I truly believe that there is so much children can learn from travelling and experiencing other cultures. Their eyes will be opened up to so many new experiences and this helps them to grow and develop.
In New Zealand, we live in such a multi-cultural society so it’s important that we teach our children to respect and understand other cultures. Remember, children don’t know any different so their judgement and prejudice comes from what they over hear – most often at home. We can teach our children that not only are they citizens of their country of birth but they are citizens of the world.
Let’s teach our children that different is good. And that there is no one set of normal. I think it’s exciting to have a diverse range of friends and we should encourage our children to be kind of everyone.
Now obviously travel is the best way to experience other cultures but not everyone can just head overseas multiple time a year! So here’s three easy ways that you can introduce other cultures in your home, even for very young children…
- Head down to your local library and get out books that feature different cultures or animals from around the world. Encourage them to ask questions.
- Explore other cultures through food, music, events, arts. Try foods from around the world, go to cultural events and create fun Spotify playlists with world music.
- Host an exchange student or encourage your children to keep in touch once they have left.
As our children grow up more and more of the world will be accessible to them and there is a high chance they will be a part of a global work force. Introducing them to new cultures and helping them to be kind, compassionate and understanding from a young age will set them up with skills they’ll require all throughout their life.
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