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Teaching Children To Accept Others Begins at Home

Learning to accept others helps children to accept themselves

Headlines today consistently echo the problems that exist within our schools and communities and how it reflects a moral breakdown in our society. There seems to be little tolerance for accepting differences in others, resulting in increased violence within schools and communities. Part of the problem is the lack of respect toward diversity. Children of all ages need to be taught respect for diversity and learn that other people and families, though different, can share similar experiences and values. Reading is an important tool for broadening a child’s universe in a safe and stress-free way. Teaching children through creative storytelling, the meaning of diversity and how important it is can increase their understanding and acceptance of others.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success is reading aloud to children. A recent study showed that children read more when they see other people reading at home. Over the past 25 years studies show a gradual and steady decline in the number of children who read for fun outside regular school hours.

This decline in recreational reading, says Tory B. Hanlen, author of Sense and Non-Sense (BookSurge Publishing), has contributed to children seeking inappropriate means of expression, which includes a lack of respect for themselves and others. “Families need to meet this challenge of teaching children to accept differences in people, as well as teaching them good and acceptable behaviors.” Awareness that differences exist, and that there is more than one approach to an issue, can expand a child’s universe and appreciation of others.

“Having self-acceptance is what allows acceptance in others,” Hanlen says and children need not be afraid to be different themselves. Broadening their horizons allows them to understand that “different” is acceptable no matter what side of the track you live on.

In her children’s book Sense and Non-Sense, Hanlen cleverly tells a humorous tale of a “normal” family who moves onto Nonsense Street and how their behaviors are the exception and not the norm—while the Nonsense Street folks seem strange in comparison, they are a simply different fun loving family. Through humor, Hanlen offers a painless way to reinforce lessons about good and not so good habits. Sense and Non-Sense opens the mind to the fact that “normal” is in the eye of the beholder and what is the acceptable is determined by each individual family.

Hanlen is also the author of Across This Puddle I Must Go (BookSurge Publishing), which lets children and adults explore together ways that a child uses their imagination to overcome everyday challenges.

About The Author

Tory Hanlen began writing children’s books when her son was young as a way to teach him good family values. Hanlen brings these stories to life for other children to enjoy. Her books bring a smile to both children and adults alike, depicting scenes and images that are naturally common to the experiences and thoughts of a child.

A native of Brooklyn , New York , Hanlen is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a BFA in Design Graphics.

Sense and Non-Sense

BookSurge Publishing, 2006

33 pp., Trade Paper Back

$17.99.

Across This Puddle I Must Go

BookSurge Publishing, 2006

43 pp., Trade Paper Back

$19.99

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