Win 4 Tix to the Swingset Mamas Concert Saturday May 30 to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters at Rack 'n Roll in Stamford

Come on down for a family show to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Saturday May 30th at 3pm at the Rack 'n Roll in Stamford. Click here to buy tickets. Or, even better, to win 4 tickets to the show for your family, just answer this question by Wednesday, May 28 by leaving a comment below:

How do you teach acceptance of people's differences in your household?

This question came to me after watching the Swingset Mamas' latest video above for "Take a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes." This song is inspired by Marlowe's (one of the Swingset Mamas) family and their experiences with autism. It features local Stamford families and children of all ages and abilities joyfully "stepping into someone else's shoes" to promote the message of acceptance and inclusion for special needs children and all people. Enjoy and share with as many people as you can!

To win for tickets to the Swingset Mama's performance next Saturday, May 30 just:
  • Answer the question above by leaving a comment below with your first name and city/town by midnight on Wednesday, May 27 (see sample below).
  • Check back here on Thursday, May 28 when I'll announce the winner
Good luck and thanks to the Swingset Mama's for the ticket giveaway!



meg said...

My daughter's only 2 but I try to set a good example by just being kind to everyone. Hopefully she'll see my interactions with people of all ages and abilities and races and genders and cultures and model my behavior. I'm no saint, but I try.
Meg, Stamford

Lyons Family said...

I agree with your approach, Meg -- I think teaching by example is the most effective way to do it. Most of the children's TV shows promote diversity and/or messages regarding acceptance of each other's differences, which is a great start, but at the end of the day our children will follow our cues above all others.

Of course, as I type this, I am aware that my 19 month-old is in the bathroom swishing a toothbrush around in the toilet bowl ... so I'm probably not the best person to be commenting on parenting skills! Ah well, we do the best we can :-)

Angela, Stamford said...

I think that it's important for my kids to see that people with differences are still similar to them. They want to be liked and accepted. I was at the doctor's office recently and there was a boy who must have had cerebral palsy, or a similar disease, and was in a wheelchair. My 5 year-old son was petrified! He told me that "he didn't like that boy." So I grabbed him by the hand and marched right up to the mother. I introduced myself and my son and asked her what her son's name was and how old he was. The boy was wearing a NY Giants t-shirt and I told her that my son liked the Giants, too. I was a little concerned that I might be invading her privacy, but the mother seemed thrilled that I approached her. Once my son felt comfortable around this family, he opened up. It's just a small example, but I want to show him (and my other kids) that - even though you have to be safe, of course - most people are fundamentally good, and fundamentally alike regardless of differences in race, ability, etc.

Deb said...

We hope to lead our kids by example.
- Deb D, Stamford