Teaching Justice to Children

O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.” ~ Baha’u’llah
Over the generations people fought for justice, equality, and peace. I believe all these fundamental virtues are taught from childhood. So today I want to share with you on how we teach justice to our children. 

Justice is a powerful human virtue. It allows us to measure our actions and act upon consideration for other people. 

Justice is not about “bringing someone to justice” and, therefore, judging them and sentencing them. It is about equality and fairness for all people. It is about a chance for everyone to get access to education, jobs, healthcare; for every child to have a chance to grow in normal conditions, surrounded by happiness. 

Justice is one of the principals that Martin Luther King stood for. Justice frees us from prejudice, it allows us to make judgements based on character, not skin colour, or nationality. Justice gives a fair chance to everyone without exception. It requires everyone to follow the rules and laws. 

Here are some tips on how you can nurture justice in your children:

1. Created simple rules that all family has to follow. E.g. everyone has to brush their teeth before bed. Everyone has to clean up after themselves. 

2. Talk about equality and what it means. Discuss responsibilities and how they change with the age. 

3. Discuss some age appropriate news with your children on what is going in the world. Ask them to think of the ways they think the problems can be solved. 

4. If your family is religious, you can say a prayer once a day together for healing the world. If you are not religious, you can create some confirmations to share that your children can repeat every day. For example: “I am of this world. And this world is mine. It belongs to me just as it belongs to everyone else. Today I am sending healing vibes to the worlds and its citizens”.

5. Teach children generosity, sharing, compassion, caring. You can see some of the examples on how to approach these virtues in my Virtues Series.

6. Teach your children to love the world. To avoid discrimination. To accept everyone as they are. This doesn’t mean letting things slide if someone is doing something terrible. It means keeping hope for everyone can change and everyone deserves a chance to life. 

Martin Luther King Day for Kids on Multicultural Kid Blogs

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How to Talk to Kids About Martin Luther King, Jr


Photo Credit: National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Mag

As people in the United States are getting ready to celebrate MLK Day, the rest of the world might wonder what it has to do with us.

What does it have to do with me, a woman from Russia, and my children who are born and raised in China?

What does it have to do with my Caucasian husband who grew up in Tanzania as “mzungu” (white person in Swahili)?

Why should any of us commemorate what seems to be “yet another American holiday”?

Well, a lot! And I made it my goal to take time and introduce my oldest, who is now over 7 years old, to this special person and his important work.

And to answer the questions above which I know my daughter may ask:

– Martin Luther King, Jr, did not only make a huge impact and the beginning of a radical change to the attitude and relationships between white and black people of America.

– His work, his words, his life have made impact on all of us around the world.

– He brought about to the West the concept of non-violent protests.

– He was aiming at equality between races, and nations.

– He is one of the reasons why we are so lucky to be in a very multicultural and multiracial environment here in expats communities abroad.

– He is one of the reasons why civil rights of people of color around the world have been promoted. Why anyone has a right for vote, the right for voice.

And so, these are the things I will continue telling my children. I will continue letting them know that once you have a dream, a vision, that will help you become a better person and make others change for the better, this dream will come true. You just need to be persistent, determined and love the world.


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