Helping Teens of Color Develop Identity

There are three “shoulds” when it comes to helping teens of color develop identity. First, you should promote cultural pride so your teen understands the value of diversity. Next, you should dispel harmful racial stereotypes. Finally, you should prepare your child for potential biases. And there’s also one “should not”––You should not avoid the topic of race with your child. They’re thinking about it, so create opportunities to talk about it. We live in a society where race matters, so make sure you’re giving your teen a place to explore this aspect of their identity.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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