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I spent a lot of time at my first nanny families home. It was a 30+ year old recently divorced mother with a 2 year old. I covered date nights or just mama needs a break moments (Those are definitely acceptable). One evening we were hanging on the couch having our pre-bedtime chat. The question arose as to why my skin was darker than hers. Totally taken by surprise, I utilized this as a life long teaching experience. I explained the skin tones of my parents and how my skin tone id a mix of theirs. I then asked her is she closer to mommy or daddy's skin tone. It challenged her mind to see that she too was a blend of both tones. I continued the conversation by speaking on individuality (never too early to plant seeds) and how we are all the same regardless of our skin tone.

How will you handle talks about race?

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