At kindergarten age I remember being teased for being fat, and other kids being teased for having a funny sounding name, and equally silly reasons. I think it is the age where kids begin to get a better sense of what is 'normal' and what is not, and where they are experimenting with social roles, status, power, etc. As a parent I think you can gently guide your child away from that ("that isn't very nice, please try not to do/say that" and then enforce that as you would any other guidelines)
As for insults from others when out with kid, I think the important part is to not show ther insults having power. Try not to show much hurt or fear, and to mostly communicate that insulting others is an act of weakness or illness. Acknowledge what was said, if necessary, and add that it was probably said to try and make you feel sad. Why? "Because some people seem to like making others sad. No, I don't know why, but the people who do that don't seem like happy people themselves. Anyway it isn't nice to make fun of people because they are bigger or smaller or dress differently or talk differently or like different food or anything else. You and me, let's not do that, ok?"
That’s a big piece too. At younger ages they don’t have an appreciation for why this is a sensitive issue. It just...is. Kids are like that and it takes being patient and understanding; willing to take the time to teach in a matter of fact and unemotional delivery.Children of 4 or 5 years may ask their questions. that's okay. That's the way it should be.
yay, I love all these "why..."questions on literally everything.
Explaining that diversity is a good thing might help those embarressed parents to find an answer when this topic pops up at home, again.
That's what I hope, knowing the opposite..
couple that with being a busy household and it really is a lot harder than it sounds!I have wondered how to teach healthy eating. Is it even possible? Children watch TV and are bombarded with ads for candy, soda, and fast food. How do you say, "we don't eat those things" when all the other children they know DO eat those things?
But have you ever had Brussels sprouts wrapped in applewood bacon?!?!Well, giving advices about healthy eating when rising a child feels like entering the arena of loving and caring but also fighting moms and dads. I usually avoid doing this because there are many ways and all could be right or wrong.
Anyway, for me it turned out to be a good, and sometimes pragmatic way to just offer different kind of food we already have on the table. I offered our son all we had cooked too. Sometimes he liked it too, sometimes he didn't. I made some good experiences with offering some fruit or vegetables with a meal when they are old enough to eat those. Little round ones like grapes, blueberries or olives. At his age of two I had a big fan of olives at the table . I also still offer some fresh vegetables like sweet peppers, cucumber, carrots or little tomatoes , or even cooked ones like carrots, broccoli or green peas with every meal. These are colorful, have a nice taste, are healthy and that just became a constant component for his lunch.
For me it is most important that he needs to try everything that is new on the table.
Ok, no rule without exception - some things I don't like he won't be able to taste at home because i won't cook them for a meal (Brussels sprouts ).
And concerning the sweets, candies and sodas what @Rojodi said. It helps if there are only a few at home. We don't exaggerate eating them but they are not forbidden.
And most important: children copy the eating behaviour of people around them. If they see others eating something with joy - they want it too. At least my son is like that. Mostly.