How to Explain Race to Kids (VIDEO)

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crayonsIf you think your kids don't see color, you're dead wrong!

They notice that difference early on, but not in the way that grown-ups do. Peach, brown, yellow, tan. To our little ones, it's like the world is a walking, talking box of crayons.

One thing they can't figure out though: Why do we come in this rainbow of colors? I've heard parents say everything thing from, "God painted us that way," to "Some people bake in the sun too long."

Well, if you want to know the real deal, check out the latest episode of CafeMom Studios' Your Kid Asked What?!? :



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Sarah Grace

When I was 5 or 6, the Wednesday night children's church teacher was my favorite. Miss Ann. She was black. I definitely noticed her skin color, but it didn't make a difference to me. It was just like noticing someone's hair color or the fact they wore glasses. Children notice skin color as simply that, skin color. They learn about "races" later from their parents and society.

butte... butterflyfreak

My daughter is almost 5 and has yet to say anything about people being different, whether it's skin color, body size, or disability. We go to the park and she will approach ANY child, black, brown, white, doesn't matter to her, it's just another playmate.

One day, when she was about 2.5- 3, we were in Wal-mart, standing at the checkout line. A person came up behind us in a wheelchair. I believe the person had some kind of muscle control issues, not really sure but she had a couple people with her. My daughter approached the lady in the wheelchair and started talking to her, as if she was just another person. The lady with her commented on how wonderful it was that my daughter did not show any fear of the person in a wheelchair, saying that kids NEVER approach them.

Another instance of my daughter's acceptance of people's differences. We went up mushroom hunting (no, not the magic kind) with my husband's best friend, who is a caregiver for the mentally disabled. Chris wanted to bring one of his clients with us. This guy was pretty much non-verbal and obviously not "normal." My daughter treated him just like she treats EVERYBODY. As if he was a new friend.

GlowW... GlowWorm889

I didn't know the "why" until I was a junior in college and took a sociology class on race. My professor logically started the semester with the difference between race and ethnicity and why people have different skin colors. Before that, I didn't really have an interest in it.

RoughGem RoughGem

I think my parents just said "because they were born that way" and left it at that. If it were up to me, I'd probably get way too technical and explain how different skin colors and facial features were adaptations to specific environments in which those groups of people lived and changed, but... I'd probably bore a kid way before I got that far.

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