Though my kids are too young to learn about the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., the concepts of diversity are things that can be introduced to kids at any age.
We are definitely a diverse family. My husband has a Dominican background. I’m a Caucasian woman with German and English roots. We have a daughter who is African American, a son of Mexican heritage and another daughter who is multi-racial — all precious gifts of adoption. Though they are toddlers and preschoolers, they already notice some difference in all of us…differences in hair texture, eye color and yes, skin color.
We talk about diversity in general terms — how we are all generally structured the same (two eyes, two ears, etc.) but we all look different. That’s what makes us special.
I’m sure as they get older, the questions of race, culture and diversity will get more difficult. But right now, we are just trying to teach them about loving and respecting people — despite any differences in looks, language, religion, jobs, traditions or anything else.