The world is a bit of a scary place at the moment for some people; in fact, for too many people. We firmly believe here at KiddyCharts that we all have a voice, and it is our duty to use that voice to educate ourselves, each other, and most importantly, our kids about what values are important in society. To educate that discrimination for whatever reason has no place in our world.
My daughter is 14 years old, and, working with me, has taken some mantras on Pinterest and run with them to help create a family values printable for kids that we hope gives you the start of that education. Home is where we learn so much of how to treat other people. We copy our parents, so we must all take moral responsibility for teaching our kids that everyone is equal. Inequality, and prejudice is not acceptable in our families and houses, and it isn’t acceptable outside our front doors.
The guiding family values we chose are that:
- Love is love,
- Black lives matter,
- No human is illegal,
- Science is real,
- Feminism is for everyone, and
- Kindness is everything.
It is simple this set of values, and it WILL take a little explanation outside the broad brush poster, but we all have to start somewhere, and we think that this is a dam good place to start.
If you do need help educating your children in some of these values, or understanding them yourself, then there are some excellent resources to help you to do so. These are resources both for kids, and for YOU – take the time to look and explore. There really is a lot going on here….
We have started to help below – but Google CAN be your friend, so take a look there too, but make sure everything you read goes through your sensible filter too.
To download the poster above, and the colouring in version, you need to SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE ARTICLE and click on the square image with the poster on the wall. The download is included there.
We do want you to take a look at the ideas first though, so read on….
And we know – the lines in the poster are a little wonky, but the world ISN’T a perfect place, so neither is our poster.
We are just trying to help make it a little better for everyone in it by sharing and educating: one small step at a time.
Love is love
We hope that this needs little explanation for you. All love is real, and should be supported. Our children have the right to make whatever choices about their bodies, sexuality, and identity they wish.
- If you are in the US – try the bisexual resource centre,
- For those in the UK, Childline has some excellent resources on helping kids understand their feelings, including on gender identity, and
- Stonewall has an amazing information service too.
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Black lives matter
This is a worldwide movement, and the best place to go to get information and to educate yourself is their own resource site: BlackLivesMatter. You can also search the hashtag on social media as well of course.
The movement is about speaking out about the discrimination that people of colour have to face in their everyday lives. It is about not standing by when decisions and actions are taken because of the colour of someone’s skin. Speak up and be heard: stand together.
No human is illegal
This is a phrase that we needed to educate ourselves about before we wrote this; it refers to the practise of dehumanising immigrants by referring to them as illegal immigrants. There is no such thing! There are illegal acts, but there are no humans that are illegal and don’t have a right to be.
We should all take a step back and think about the language that we use and how that effects others.
You who are so called illegal aliens must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel Peace prize winner and holocaust survivor
Science is real
This is a tough one to explain too – it is a pretty simple phrase, but it means so much.
However, it boils that to this:
We believe in the consensus of scientific fact and scientists about key issues in our world.
That means that if there is a scientific consensus on an issue, then we accept it, and not the conspiracy theories that might circulate to discredit it. Examples are that vaccines cause autism, or that climate change is a hoax, etc.
Maybe we should let They Might be Giants explain it…
Feminism is for everyone
Feminism isn’t about the elite, or helping more women get to the top from slightly lower down, it is cross society, it is cross gender. It’s for us all. This is an excellent podcast on the topic, bringing together many different voices on how to practically help broaden the discussion, and to free feminism from its so called “elitist bubble.”
Over to the kids to explain what feminism actually is – so an illustrator can draw what feminism is…
Kindness is everything
This one is, in our view, the easiest of the lost. Teaching our kids to be kind is one of THE most important values we can instil in them. It can be done from a very early age. Remember, we have a wealth of resources on the site to help you to teach kindness to your children, and to help spread it too.
Well done – you made it through all the values! Now to download the family values printable for kids, including both the colour and the colouring versions, you just need to click on the square image below.
Thanks for coming by and see you soon!