Good and Bad of Fairy Tales for Children
Good and Bad of Telling Fairy Tales for Children Every...
Let’s look at what’s the meaning of inclusive thinking. As the word inclusive means taking everything into consideration, leaving nothing behind. Inclusive thinking means thinking about everything or everyone. We need to have inclusive thinking in order to be able to accept and treat everyone well.
Thinking in younger children is developing a habit of accepting and interacting with other children with or without disabilities and differences.
This tendency has to grow with intermingling with people of different ages in a family environment, people without gender bias or race inclination in a workplace/school, in addition to free, sufficient, supportive interactions with people with or without disabilities at any time.
The best help for them would be to model the behaviour we want them to have. So we need to be more inclusive first. We need to work on ourselves first. We need to examine our own prejudices, beliefs, past actions, the underlying thought process behind the actions, our perceptions towards those different from us. We must accept ourselves and forgive ourselves and strive to be more inclusive in our behaviour and thoughts.
Your beliefs become your thoughts and thoughts become your words,
The words of your become your actions, and actions become your habits, and Your habits become your values,
So we need to focus and work on our beliefs in order to become more inclusive. With time being inclusive will be an ingrained value and we will be a good role model for our child and other children around us.
We must answer children in a straightforward, honest manner. Say for instance your child sees a person walking using a walker.
Say for instance your child sees a person who uses a hearing aid.
So if your child gets curious about a person wearing a hearing aid,
You could either explain it as “She has a hearing problem, ” or
“She uses a hearing aid because her ears aren’t capable of hearing sounds clearly.”
The first is honest and concise, but does not give your child any additional information and could imply a lack of effort. The second provides the child with information about the real reason for the hearing aid, and separates the hearing problem into a category that is separate from the person who experiences it.
Additionally, it would be good if you can answer these questions by emphasizing on the similarities of the other person with us. This way your child will seek to find similarities with others.
When you see a poor inclusive behaviour you could point it out to your child and share the response that would have been a good choice in such situations.
There can be innumerable ways you can find where the children can be made to play/work with different types of people, with or without disabilities, different gender, younger or older age group, different societal status. The aim is to make all sit around the same table with the same cheer and spirit, without excluding or leaving out anyone.
Aim to achieve this by aiding children embrace people and concepts more casually than consciously.
There should be neither “I don’t want to play with a girl” nor “oh, poor thing, let me play with the boy with walking sticks”.