The Anti-Bully Remedy is Tolerance
As parents and guardians, we want our children to get along with everyone. No one wants our child to be the "bully" who teases and mistreats others because they are different.
Mastering tolerance will help our babies grow up respecting those who are different from themselves and allow them to recognize when a behavior is unacceptable and not be allowed.
The Oxford Dictionary defines tolerance as: "The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behavior that one dislikes or disagrees with."
Checking Our Own Attitudes
We might even make stereotypical jokes that we might think is funny.
Sometimes we forget that our children are listening to us.
Reading a book to our children about tolerance may open our own eyes to some biases we may not be aware of.
We might learn that some of our own personal stereotypes that we picked up from our environment growing up may be unhealthy.
If this is the case, we can then make an effort to change our attitudes so our children can grow up respecting everyone.
It’s A "Small World" After All
The first thing I remember as child is the music "It's a Small World" playing over and over again as our family waited in line for our chance to sit in the Disney Magic Kingdom boat ride in Orlando, Florida.
The ride took us around the world exposing us to different cultures of little people dancing and singing the same tune over and over again.
So, I thought this book, It’s a Small World by Richard M Sherman, was fitting to share about teaching tolerance.
It also includes an audio CD with the song so kids can listen along:
It's a world of laughter
A world of tears
It's a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all
For those who are illiterate and have challenges reading this book, click here to view an online book!
Reading Books About Tolerance May....
-Teach our children how to have positive attitudes and respect for others.
-Encourage sensitivity and inclusion
Click here to view a list of books teaching tolerance.
Let's prepare our children for the global society they have to compete in by teaching them that tolerance is about accepting people for who they are.
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My name is Cee Strickland, and I’m the founder of Cee & Learn. I live in New Jersey. I am a Literacy Awareness Coach, Advocate, Tutor, Speaker, Facilitator & Writer. I have 3 daughters and 3 grand-kids. I love dark chocolate! I am also a pageant queen whose platform is literacy! Read my full bio by clicking here. Literacy Matters!
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