1. How does this project contribute to social justice parenting?
- Fiercely dedicated to social justice, 'Growing Into Equality' focuses on the growing movement toward ALL equality (e.g., gender, race, LGBTQ, religion, disability, immigration, economic class) by offering accessible parenting tips. The 'big-picture' goal is to help parents raise a generation that instinctively embraces fundamental fairness for all humans.
2. What kind of resources does 'Growing Into Equality' offer?
- To equip children with the words and actions needed to contribute to social justice, 'Growing Into Equality' offers quick-read handbooks for busy parents. Each handbook is intentionally structured like a user guide to enable easy access to expert-backed insight.
3. Why does this project divide 'equality' into separate subjects (e.g., gender, race, LGBTQ, disability, etc.)?
- 'Equality' by itself is a vague concept. Especially for children. Kids learn most efficiently (and adults too, for that matter) by digesting and retaining small chunks of information. This 'chunking' strategy reduces cognitive load making the information easier to process. Similarly, children's curiosity is usually focused on one subject at a time. They might need specific information (ONLY) that pertains to a certain family member or friend. Separating 'Growing Into Equality' handbooks into standalone subjects prevents parents from having to sift through verbose parenting books to find the information they need to respond quickly to inquisitive young minds.
4. How do 'Growing Into Equality' handbooks differ from children's books?
- Wonderful new 'social justice' children's books are appearing daily. But most parents know that while reading these books, children will inevitably ask questions. It's up to us as adults to answer their questions accurately. 'Growing Into Equality' handbooks provide answers to help parents guide the next generation toward a world that truly embraces 'equality and justice for all.'
5. What age group does 'Growing Into Equality' target?
- Handbook content is written for parents of elementary-school children. The reason for addressing this particular age group is because, according to the American Psychology Association, the cognitive development of elementary-school kids is ideal for learning, processing, and remembering social concepts. That said, there are different maturity levels at every age and parents know best what is an isn't appropriate for their own child.
Note: All handbook suggestions strictly adhere to the American Psychology Association's child development guidelines.
6. Who writes 'Growing Into Equality' parent handbooks?
7. What's next?
- Plans to write more handbooks to help parents teach respect for immigrants, homeless people, and the U.S. indigenous population are in the works. If you have ideas for more 'Growing Into Equality' handbooks, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.