Eps 52: Sarah MacLaughlin and I talk Race, Privilege and Parenting for a Better World

Welcome! My guest today is Sarah MacLaughlin, a compassion coach, child behavior decoder, parent educator, author, speaker, and warrior for kindness. Sounds like a busy woman, doesn’t she? There is more! She is also the mother of an eight-year-old and is a licensed social worker in Maine. Sarah was a guest for Episode 30, when she discussed Setting Limits. I’m so excited to have her back to help us make sense out of some of the troubling current events in our country. How do we raise our kids to treat ALL people with dignity and respect in the midst of a predominantly white culture? How are we raising our kids to make a better world? Join us for this important and timely conversation.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The responsibility of parents today

  • Stop talking and LISTEN!

  • Making it all make sense to kids

  • Implicit bias: What is it?

  • Being rich vs. being wealthy

  • Why we fear discomfort

  • Our hierarchal society (it exists)

  • Finding opportunities for diversity

  • What’s NORMAL?

  • The anti-bias classroom

  • Why we can’t ignore US history

  • Why being “colorblind” is NOT the answer

  • Kids—they are ALWAYS watching!

  • How to confront others and express your discomfort

  • Is your home “whitewashed”?



Use Sarah’s name to find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Love First: Parenting to Reduce Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Other Forms of Hate, by Sarah MacLaughlin

Laying the Groundwork for Acceptance and Inclusion, by Sarah MacLaughlin

Talking to my White Child About Race, by Sarah MacLaughlin 

40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child, by Barbara Mathias

EDITORIAL: What I Said When My White Friend Asked For My black Opinion on White Privilege, by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

Thoughts From A Middle Class White Mama, by Casey O’Roarty

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh 

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