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Kindness is free, and here are a few ways you can teach your kids to embody that and accept each others' differences.
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As our world
becomes increasingly connected, raising children who are culturally aware and
tolerant is more important than ever. But international travel to help your
children become more worldly isn't cheap or feasible for most families, so most
people need to accomplish the majority of this learning close to home.
Fortunately enough, this isn't very hard to do.
culture has holidays; finding where you can be a part of these celebrations
provides a glimpse into the experiences of other people in a fun and engaging
way. Children of all ages will love the medley of sights, sounds, smells,
dancing, games, music, and more that a festival typically entails, and as they
grow older, they can be entrusted to participate in more tame observances. If
you're not sure where to find these types of things, look online.
need to be a part of a heritage to make it accessible at home. Invite your
child to help you cook a meal from a
different country and turn it into a mini history lesson. When choosing
books or music for your children, make sure you pick out a wide range from all
over the world. This will more than likely lead your child to ask you
questions—don't let not knowing the answers stop you. Turn this into a
teachable moment in more ways than one and conduct research with your child until
their question is satisfied.
can be a great opportunity for extending the hand of friendship to those of
other cultures. Talk to you child about inviting everyone to join in
activities, and communicate the importance of fighting against bullying.
Building on these lessons early could make a huge difference in the lives of
other children who are at risk of being ostracized. These lessons could even
shape your child later in life, such as by inspiring them to participate in
student exchange programs or earn a master’s in
need a manual to teach your children tolerance. Your everyday actions should
reflect the respect you're trying to foster in your children: this means
avoiding stereotyping or telling insensitive jokes as is commonsense, but also
watching how you interact with individual people to be sure you don't exhibit
any subtle differences in talking to people from different backgrounds. This
also entails avoiding this in media, or, if it comes up, explaining to children
why that isn't acceptable behavior.
It can be
enticing to answer a child's pestering questions with "Because," or
"That's just the way it is," but this limits their exploration of the
world and discourages inquisitiveness. Try to instill a desire to ask questions
in your child so that when they find themselves encountering something novel,
they won't make assumptions: they'll seek out answers. This will open a number
of doors for them throughout their life as they find themselves connecting with
people over a desire to learn about their heritage.
interconnected world, people who keep their minds open to diversity will be an
ever sought after commodity. Give your children a leg up by raising them to
love and accept people as they are: after all, we're all human.
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