How To Build Little World Citizen's In Our Children In Today's Culturally Diverse World
I Hope everyone is doing great today!!
Today I wanted to talk about ways we could build our children to become little world citizens in today's diverse world! Teaching them about loving themselves, and others is the very first step.
As a Mother I believe that Children learn, and get their best education from home. We as parents are their first teacher. As I have mentioned in other posts we model the behavior, and sometimes attitudes toward life to them everyday.
We live in a huge beautiful world that children would love to partake, and learn from. Sometimes we have to bring the world home to them!
Create a home environment that encompasses the world. Teach everything about your family history, and history of other families with diverse backgrounds. Today, we have so many amazing resources to begin this process. We could plan activities, fieldtrips, or use the internet to research other cultures, and belief systems. A great starting point for families to raise world citizens is at http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/
Provide activities that represent the world. For example baby dolls of different cultural background, a Map of the world, or a Globe that speaks about different parts of the world.
FUN FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Add fun recipes that is Easy Peezie for the family to make to get a taste of the unique foods the world has to offer. Here is a quick delicious appetizer called Manchego & Membrillo Stacks that combines Spanish ingredients, and flavors in every delicious bite!!
Play music from around the world have the children dress up in clothing representing the culture, or country. Learn special dance steps such as Salsa for beginners if your exploring the Hispanic countries. If you missed some easy to learn Salsa steps click on my older post right here http://fb8.806.myftpupload.com/lets-salsa-dance-together/
Actively seek out to set up play-dates with families from other countries/culturally diverse background. This is real-life experience for all involved to learn about embracing each others differences and learn how much we truly are alike. Never too late to form friendships between families.
Here are a few fun playdate ideas you could take your children on to get to know one another! http://fb8.806.myftpupload.com/10-funtastic-playdates-ideas/
Traveling to other parts of the world will help your children see how big the world is and help them understand how we are all connected.
Lastly, if you have older children Teens....consider an exchange student program. They could live in another country for a little bit, or you could invite a student in your home.
Although I am Bi-racial (African American/Hispanic-Puerto Rican) and had the pleasure of growing up with the world in our home....I entered an exchanged program that changed my life forever!!
When I was 16 years old I lived in Tokyo, Japan for 4 months with a family that spoke only Japanese. No internet in those days we figured out how to communicate with one another in the most human sensitive way possible. Not very easy with the language barrier yet; I can tell you I never missed a meal, and was very well taken care of lol. Words cannot express how much I love this family and Japan!! I am so grateful for the exchange program!!
ARIGATO GOZAIMASU NIPPON!!
(16 years old at Tokyo Disneyland with Otosa-father and my Japanese brother Nobu)
(Back to visit 24 years old my Japanese sister in blue Tomomi)