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    Default How did/do you explain differences in races to your children?

    As in, we have white skin, some people have darker/browner skin?

    DS has never raised the question before but his language has improved a lot, his school class has a very diverse range of ethnic backgrounds and his best school buddy is (I assume) of Indian descent. DS was reading some words to me tonight and one of them was "tan" with a picture of someone who had obviously been in the sun too long. I don't want him to go to school on Monday and asked his friend if he had been in the sun too long!

    So how did you explain (in very simple terms) the differences in physical features between ethnicities?

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    That people from different countries and cultures have different skin colour but inside we are all the same

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    DD1's first bestie was half African ( age 3.5) and when she asked I just said that how you looked depended on where you came from. This led to talking about languages and accents too. Culture and custom were discussed as she got older and more curious

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    If I just give him the "because they are from different countries" line he is still going to ask why, as in why do people (or their ancestors) have different physical characteristics?

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    The question has never come up. I dont know what i would say. Im surprised the question hasnt come up, My step father is Aboriginal/Torres Strait islander and has dark skin. Both my kids have grown up with him and they dont comment on the difference, it's just normal to them. Though when DS1 was about 2yrs old and we went on the plane, every dark skinned person he saw he talked to, smiled at and laughed with. He noticed them and associated them with being happy (like he does with poppy).

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    All I said to dd was that everyone is different, just like some people have darker/lighter hair, some people have darker/lighter skin.
    I've kept it simple like this. Some people have different hair/eyes/etc and so some people have different skin colours too. As my ds has got older we've talked a bit more about different countries, but mostly I play down the differences. He has one friend from China and one from India and to him they are just the same as all the other children in his class (which of course they are!).

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    That all people are different... Some people have dark skin, others have light skin. Just like Some people are tall, others are short basically.

    I have briefly explained genetics and how different countries of origin can lead to different skin colours, accents, behaviours etc. That its all perfectly fine and as unimportant as someone with blue eyes as opposed to someone with brown.

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    Funny.. My dd1 never noticed race at all until she started school and they did NAIDOC week. That was when she realised some people were different coloured.

    I don't use the term black, I say brown or dark brown. I really hate derogatory terms for any race.

    Dd1 goes to a multicultural school that also has special needs kids, including downs. She understands they are different, but realises they are still people with feelings regardless of colour and abilities. As far as I'm concerned, race, colour and abilities are a non issue here.

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