Learning about and respecting other cultures will benefit your child throughout their lifetime. Teaching your child about the many cultures of the world is a great way for them to understand and celebrate diversity. It will also give them a better insight into the traditions and customs their friends may follow.
Learn about your family background
Many families represent a mixture of different ethnicities and backgrounds. Learning about your own family’s heritage can be a really interesting activity to share with your children. Teach your child about their own culture, identity, and traditions, and explore ways in which your family is different from others. Look at how and why you might do things differently and teach your child to respect other’s beliefs, even if they are different from their own.
Learn about holidays and traditions
A great way to teach your child about other cultures is to learn about the many holidays and traditions celebrated around the world; for example, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Hanukkah.
Add these events to a calendar and use each one as an opportunity to teach your child about the celebrations that are taking place across the globe. Discuss the people, the religion, the music, the food and any other interesting facts about each special occasion.
Learn about food
Let your child explore different cultures through their taste buds! Why not spend some time cooking together to introduce your child to different foods from around the world. In addition, your child will learn about various ingredients, utensils and dining etiquettes shared by other cultures. This is another activity you could add to your calendar; trying a new recipe with each cultural celebration.
Let them learn from you
Finally, try to be a good role model and demonstrate cultural empathy and sensitivity. Lead by example and always embrace diversity. If you are not open-minded about other people, you can’t expect your child to be. When your child asks questions, use them as an opportunity to help your child understand and respect cultural and ethnic differences.