It is vital for children to value diversity and learn about the many different beliefs, cultures, and religions around the world. Teaching your child to respect other cultures is a great way for them to gain a better insight into some of the traditions and customs their classmates may practice. Here are some great tips from a Preparatory School for Girls in London, on how to teach your child to respect other cultures…
Learning about your own family’s background or religious heritage is a great place to start. Teach your child about their own identity, and traditions, and explore ways in which your family’s culture might be different from others. Look at how and why you might do things differently on certain holidays and teach your child to respect other’s beliefs, even if they are different from their own.
A fun way to teach your child about other cultures is to make a calendar of holidays and traditions celebrated around the world. For example, Diwali, Hanukkah and the Chinese New Year. Add these events to your family calendar and use each one as an opportunity to teach your child about the celebrations that are taking place. Discuss the people, the religion, the music, the food and any other interesting facts about each special occasion.
Reading books and watching documentaries is an ideal way for your child to research different cultures and traditions. The internet is also an amazing way for your child to explore new places and experience new lifestyles. Spend time with your child exploring online or reading books together to help them develop an interest in other cultures around the globe.
It is important for parents to role model respect for other cultures and embrace diversity. If you are not open-minded about other people’s beliefs and traditions, you can’t expect your child to be. When your child asks questions, use them as an opportunity to teach respect for all cultural and ethnic differences.