Knowledge, Peace and Justice

How to Raise a Tolerant Child

Teaching your child about tolerance seems to be an easy task but in practice it’s the result of many different actions. Here are 7 rules that you may follow, but the whole list is much longer. Our aim was to create a list of the most basic rules for teaching children how to be tolerant and open to the world around them. Let’s begin!

Rule 1 - Start from yourself

It is not possible to raise tolerant children if their parents are not tolerant themselves. Children learn by mimicking their parents and this process is based not only on what we tell them to do, but also on what they see us doing everyday.

Rule 2 - Listen to what the weak and marginalised say

You can’t be tolerant of something you don’t know. To raise tolerant children, you first need to teach them to listen to those who are marginalised in society.

Rule 3 - Introduce your children to the world of...

… books

We will write more on this topic, but recently many books published on the Polish book market enable children to get to know about people who are different from them. Not to mention books in English which also introduce this topic!

… films

It is worth to choose foreign films to watch. They can tell us a lot about different countries and different cultures. Children’s film festivals, which have been organised more and more often recently, can also be helpful. We strongly encourage you to take part in the KINO W TRAMPACH, which will take place in Warsaw at the end of May. This festival offers many films from all over the world that are definitely worth watching.

… and various cuisines

Tasting many different dishes is a great way to provide variety to your cooking repertoire and to introduce children to the world of different cultures.  To facilitate searching for tried recipes, here is the link to Kid World Citizen web page Kid World Citizen. We hope that your children will love this culinary adventure.

Rule 4 - Encourage your children to learn on their own

Encourage your children to learn on their own, to ask questions and look for answers by themselves. When children have this freedom of making their own decisions about other people, they tend to be more tolerant and accepting of others.

Rule 5 - Explain to your children that rights granted to those born in the more peaceful parts of the world do not make them superior

In other words, the fact of having certain privileges does not give the right to marginalise others, to discriminate them against or to attack them. On the contrary, it gives the ability to help others. Sometimes we don’t have an idea, how many immigrants are among us.

Rule 6 - Remind your children that diversity is useful

It is sometimes worth to remind your children of how boring our world would be if all people were exactly the same. We need diversity for the world to develop.

Rule 7 - Make sure your children know that they can always count on you and your unconditional love

Repeat to your children that they are loved no matter what. If children know that you love them no matter what their conscious or unconscious decisions are, or if they are successful or not – this will help them understand that all people deserve to be loved unconditionally. This is a basic but very important truth.

And finally a few beautiful words about tolerance.