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How Parents Navigate Giving Their Children 'The Talk'

(L-R) Evelyn Rice-Peebles, Erika Sandiford and Faizan Syed joined Tuesday's talk show to discuss various ways parents navigate having difficult conversations with their children.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Historical Society is hosting a panel discussion next week on “the talk” – that difficult conversation parents have with their children. But what the talk is varies widely across race, gender and cultural lines. 

It goes beyond just talking to them about adolescent changes: Many black parents talk to their kids about how to navigate a racist society, daughters are often advised on what to wear, places to avoid while alone and more. 

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio executive editor Shula Neuman explored how parents approach these conversations. She talked with Evelyn Rice-Peebles, commissioner of recreation for the City of St. Louis, and Erika Sandiford, who is on the board of directors of Cultural Leadership, a youth education and leadership nonprofit organization.

They are both involved in the Women's Group on Race Relations, the organization sponsoring the event at the Missouri History Museum, titled The Talk: What All Our Children Need to Hear.

Also joining the discussion was event panelist Faizan Syed, who is the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in St. Louis.

Listen to the full discussion: 

Related Event

What: The Talk: What All Our Children Need to Hear
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Where: Missouri History Museum’s Lee Auditorium (5700 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63112)

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