Sept. 27, 2004, midnight
Worldwide Day to Play is being celebrated on Saturday by Nickelodeon. The station plans to go dark from noon to 3 p.m. With childhood obesity reaching epidemic status, it's important to encourage kids to turn off the TV and get exercise, if only for an afternoon. Teaching your child about diversity can start at an early age. Parents should acknowledge that everyone is different, that everything has value. They should lead by example and home is where children should first learn tolerance. Raising children in an environment that accepts individual differences will allow parents to discuss the ways people are different. Remember that those differences may include age, gender, skin color or even weight, as well as ethnicity. Children learn by example, demonstrate your tolerance with your words and actions. Talk to your child about tolerance and expose them to diversity by reading books about other cultures. Attend multicultural events in your community, such as Unity in the Community, held in Spokane each summer, and sing songs from other cultures. Talk about your family's heritage, where your ancestors lived before coming to this country, and which customs your family still celebrates. Answer your child's questions about differences honestly, using simple, nonjudgmental language, and remind you child that we're all different and that it is those differences that make each of us special.