So I am looking for some advice or insight on how I could have this discussion with my child. We were at a play centre today and a little boy with very dark skin came over to play and my 3yodd starts saying really loudly "that boy is black, that boy is black". I don't know if she has only just noticed difference in skin colour now as she is exposed to many different cultures and half our family has olive skin and she has never mentioned it before. Anyway I pulled her aside and just said everyone has different colour skin and everyone is our friend ( I was in a kind of mortified parenting moment , so not the best response) I have since been doing some googling to figure out how I have the conversation with her . My concern is that she is using the word "black" all the information I can find talks about the varying colours of brown and I understand that she's 3 and to her this boy probably did appear "black" however to me that work can have and has in past history been used negatively towards people of different skin colour .
im not even sure if I am making sense, I guess I am wondering am I being to precious about it or any ideas on how I can discuss this with her. I just don't want her running around now calling people black and it being offensive.
if this post causes offence or upsets anyone that is not my intention at all.
TIA - any advice welcome