How do we teach our children about different types of bodies? How do we teach them not to stare or point at others who look different from them? How do we help them understand the difference between empathy and pity?
All of this and more is discussed in this week’s powerful episode with Amy Webb, an artist, writer, and special needs mother who advocates for the disability and special needs community through her interviews and writing on her blog and other platforms. She is the author of the award-winning children’s book When Charley Met Emma, and she just released a follow-up entitled Awesomely Emma this month!
Listen in as we discuss the nuance of teaching our children about the world and the varying types of people in it!
Three Takeaways for Teaching Children about Disability by Amy Webb
- Bring disability representation into your home, through media, books, and conversations. (A great place to start is with Amy’s books!)
- Teach your children that being different and having a disability is okay and NOT inherently sad. It’s important to teach our children not to pity others or make assumptions about their lives but to instead listen, learn, and empathize.
- Remember that “kindness” is not the goal, friendship and inclusion are the goal. Have open conversations with your children and other parents to figure out ways to modify the environment so kids with all types of abilities can build deep friendships.
Amy’s blog, This Little Miggy Stayed Home
Amy’s Instagram, @thislittlemiggy
Amy’s article on Cup of Jo: “Navigating a Special Needs Encounter”
Amy’s books! When Charlie Met Emma and Awesomely Emma
Other Children’s Books that Represent Disability
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Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
All the Way to the Top by Annette Bay Pimentel
Hiya Moriah by Victoria Nelson
A Kids Book about Disabilities by Kristine Napper *Use the code 3IN30 for $5 off
Episode 141: Raising Children with Chronic Conditions // Andelin Price
Episode 147: Teaching Children How to Advocate for Themselves // Dr. Traci Baxley
Episode 140: Raising Culturally Curious Children // Preethi B. Harbuck
Last Year’s Episodes in the “YOU are Your Child’s Most Important Teacher” Series
Episode 099: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex // Kristin B. Hodson
Episode 100: How to Talk to Your Kids about Pornography // Diina Alexander
Episode 101: How to Talk to Your Kids about Skin Tone & Race // Dr. Lucretia Berry
Episode 113: How to Teach your Kids about Racism // Jasmine Bradshaw
-A podcast I’ve been loving lately: Notes from the Backpack hosted by the National PTA. Their recent episode “Talking Race and Kid Lit” with author Kwame Alexander is exceptional.
-Many thanks to BetterHelp online therapy for sponsoring this month of 3 in 30! Use the code 3IN30 for 10% off your first month.
-Don’t forget that my online courses about starting and growing a podcast will be open forevermore! Whenever the time is right for you, check out Podcast U. if you’re ready now, join by October 5, 2020 for a sweet bonus. (Find out more about that here.)
Which of these tips that Amy Webb shared did you find most helpful? Let me know in a comment below!