Do you ever wonder what might happen if we all just took each other on face value?
When my daughter was around 7 months old, we took a trip to the French Riviera. We’d chosen to go out of season, so our June Eurocamp holiday was dirt cheap and also half empty.
A few other nationalities had also decided to take advantage of the just-before-peak prices, which meant the only other kids in the pool were Irish, German or French.
Lady P was obviously too little to talk but we watched her play and interact with the other children in the pool, sharing toys and using the little slides together.
Fast forward 2 years, and we have a very chatty (never stops talking) almost 3 year old.
Again we are away but this time during summer holidays as we are with my brother and his family (teachers and kids of school age). So the majority of the other kids in the pool are Dutch or Spanish.
When her cousins aren’t around to chase, Lady P is again making friends with the locals. They are copying, sharing toys, playing nicely together and enjoying craft club.
It shows that kids take each other as they come
There is no question over colour of skin, mother tongue, or what the other one is wearing.
They just see the similarities of them all being kids.
They figure, “you’re a child, I’m a child, we can play together”.
They have no prejudice. They do not discriminate.
Our job as parents, is to protect our children from the influences that create these prejudices. We must work blooming hard to make sure we don’t subconsciously inflict our views onto their innocence for as long as we can.
A quote springs to mind when I think about this…
It’s probably actually impossible because children do learn from their parents. They will pick up on our traits and beliefs, but when it comes to judging other people or situations, we must try to help our children retain their innocence towards each other for as long as possible.