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The world around us is very diverse. No two people are the same and it’s important for our children to learn and respect this from a young age. It is likely that they will have classmates in school who have different cultural backgrounds, so they need to learn how to celebrate diversity. Disrespectful behaviour towards people who are different often stems from ignorance, so the best thing you can do is help your child learn about different cultures. Here are some tips from a pre-prep school in Oxfordshire.
One great way to teach your kids about other cultures is to explore various holidays and celebrations from around the world. You could celebrate Chinese New Year, Easter, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Diwali, The Day of the Dead, Christmas and some many other religious and cultural events. Invest in a calendar and make a note of each of these important dates. For each special event you can use it as an opportunity to teach your child about the traditional foods they eat and what they actually do on the day to celebrate, like what they wear and what music they listen to. Not only is this great fun, it’s also very educational.
Food is actually a great way to expand your child’s cultural awareness, not just on religious holidays. You should make time to cook a meal with your child once in a while, using ingredients from a different country. Learn how the meal might be served and what utensils are used to eat it. There are less messy options, of course, such as reading. Books are great because they can transfer you to any part of the world and allow you to experience the unknown. Take your child to the library and let them pick out some books that you can read together.
You should always be a positive role model when teaching your child life lessons, otherwise they will never take you seriously. With that said, make sure you are always respectful to people with different cultural backgrounds. Refrain from making stereotypical or racist remarks, even if you think you are just joking around, because your child might think that this is acceptable behaviour. If they ask any questions, use it as an opportunity to teach them new things about ethnic differences, rather than shrugging them.Follow me on social media for more!
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