Celebrating Pride: Embracing differences, building acceptance and fostering love!
“A rainbow is not afraid of showing its true colours because it knows it is beautiful inside out,” says a Canadian philosopher. Introducing gender indentities, diversity and pride into a child’s life is important and equally sensitive. So, when can parents, caregivers and educators let children explore these topics?
Child psychologists recommend nurturing young children from a place of positivity, anti-bias and acceptance, while intentionally weaving values of kindness, honesty and empathy into the fabric of their lives. By encouraging vulnerability, respecting differences, and providing open and safe environments for discussion, they believe, we can raise individuals who feel worthy, fight intolerance and push for equal rights.
Through June, we highlighted books that gently, yet powerfully touched upon topics like sex, gender identities, attraction, family dynamics, diversity, inclusion, tolerance, kindness and acceptance across age groups. We kickstarted this series with a moving review of our award-winning picture book ‘Guthli Has Wings’ written by Kanak Shashi.
Later, we shared exclusive excerpts from well-acclaimed books like ‘Big Hero, Size Zero: Gender Talk’ by Anusha Hariharan and Sowmya Rajendran, ‘This is Me, Mayil’ by Sowmya Rajendran and Niveditha Subramaniam and ‘Blue and Other Stories’ by Suniti Namjoshi. Today, we’re closing this series on a high note! Are you ready to chase rainbows and paint your nails with our lovely ele-friend 'Ranganna'! Let’s dance and prance!
June 30, 2021