Bringing Up The Idea of Classism to Your Children
Many might not be aware that there is a term for the discrimination against people who are in either a lower or higher “class” than you and your family, and that term is classism. Much like we look at the color of others skin or ethnicity, as unfortunate as that is to say, many people nowadays are also very aware of how much or how little other friends or colleagues are making in order to survive. Of course, this is not something that we want our children to be aware of, or discriminate against by any means. In all honesty, young children won’t notice that behavior unless they see it reenacted by those they look up to most … That means you parents!
If you are needing to approach the topic of classism to your children, try not to make a big deal of it. Yes, there are many families who are having difficult times in our society’s economic situation, but that doesn’t mean that we need to point out these circumstances on a daily basis. If you are making a decent income, and are able to pay your bills on time, then great for you. There are families who have to work multiple jobs just to bring food on the table, and we all need to be understanding and respectful of every person’s unique situation whether we know them or not. If we as the parents and adults project this behavior in our own daily lives, our children will be able to reflect that same behavior toward their classmates and friends.
It is so important for us as parents to show our children that no color, no ethnicity, no amount of money can make us so different from each other that we can’t interact with others with decency and respect. If we teach them the idea that hard work and respect will get them further in life than any job or degree, then we have done our job right. We are the guiding light for how our children behave and act in their everyday lives, so let’s start it off on the right track, and teach them the respect that every single person deserves, no matter what.
— Tommy Bodi