It seems like every day, we hear about different hate crimes, racism, and bigotry. But at our core, aren’t we all human beings? The world is a vast place, with all different kinds of people in it, but we’re all people. We are diverse, but we are also very similar. This can be a hard lesson to teach our children, but it’s an important one.
Momma, we are raising the future. It’s up to us, you and me, to change the course of our world. We can raise a future generation that is taught tolerance, acceptance, love, and respect. We can raise children who know that despite our differences, we are all the same. We can teach them that different isn’t a bad thing, and isn’t something to fear. But it starts with us.
Luckily, Night In Boxes is here to help us tackle this huge topic. With their latest box, Common Bonds, they give you an entire plan for how to talk about things like diversity and equality. So let’s dig in!
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What’s in the Common Bonds Box?
As always, I was blown away by the fun night that was planned for us. It seems like some months are just for fun, like the Day at the Farm box, whereas others are educational, like this and the Finance Club Box. I love the educational ones. Yes, please!
- The packet explaining our night
- The book Whoever You Are
- Game pieces (finger puppets)
- Game board (inside the packet) and cards
- Two granola bars
- Globe ball
- Pen pal template
- Custom Spotify playlist
We had so much fun digging into this box! My son is two (a year younger than the suggested age for Kid’s Night In) so he may not absorb everything involved, but he certainly had fun! Plus this was a great learning experience for me. I know that I’ll need to broach these big topics at some point, and now I have a good idea of how I’d like to do that.
Activities to Teach Diversity
They had a bunch of fun activities this month, and I gotta say, the globe ball was a huge hit. Plus, it went with every activity pretty much!
Whoever You Are
If you’re wondering how to start the discussion on equality and diversity, start with this book! You can grab Whoever You Are on Amazon at that link.
The book essentially tells us that no matter who you are, there are others like you. Even if they dress differently, speak a different language, or live far away, they are still very similar to you.
Aside from the message of equality and diversity, I thought it was also a great opportunity to talk about empathy. For older kids, you could talk about how lucky they are to live in a developed nation and talk about ways you could help these (very similar) kids in other countries. And when big emotions overwhelm them, maybe you could remind them that someone far, far away is likely feeling that same way. 🙂
I thought this book was super cute, and I’m so glad it was included. Inside our pamphlet, they had a short message from the author, which I thought made it extra special!
This doesn’t really teach anything about diversity, but it is a nice little activity! I wish they had added something, like maybe flags of different countries rather than just colored tiles. Just something to tie it all together.
Overall, I wasn’t super impressed with it, but the “pieces” were finger puppets, so we’ll be using them again!
Listening to Diverse Music
The Night In Boxes team always creates a custom playlist. The Spotify playlist this month is full of songs from around the world! We got out our ball and my son and I had an epic dance party. I’m always up for a dance party because it helps burn his (seemingly endless) energy!
For older kiddos, you can try to guess which country each song is from (they have the answers in the pamphlet). And for some geography fun, use the globe to locate each place. You can even show them how close their guess was, or how far off it was! I love visual aids. And my son loves balls. Win-win!
This month, our snack came from This Bar Saves Lives. I think it’s great that our snack ties into the theme and supports a great cause.
This Bar Saves Lives creates nutrient-dense bars to help fight malnutrition. From what I gathered on their website, it looks like for each bar purchased, they give nutrition to a child in need. It was a bit vague, but no matter what it’s a great effort.
This is another great opportunity to talk about how fortunate we are and brainstorm some ways to help others. Thanksgiving is coming up, so now is the perfect time to remind your child to be grateful for all that they have. Perhaps you could volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen together as a family.
I’m actually pretty sad that my son is too young for this. Night in Boxes has set up a pen pal program! I’m hoping that they’ll continue to push this occasionally in other boxes so that my son can participate at some point.
They give you a little template and you can answer all the questions and mail it back to Night In Boxes. Then they’ll set you up with a pen pal from somewhere else and you two can write letters! What a fun way to illustrate to children that we are all connected and similar.
I honestly think that books are the perfect way to open up a conversation about difficult subjects. Whether they’re difficult because they’re distressing or because they’re hard to explain, books give us a jumping off point.
With this months Kid’s Night In Box, I loved that they dug deeper and helped us really start a conversation with our kids. The world we live in makes it hard to truly accept all people. I mean, there are endless horror stories out there. One look at the news could convince you to never trust another human being again.
But this box really helped remind me that we are all much more similar than we are different. When we teach diversity to our children, I think that’s an important concept to highlight. No matter what someone wears or the color of their skin, they are humans with emotions and thoughts of their own. I really enjoyed this box!
How to you talk to your kids about big topics? Do you have any other favorite books that help teach diversity (or any other important subjects)?
Be sure you grab your box for next month!