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#Parents of white kids: You are NOT powerless to keep your kids from being radicalized into white nationalism/alt right/alt lite/far right belief systems. The government isn't going to act, so we MUST. 1/
1. Make time to meaningfully connect with your children. It's MORE important than any household chore.
2. Let their voices have agency to help create rules and how your family operates
3. Talk to them, starting very young about racial, gender, and sexuality biases.
4. Support them in developing & determining who THEY want and choose to be in the world. This will likely change several times over their childhood.
5. Engage in meaningful & difficult conversations, even if you are uncomfortable or don't know what to say.
6. Do NOT hit them. Do NOT shame them. Set and enforce boundaries in constructive, non-punitive ways.
7. Get involved with their online hobbies and interests. Talk to them regularly about their YouTube consumption and the games they are playing.
8. Talk to them about what to do when they encounter problematic content.
9. Encourage free expression of all feelings, focus on growing skills for how things are communicated, but support ALL emotions.
10. Let your kids fail and be afraid without shame. Be there for them.
11. Be a transparent work in progress. Commit to your own ongoing growth and let your kids see that. Model that ongoing change is possible
12. Apologize when you mess up.
13. Love them the most when they seem to deserve it the least. It's then that they MOST need you.
14. Commit to unraveling & addressing in an ongoing way your relationship with racism & white supremacy. All white people have lifelong work to do on this. It doesn't make you a bad person to see this.
15. Learn to recognize & address trauma-inducing events right away.
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