODCAST”:
I’m a first-generation bi-racial Black woman, mom, pediatrician, writer, podcaster and child health advocate. I grew up in Washington, D.C. and convinced my hubby to move back to Maryland nearly 13 years ago.
I love my kids and family and raising them has been the joy of my life but it hasn’t come without challenges. Many of the challenges I’ve faced have been around addressing the issues of race and racism. I’ve had to have real conversations about what it means to be black enough and what defines being black.
These conversations reminded me of the struggles I had growing up because of the way I looked compared to the rest of my family. I hated the question, “what are you?” But I’m older and helping my kids try to answer the question, “what is black?”
OUR FAVORITE QUOTES FROM JACKIE DOUGE ABOUT PARENTING MINORITY CHILDREN:
“The science is proving what I’m seeing from my own experience.”
“It’s important not just for black parents to talk to their kids or parents of color to talk to their children about issues and concerns. It’s really about everybody understanding that it’s important to talk about it.”
“It’s important that we all talk to our kids about these issues, about diversity, inclusion, representation, how we treat each other and tolerance.”
“Indirectly I am hoping that individuals who are not raising African-American kids, that they would have an understanding that this does happen, this really does happen for communities of color, it’s not just on television.”
“We’re all influenced by what we see and hear, so if your only interaction with an African-American is what you see on television then that’s what you’re going to expect.”
“Kids need to be exposed to images that reinforce positive messages, positive experiences.”
“If you’re a kid and you’re constantly seeing images that are negative and not enough positive, what do you start to believe?”
“As parents, we have to create communities and villages to reinforce how wonderful our kids are and we have to create counternarratives.”
“It’s important that we get comfortable talking about race so hopefully we can start to build the blocks so that we dismantle racism and particularly systemic racism.”