Happy Pride Month from Owlet! As a company dedicated to helping every baby and every family, we wanted to provide a guide with ideas to celebrate Pride Month with your family. Here’s a quick roundup of 5 ways to celebrate!
Attend Local Events
A great way to celebrate Pride is checking for any local Pride parades or events in your area. Not only are these events fun to participate in, but they’re also a great way to show support for your community and LGBTQ+ neighbors. If you’re attending a parade, take time with your little ones before the festivities to make fun signs to hold up! Your family can exercise their creativity while making uplifting and fun messages to display in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
Foster Conversations About Pride
The best conversations start at home. Take the time to talk to your family about the history of Pride and the triumphs and pain experienced by the LGBTQ+ community. Whether it’s over the dinner table or during breaks between Netflix episodes, your home can be a safe, cozy place to have simple conversations about the roots of Pride. There are great resources online and on social media that are easy for kids to understand and absorb.
Learn About Pride Flags
Did you know that the design of the modern day Pride flag dates back to 1978, when Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man and an artist, was urged by Harvey Milk, a gay elected official, to design a symbol of pride for the gay community? Celebrate Pride Month by diving into the story with your children and teaching them a history lesson.
Part of your family Pride curriculum can easily include an overview of the different types of Pride flags. Once you’ve learned about the many different Pride flags, a great way for you and your kids to support Pride — no matter the month — is to invest in a Pride flag to display in your yard, a window, or in your living room. This will add some color to your home and let people know that your home is a welcoming and safe space.
Expand Your Home Library
Kids love picking a book (or five!) to read before bedtime. Expand their bedtime book selection by adding some great picture books written by and about diverse LGBTQ+ people. Bringing variety to your library can encourage honest conversations as your little ones’ curious minds take in each page. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in a little extra reading practice!
Looking for LGBTQ+ picture books for kids? Here are a few suggestions:
- Rainbow by Michael Genhart
- Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack
- This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
- Stonewall by Rob Sanders
- Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima
Rock a Rainbow Wardrobe
A fun and easy way to celebrate Pride is to wear rainbow apparel. Representative of the traditional Pride Flag, rainbow clothing is a frequent sight during Pride Month especially. We can guarantee your kids will love dressing head to toe in colorful, rainbow clothing!
Celebrate Pride Month with Owlet
Get the Forever Rainbow fabric sock from the Owlet Sock Shop to accessorize your little one’s Dream Sock! In honor of Pride Month, Owlet will donate a portion of all Forever Rainbow fabric sock sales to Family Equality.
Family Equality has been working since 1979 to advance lived and legal equality for LGBTQ+ families across the country, driven by the belief that everyone deserves the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, live in communities that respect them, and access services free from discrimination. They work to educate community members, neighbors, and allies through important research, training, and a robust resource library.
You can make Pride Month a fun and enriching time for your family by celebrating together! No matter the month, remember that every family is unique, beautiful and deserving of respect and love.