Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does the prep work look like?
A: The Prep Work was designed for you to spend 10-30 minutes learning, reflecting, thinking and examining yourself based on the conversation topic. If you have more time, I recommend digging deeper. This helps you prepare to lead the conversation and keep it on topic.
Q: How do guided questions work?
A: Choose any of the Guided Questions to ignite the conversation and dive right into the topic. You can use all of them or only a couple. It’s up to you and the depth of the conversation.
Parent/Teen Challenge: Based on the level of maturity, age, education, and/or experience you and your teen have, you can stick with the simple questions or use the more advanced questions.
Q: When should I have each conversation?
A: You can choose the days and times you want to have each conversation according to your schedule and your partner’s availability. The goal is to attempt all 7 conversations, over the next couple of months, but if you don’t finish, don’t give up.
Parent/Teen Challenge: Teens need to be in a receptive mood to engage. I don’t recommend trying to force a conversation. You will receive more guidance on this during the challenge.
Q: Parent/Teen Challenge: what’s the ideal age range for these conversations?
A: Middle school and high school age children. It depends on a number of things, of course, like the experience your family has with diversity and their maturity level. If your children are younger but you want to join, I encourage it. You can always try these conversations with friends and other family members too. If your children are grown, please join. It is never too late to start talking about race with your children or anyone for that matter.