Most parents use some form of encouragement to help their child with potty training. Candy, sticker charts or sometimes a special new toy are all popular ways encourage toddlers to successfully use the toilet.
One 2-year-old named Sophia had earned such a special trip to Target to pick out a prize. She picked out a doll. According to the Instagram post by Brandi Benner, Sophia's mom, when they went to pay for their purchase, the cashier asked them if the doll was for a birthday party present or for a friend. Confused by the question, Brandi said it was a prize for Sophia for being fully potty trained.
The cashier then asked, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?" Sophia assured her she did. The cashier continued, "But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you."
Sophia's answer is perfect: "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?"
Sophia wasn't focused on the differences between herself and the doll. She just loved the doll because of the similarities.
Brandisaid in her Instagram post, "This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful."
Children learn what we teach them, whether it's good or bad. Attitudes toward others are contagious, especially to young, developing minds.
Read and encourage diverse books with characters whose race, religion and life experience is different from your own.
Visit churches your neighbors or friends attend that are not what you are used to.
Learn about other cultures by visiting other places, reading about them online or in books. Consider trying foods from places around the world.
Try learning simple phrases in another language.
Have dolls, children's books, movies and TV shows that portray diversity readily available in your home.
If the topic of someone's differences comes up, discuss it as a family. Don't make talking about differences taboo, but do make hateful statements toward anyone a big no-no.
If we teach our kids to avoid, dislike or hate certain people or we focus on differences between each other, that's what they will learn. Afterall, prejudice is something that's taught.
Conversely, if we teach our kids to love without boundaries, to accept others, to see the beauty in others regardless of skin color, body type, religion, economic status or abilities, then we are cultivating a world with more kindness and less heartless discrimination.