I recently had a great time sitting down with Ward and Al on SiriusXMCanadaTalks in their Toronto studio! It was a great interview, full of thoughtful and interesting questions. You can listen to the interview right here Let me know what you think!
I recently had a chance to sit down with Patricia Kozicka at Global News to discuss my recent book, "What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity." It was a thoughtful interview, full of interesting and thought provoking questions. Resulting from this interview, is the following article which was published yesterday:
Patricia was able to synthesize the interview and outline three important steps to combat racism: 1) start talking with your children about racism, prejudice and discrimination early, 2) model inclusive values, and 3) talk with your children about the world's problems. The principal idea here is to not shy away or hide from the discussion, but rather to face it head on.
Since the article was published yesterday, it has been shared more than three thousand times on social media. It is clear that it is hitting a nerve amongst readers.
As Patricia quoted me in the article, "“I believe all of Canadians have to fight against discrimination," I urge you all to fight to make the world a better and more respectful and inclusive environment for all!
I wrote "What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity" to combat bullying.
For nearly 20 years, I have spent countless hours working front line with children who have some kind of difference. These differences include mental health challenges, developmental/learning challenges, changing families, differences in sexual & gender orientation and cultural changes--to name just a few.
I have heard countless heartbreaking accounts of bullying, prejudice and discrimination. My heart has been broken time and time again. Yet, the pain I have experienced listening to these stories dims in comparison to the pain these children and families have experienced.
It has though taken its toll on me--doing this frontline and excruciatingly difficult work.
I made a decision a few years back to reinvigorate myself and my work by stretching beyond my clinical office and university classroom and to dive into creative works. These creative works have allowed me to share my knowledge with an even bigger audience. More importantly, these creative works have allowed me to advocate even more fervently for the changes I believe we need to see in our society.
I dream of an open, caring, nonjudgemental and inclusive society where we help each other rather than fight each other. I dream about a world where we work together to care for our children and the sick, fight poverty and care for our environment. And most importantly, I dream of a society where we all we strive for peace.
I wrote "What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity" to help take a step in that direction. I hope that parents and teachers and caregivers read this book (over and over again) to little ones so that they grow up with a respect for diversity, rather than with a fear of it.
I hope and pray that we all learn to #CelebrateDiversity!
I just returned from an amazing trip to Toronto where I talked about my recent book, "What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity!"
My trip began with a wonderful interview at Breakfast Television, where I was able to talk about each of the three books in the Just Enough Series.
I continued with radio interviews with 680 News, Sirius Radio, & Global News. I was able to stop by Parentbooks to say hello and to sign some of the books.
The trip finished off with a wonderful event at the Norfolk County Fair where I met wonderful members of the Norfolk County Library team. I was able to talk to many children, parents and teachers.
The trip was so much fun! I will post links to these articles as they come available!!