from the playground...
What are these guides?
Messages from the Playground is a metaphor. We all played on the same playground. There are collective societal messages we hear growing up we either consciously or subconsciously latch onto.
Messages from the Playground are the subconscious beliefs we all pick up from our childhood. We all have them. They formulate our belief system and it’s our belief systems that control the way we operate our lives.
Not communicating something, communicates something.
Who are these guides for?
These guides are a tool to be used with any youth ages 6-24. My intention is twofold:
When, why, and how do we use the guides?
Children need to be affirmed for who they are. Children will also learn anything we teach them. If we can equip a child with an understanding of something before it’s communicated otherwise, we experience acceptance of others and acceptance of self.
7 simple and effective steps to use guides:
My ultimate goal is to create a conversation with parents around the possibility they may or may not have an LGBT child.
At the very least, their child will jump rope or play tag with one on the playground.
Have this important conversation or encourage someone you know. These conversations can lead to powerful and lasting outcomes.
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