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7 Tips for Building Tolerance in Children

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7 Simple Tips for Building Tolerance in Children

1. Explain to your children simply that we all live in the same world and it is important to try to get along with people regardless of how they look and what they believe. Remind them that they, too, are different from children in other countries, and maybe different from some children in their own neighborhood and school. Ask them to describe differences without judgment. Then ask them to describe where they are same. Perhaps in the heart we are all the same.

2. Ask your children how they want to be treated and whether it is fair to treat others differently than that.

3. Explain that rather than being fearful or critical of people who are different from us, we should be happy we are not all the same and that it is fun to learn about diversity of people around the world.

4. When your children or teens do things that indicate a lack of tolerance, share with them special tools (see links below) that are scientifically developed to help them release anger and manage their emotions. This will help them see others through new eyes and a coherent heart.

5. Have a conversation with your children about not blaming all people of a particular nation, ethnic group, religion, etc. for the cruel acts of a few from the same group.

6. Talk to older children and teens about compassion – caring about others and what they may be feeling and going through.

7. Encourage your children not to be afraid of friendships with children who, although they may look, speak or dress differently, seem to be nice and respectful of others.


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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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12:47PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

good tips

10:48PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

I taught my children to celebrate ALL cultures. Didn't put people in separate categories. The world is beautiful due to the unique contributions of ALL people. Hate breeds Hate.

8:58PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

THANKS FOR SHARING ... especially the links

8:13AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Good info, thanks, re-shared!

1:19PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

We can only teach acceptance of others by being an example!

11:33AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

the only problem is there are so many intolerant parents teaching their kids intolerance

11:26AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

This is a wonderful article and reminds me of my mother's memory of the first time I, as a young child, discovered/ realized that people are different colors. I asked her, "Mom, what color am I?" She said it was the sweetest, most innocent question, and I believe to this day that her response to my question made ALL the difference in how I began to formulate my understanding of peoples' differences.

I also give a lot of credit to having grown up withe Sesame Street in the 80s. :)

5:19PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Helpful article

3:48PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Helpful article. Thank you very much

3:48PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Helpful article. Thank you very much

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