Many — possibly most — kids will be taunted at some point in their childhood, whether based on race or a litany of other factors like gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, physical condition, social class, wardrobe, academic or athletic abilities, and so on.
When my daughter was racially taunted at school, a blasé Grade 6 lunchroom monitor (also Asian) informed her, “You’ll survive — I did.” Though a tad dismissive, there was wisdom to her words. Because it’s true: we want to raise survivors, not kids who fall apart whenever a hurtful word is flung at them.
Here are some ways to help your kids ignore the ignorant:
There’s nothing wrong with trying to fit in, but it can be done without abandoning sign language for lip reading or avoiding temple.
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