By Loveleen Rai
Pride is a great time to talk to your kids about the LGBTQ experience. Helping them understand kindness, diversity and accepting others for who they truly are. If you get to do all this while having fun with your kids, that’s a win for everyone!
2020 Pride Month does look very different to last year. Last year as parents we were looking to include our kids in some of the month-long Pride celebrations. This year we will look to celebrate at home and keep teaching our kids acceptance all year long.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas.
Decorate your balcony/porch- have fun with it!! Streamers, windmills, make it colourful and whimsical
Paint your face with iconic rainbows, gems, anything that brings the spirit of free love and happiness
Read , some great books with LGBTQ characters or concepts- These were just some of my favorites that my kids really loved too!
Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato (ages 3–8)
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell (ages 4–8)
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (ages 7+)
Have a great social distanced mini parade in your neighborhood. Create beautiful banners and billboards showing affirmations of LOVE and ACCEPTANCE. And make sure to wear your Prides best!!!
USE RESOURCES TO HELP TEACH YOUR KIDS-If you are looking for ways to talk to your kids about the history of Pride and why it is so important to champion equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other gender-fluid folks, there are many amazing, age-appropriate resources created by teachers and organizations like the Human Rights Campaign. https://www.hrc.org/explore/topic/children-youth