One mom had a great lesson for children on hate, and she posted it to her TikTok account, and it has gone viral. At a time when the world needs love, there seems to be a lot of hate going around and children are noticing. With the recent mass shooting in Atlanta, parents are having to have difficult conversations with their children. Some moms are using their social media platforms to share their teaching moments, and there is something we can all learn from them when we need to have these talks with our children.
According to Today, Jane Park is an Asian-American mom who was troubled with the recent shooting in Atlanta, and her children noticed. She decided to use this as a teaching moment on hate, and it has captured the attention of many.
In an interview with the news outlet, she said that her children are 7 and 5-years-old, and that the state of the world does frighten her. She felt that she needed to have a conversation with her children. So, she used a “game” that she had played with them before, and it quickly went viral.
Jane frequently uses flash cards in her TikTok videos to play “sight word tests” with her young children, except this time, one of the cards said, “Stop Asian hate. Hate is a virus.” She had told her children previously that this card had a message and she wanted them to think about it.
In the TikTok video –it can be viewed in full here– she held up the card, and they all read it out loud together. She then explained to her children that just like a virus, hate can infect people and then she asks them how they feel about the recent acts of violence that have been going. Her son can be heard in the background saying that he feels sad because they killed people, “Asian people.”
The video ends with Jane telling her children the importance of not staying silent against racism and hate crimes. She then goes on to say that they can speak out against it, that they can talk about it and that they can build awareness about it.
These can be difficult conversations to have with children, and conversations that no parent wants to have but they can be important for children to understand what is happening and how to grow to be a better generation that erases stigma, hate and racism.