Do you talk about social inequalities with your children? Why or why not?
We live in a world full of change. Inequalities exist and people are again rising to show their distain for it. Do you think it is important to teach children about these issues or do you think these topics are better left for later?
I don't have kids yet but when just few years back when I was a kid, mum and dad use to talk a great deal about social inequalities. Dad would say social in quality is great divisional factor in good social relations leading to hatred, ill-will. immorality and in general a chaotic society. Good times lost. Learnt a lot from my parents and should impart the knowledge to my kids when the time is right.
I believe it is important to teach children about social inequality from the perspective of the past, present, and future. In other words - what types of social inequality have existed in the world, what current social inequalities do we have, and how can we effect the future. Teaching children about these issues promotes critical thinking skills and getting them to express themselves about how they feel about social inequality helps to develop confidence in their expression. Of course, all conversations with children should be age appropriate. A general rule of thumb is: if they ask, then they're ready to know. Always make sure the lines of communication between you and your children are open - that nothing is off the table. You will be respected and trusted as the parent. I raised my three children that way - they are now all in their 20s. I've been told that discussions related to social inequality helped them to appreciate all they have; and they learned not to prejudge someone else.
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Don't have kids but I am raising my little brother and I think its incredibly important, he and I go to volunteer at homeless shelters every weekend together and when he works with me in my shop half his wage is his to keep and half is donated to a charity of his choice, its been great to see him develop a social conscience ad learn to care bout those less fortunate.
My son sometimes comes with questions to me. I always let him know since...always. Why? Because, I want him to have knowledge and clear vision to make the right choices for himself now and in the future.
If we know as children those things, we may be more tempted to do job training during summer, take extra classes, ponder what we want to do in the future...not to get caught like so many who have great potential but no preparation or wrong ones!
I also want him to embrace the world and work through it, not fight or get stuck...knowledge gives light, light makes the way clearer for one, especially young ones.
Love and peace to all and blessings.
I sort of try, but I am hampered by a wife who tries to spoil them and an ex-wife who spoils them even more. I want to instill curiousity in these kids, which is difficult with so many stimuli out there. The toughest thing is getting them away from video games and television so that they can spend time with me, enjoy the outdoors, and find time just to think. Thinking is important for children. They used to be able to do it while riding in the car. Now they have portable games and movies to keep them preoccupied 100% of the time. I don't want to shove political issues down their throats without them asking the questions first. The most I get is to read with them and sneak in some history lessons here and there.
I absolutely talk about social inequalities with my kids. I do it in a way to invite discussion and abstract thinking rather than impose what my beliefs are...although they do know what my beliefs are too.
Yes because they are young me and need to know how to handle themselves in different situations.
I am so thrilled to have an opportunity to answer a question on this topic. For many years I have been frustrated with listening to the things people would say to their children about their cultural heritage or color specifically.
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I was am so glad you asked this question. I began to answer it and it turned into a hub because of the amount I had to say about it.
My bottom line is - It has always been my belief that if the negative seed is planted, it too shall grow, but not into the pure and precious flower it could have become without the negative influences. We live in a land of TOTAL opportunity and if you don't find that to be true where you live then it might be best to look inside of your mind to see what kinds of conditioning you grew up with and try to change your self-perception. If it is a fact that you are in an area that doesn't allow your own growth and dreams to foster, then do research and MOVE to the right climate that would allow you to thrive and develop into the person you desire to become and share that with your children. You have permission to be anyone you want to be and the right to live your dreams in this country. That is what children believe until someone ruins their beliefs or plants an unproductive seed in their mind.
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I can talk a lot about social inequalities and I share this fact of life with my children. Nothing can ever be equal. There are going to be rich people and there are going to be poor people - good/bad, honest/dishonest - no matter what we do, we can never make things equal. All we can do is have the attitude that we are going to do the best that we can to do right by ourselves. What I have learned in life is that even when I come across someone who is bent on making things wrong for me, keeping a positive attitude about myself allows me to respond in a way that keeps me dignified, gaining a little more respect, and in most cases, a little more favor than I would have received had I not maintained my composure and levelheadedness.
Yes I do. I tell them that people look at one another differently because of social inequalities. Yet, what I teach them is regardless of who a person is socially, they still bleed the same as we do, they still want to be loved like we do, and they still work hard at what they do. Therefore, we need to treat everyone the same regardless or race, creed, work place, religion, monetary status, fame status etc...
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