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Cultural awareness is an essential skill for kids. Get tips on how to raise your child to be well versed in the cultures, adversities and experiences of others.
Why does Dylan eat rice and seaweed for lunch every day? How come Lucie always wears a scarf on her head? Why does my hair look different than Della’s?
Kids are innately curious and are masters when it comes to asking questions, but how do we, as parents, go about answering them? How can we help our children develop cultural awareness?
Cultural awareness is being knowledgeable and accepting of others’ cultures and identities. It requires the ability to venture beyond one’s local community to discover other cultures around the world and appreciate the ways they are similar and different from their own. Cultural awareness can be attained through life experiences, helping to grow our understanding and appreciation of the world as a whole.
Children around the world live very different lives. Despite that, there are many experiences most children share, things like: getting an education, having a family, celebrating holidays, playing with toys….. Even though these are shared experiences, they are still experienced differently by each child. Understanding these shared experiences and values, as well as core differences, helps children appreciate their own situations and those of others in other parts of the world. This helps them gain a respect for other cultures and be better equipped to have their voice heard and take an active role in shaping the world they live in.
It’s important that we teach children about the world from a young age because it’s continuously changing. Advances in technology, social media, communication, and travel, are shifting the way society functions. As children grow older, they’ll see that cultural awareness is essential in the 21st-century workforce. Being aware of the adversities faced by people all over the world, having the ability to see things from multiple perspectives, and being able to connect with people from various backgrounds are all very valuable qualities employers look for in every field of work.
Here are 3 ways to help your child become more culturally aware: