Use Storytelling to Explain the Issue
Diving into the complexities of systemic oppression isn't something that most children would be able to understand. However, that doesn't mean important takeaways can't be conveyed in other ways. Tameka Anderson, founder of Parenting Confident Kids and a mom herself, says swapping stories with your child about how oppression has affected you can be a great way to initiate a conversation. From here, you can ask your child to respond with a similar story or just see how hearing your story made them feel. "The key is to make it engaging," Anderson says. "Tell stories, lots of them, in order to meet the child where they are."