We presented kids with two pictures, one of Bruce Jenner and one of Caitlyn Jenner, and their reactions will both surprise you and inspire you.
Children are amazing. Understanding. Unbiased. Without predisposed notions.
Here they were presented with something new. Something most had never thought about before. And while they had questions:
They were able to immediately recognize right from wrong when we read them some of the awful tweets that were written about Caitlyn’s transition:
And they were able to have empathy for someone making a change that would allow her to be more comfortable in her skin. A change that would allow her to be her true self.
As parents, it is our job to teach our children tolerance and acceptance. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about differences in race, sexual preference, gender equality, or gender identity — children should understand that we are all unique and special in our own way. That our differences make us better.
These #HatchKids are onto something. There is a whole lot we can learn from this next generation.
To help engage your kids in a conversation about empathy and identity, you can download our activity guide PDF here.
Acceptance and understanding of those around us, and those different than us, begins with you.