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Black History Month: How To Explain It To Your Little Ones

Black History Month is here! But what exactly is this month and how do you explain it to your kids? Thanks to Carter G. Woodson Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate African-American people. We put together a few tips for you to keep in mind while teaching your young ones about the importance of this month.

Start with the idea of fairness

All children understand the idea of unfairness, which makes it a great place to start when explaining the difficult parts of history. You can explain how African-Americans were treated unfairly for hundreds of years and fought for over a century to be treated like everyone else. As your children get older, you can explain to them the history in more detail.

Talk about the positives!

Remember–Black History is more than just hardship! Talk about the amazing contributions they have made to society as a whole. A great place to start is to teach your kids about the impact of Black music, Black scientists and inventors, activists, and any other important cultural contributions. There are a ton!

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  Don’t forget to mention the present

 Remind your kids that the fight is not yet over and that inequality still exists. History is still being made every day, and by learning about Black History they are contributing to the fight for freedom and equality for all!

It’s never too young to teach your kid to celebrate differences and to have respect for different backgrounds. And it’s also never too late to teach yourself more. After all,  Black History is American History and is something we should all know and appreciate.

Girls Run The World!

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It is Women’s History Month, and women and girls are still making history as we speak. Instead of focusing on accomplishments of women in the past we wanted to switch it up. Here are the girls who are changing our present and our future.

Mari Copeny aka Miss Flint

Mari is the definition of a child activist. She has been fighting for clean, lead-free water in Flint, Michigan since she was 8. Her work has caused people around the United States to address racial inequalities of water quality. 

Greta Thunberg 

One of the more well-known young women activists, Greta Thunberg is a Swedish 17-year-old girl who has been extremely outspoken about climate change. She has been invited to speak at the UN and other large political events.

Emma Gonzales

After surviving a school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Emma Gonzales and other students from the school led one of the largest gun-control protests the country has seen. In addition, she gave one of the most memorable speeches about gun violence at the March For Our Lives protest. 

Malala Yousafzai 

Another household name, Malala Yousafzai began her fight for female education around the globe. Her bravery reached new levels when she faced a horrible attack for her activism, but continued to advocate for the cause. She also started the Malala Fund, which helps girls around the world fund their education. 

Khloe Thompson

Homelessness was something that concerned 11-year-old Khloe Thompson when she decided to found Khloe Kares, a foundation that provides care packages to shelters and homeless individuals around the nation. The foundation has dispersed 1000s of care packages to date. 

These are only a few of the young girls who are helping to make our planet a safer and more equal place. It is no shocker that these women are so young and making such a huge impact because who runs the world? Girls!

Women Need Allies Like You

Allies for women, it’s your time. Although Women’s History Month is ending, women’s rights are always important. After all, women need allies year-round. Thankfully there are several ways you can step up to the plate. If you don’t know the best way to be an ally, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

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What does it mean to be an ally?

An ally supports and defends someone who is less privileged than themself. There are many ways to support someone else, and at times it may be a little uncomfortable to speak up for someone. But thats just what the world needs. 

We need men to be allies for women

Most men listen to other men more than they listen to women. When a woman speaks up about the inequalities she faces, it is less likely for her claims to be taken seriously unless she has men as allies supporting her issues. This is why it is so important that men who are willing to be allies amplify the voices of women and their experiences. 

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Listen Actively

You must hear what someone is saying before you can amplify their issues. As an ally one of the best things to do is listen. Actively listen to what the women in your life say their experiences are and take their words seriously. 

Accept Differences In Experiences

Pay attention to the conversations of women you are close with, but also understand that not all experiences will be the same. You can also expand your viewpoints by doing independent reading and research. When you have a better understanding of gender issues, you can be a better.

We really aren’t that differenta group of peoples hands coming together

While there have been endless books written on the differences between men and women, there is actually a lot more in common than we like to acknowledge. Everyone wants respect, fair treatment, and to be heard. By making the decision to be an ally to women, you are helping the world become more equitable and safer for all.

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