Everyone is different

Children notice differences from birth and talking about these with your child from a young age can create respect for differences and build your child’s own understanding of themselves.

At around three years of age, children often start to enquire about differences between children or adults. If your child asks about a cultural or physical difference, this can be a learning opportunity for you to discuss that everyone is different and it is okay to be different.

Your child might notice differences in hair, skin colour, dress or language and want to discuss why people look or act differently. Talking about the differences in your own family, or even the differences in skin colour on your own bodies, can help teach kids that being different is okay.

As your child plays with others, they will learn about different cultures and upbringings and may be curious. It’s important to let your child know that each family is different. Help your child understand that everyone has specific things they are good at, and point out positive aspects of people around them. For example, Max is good at reading and Tom is good at riding a scooter.

Your child will learn about the world from you. By talking to them about individuality, you can help them understand their own self-identity and the world around them.

Image Children of different ethnic backgrounds smile as they play together

Published — 15 September 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016

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