Give Your Baby a Welcome to the World from the President

We think each child is uniquely created for a special purpose and they need to know that the minute they arrive in our wonderfully crazy world. Their arrival should be celebrated, supported and blessed.  Turns out the President agrees. Did you know you could ask Presidents of the United States to write cards to your new baby?

Yes, you can!

5 Ways to Celebrate Diversity with Your Child During the Holidays

The holidays provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to celebrate and teach children about diversity. Since your child's classmates may have different customs than those you and your children practice, it allows you to talk about traditions and culture. Your child  can ask questions about the celebrations of others, as well as their own holiday traditions. From what meals are served at the holiday table to gift giving practices, celebrate diversity with your child during the holidays to provide them with  a deeper appreciation for all practices and beliefs. This is the perfect time to reassert that difference is not only OK but beautiful!

Children's Book Gatekeeper: The Key is in Our Hands 

It is obvious the power publishers have in deciding what content, and whether diverse content, makes it to the marketplace. However, librarians, parents, grandparents, book store owners and teachers are also gatekeepers. Librarians can decide where to direct visitors, parents can choose to purchase books with multicultural characters and teachers can expose their students to ethnically and culturally diverse material. Each of these roles either perpetuates the lack of diversity in children's literature or transcends it by promoting a variety of books that celebrate diversity.

Breaking the Cycle: Why is Our Increasingly Diverse World Not Reflected in Our Children’s Toys?

The 2014-2015 school year was the first time that non-white students outnumbered white students and the likelihood that the next person you meet will be of a different race or ethnicity stands at 55% (USA Today Diversity Index). That is set to increase to 71% by 2060 according to the same study, meaning the next generation, will have more than a 7 in 10 chance of encountering a different race or ethnic group. We are rapidly moving into a more multicultural world and yet, the toys that line the aisles of big box stores like Target and Walmart don’t reflect that diversity.  

Diversity: Let’s Change the Products Offered to our Children

Parents, if we simply rely on Disney and Mattel to decide what images reflect today’s children, we may be waiting a long time for diverse offerings. Many organizations, including Little Proud Kid, have realized that providing multicultural toys and media will require us to become the change we need in order to provide a more immediate solution. 

The Power of Play: Should There Be ‘Boys’ Versus ‘Girls’ Toys?

Toys are exciting and magical for children, allowing them to explore their creativity and test the outer limits of their imagination. Beyond that, toys serve an important practical and developmental purpose by helping them learn how the world works, allowing for social interaction and problem solving.

Our Diverse World Invisible in Toy Market

The 2014-2015 school year was the first time that non-white students outnumbered white students and the likelihood that the next person you meet will be of a different race or ethnicity stands at 55% (USA Today Diversity Index). That is set to increase to 71% by 2060 according to the same study, meaning the next generation, will have more than a 7 in 10 chance of encountering a different race or ethnic group. 

Ten Quotes about Cultural Acceptance

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” - Marcus Garvey

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” - Maya Angelou

“Diversity means understanding.” - Stuart Scott

5 Tips for Talking to Your Children About Race and Culture

As precarious as racial sensitivity is today, it seems almost taboo to talk about the topic of race and the role it plays in our society, let alone magnifying the extent to which it exists.

We’re afraid that even broaching the topic of race, and highlighting dissimilarity in culture and color, will somehow distort the lens our children see differences through, banning their perspective to a ditch of racism that they will never be able to dig their way out of.