The following post is by contributor Catherine Way of Adventures With Kids.
What is your child’s favourite food? One of my son’s favourite things to eat is Vegemite toast. What sports do your children like to play or watch on TV? My sons love to play footy in the backyard and watch the AFL (Australian Football League). That’s right, we’re Australian. I bet that, wherever you are in the world, what your children like is different to what my children like. That’s because everyone is different and everywhere is different.
Children are born belonging to a particular culture, but around the world there are many ways of living and being. Technology has connected the world and we can speak to and see people in far away places within seconds. As they grow, today’s children will encounter and need to connect, communicate and work together with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Encouraging your child to approach people’s differences with a mindset of learning from one another, rather than fearing or judging one another, will help them to understand that despite the differences these are people just like them.
Gaining knowledge of different cultural practices also helps children develop their sense of identity and understand their place in their family, local community, town, country and the world community.
Here are some ways to explore different cultures, traditions, languages and families with your child: [Read more...]