Today at 1pm EST Joy and I will be answering questions live on Vermont Public Radio’s show “But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids.” You can find the show online here: https://www.vpr.org/programs/why-podcast-curious-kids#stream/0
Kids have already been emailing their questions into the show, like this one from an 11-year-old boy who is black from California: “Why do white people think black people aren’t as good?” Another child asked, “Why did that happen to George Floyd?” These are painful questions to hear coming from kids. But they are asking them. And parents need to be prepared to answer them. With a combination of assurance that they are safe, an acknowledgment that what they are talking about is real and scary, naming the unfairness of the situation, and pointing out the people who are trying to make a difference and change things, we as parents can be present with our kids in this moment and commit to doing what they can to make this world more safe for everyone.