GLOBALLY-
MINDED
CHILDREN
AT HOME
WAYS TO RAISE9
As infants, our world is our house.
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As children, our world grows to include
our neighborhood and our school.
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But as adults, what are the
limits of our world?
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For many of us, stories and events from far off places
don’t seem to have much to do with us, as if they are
taking place ...
But as our world becomes
increasingly connected
economically, environmentally,
technologically, and politically,
faraway e...
We need to become more than a
member of our community or a resident
of our country. There is an increasing
need for global...
But here’s the thing:
global citizenship
starts at home.
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Fostering global-mindedness in our children
will allow them to collaborate, compete, and
contribute to our collective futu...
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But how do we instill this mystical force
in our children from the confines our
homes and communitie...
#1
Teach them about their own heritage.
A curiosity about other cultures is best
rooted in a strong knowledge of one’s
own cultural background.
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Using pictures, stories, and souvenirs,
introduce your children to the country
and the culture that you (or their
grandpar...
Pass down family traditions,
such as recipes and holiday rituals.
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Expose your children to another culture and
share its significance through your own
family’s experiences. This is the firs...
#2
Read books from around the world.
Introduce your children to other
cultures by choosing books that
feature diverse and
unfamiliar settings
and characters.
I...
Travel the continents from the
comfort of your own couch with
stories from around the world.
Discover what it
means to grow up in
a small Kenyan
village, where you
wake to roosters, not
alarm clocks.
Explore the Andes
from Cusco to Lake
Titicaca, meeting
numerous Peruvian
children along
the way.
Multi-cultural books are available in
abundance. Look on Amazon, or check
out this recommended reading list!
Select a new country or continent and
supplement the reading with contextual
materials, including maps, flags, and postcar...
#3
Eat foreign foods.
Engage your children’s senses with
a weekly foreign food night.
Dine out at local restaurants that
serve diverse cuisine.
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Or, stay in and cook your own multi-
cultural meal! Make it fun by eating
it traditionally, whether that be
with chopstick...
Got picky eaters? Get creative! On your Japanese
food night, let your kids make candy sushi with
gummy candies rather than...
Prepare some fun facts about
the country of origin to share and
discuss during the meal to leave
a lasting impression.
#4
Have a foreign film night.
Get the popcorn
ready, but instead of
turning on Frozen for
the umpteenth time,
seek out child-
friendly films with
global...
Try Ponyo, an all-
ages, Japanese
take on The Little
Mermaid. It’s got
all of the magic
and wonder, but
without all of the...
Follow the
journey of a
young boy in
India whose
parents send him
off to boarding
school in Like
Stars on Earth.
The internet is a treasure trove of
recommendations for foreign films,
many of which, not surprisingly, have
English-dubbe...
#5
Foster multi-cultural friendships.
One of the best ways for your child to
understand the value of ethnic and
cultural diversity is to make friends
with child...
This is likely to happen naturally depending on
where you live, but it’s worth monitoring.
Seek out other activities like
community-sponsored
cultural events and clubs
where your kids can meet
children with a simi...
Encourage your children to be out-
going, curious, and inclusive when it
comes to make new friends.
#6
Find an international pen pal.
If your community is fairly
homogenous, or you want to
give your children an
additional connection to
another world, seek ...
Services like International Pen Friends will match children as
young as 8 with their peers from around the world to
exchan...
This exchange will give your children a chance to
share their own culture and learn first-hand about
daily life in differe...
#7
Celebrate foreign holidays.
Teach your children about new cultures,
religions, and customs by celebrating
major holidays from around the world!
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Decorate for
Chinese New
Year, watch
videos of the
parades and
celebrations from
around China, an...
Pretend you’re in India during Diwali
by making your own Rangoli designs. Instead of
using the traditional colored rice or...
Give your usual holidays a global
twist. Hang ornaments from
around the world on your
Christmas tree, and incorporate
trad...
Your children will be having so much fun
celebrating holidays from around the world
they won’t even realize they’re learni...
#8
Host an exchange student.
This is a big commitment, but there’s no better way to
give your children an opportunity to learn about and
connect with a...
Hosting an exchange student gives your kids
a chance to practice interacting with and
understanding someone from another
c...
This experience will help your children develop confidence
when it comes to socializing and working with diverse friends
a...
Global understanding is strongest when its
personal. Hosting an exchange student will give
your children a lifelong link t...
#9
Teach them a new language.
“The more languages they can speak,
the more windows to the world we
are giving to our children.”
-Stephanie Meade, InCult...
Learning a new language will open a
number of doors to your children,
including countless cognitive and
career benefits. N...
Learning a language is a lifelong process, so starting
as early as possible is ideal. Don’t wait until high
school to expo...
Make sure your
children engage
with the language
daily, even if it’s
through small
efforts like labeling
objects around
yo...
If you and your spouse don’t speak a second language to
pass on to your kids, seek out resources at your local
library, fi...
Raising your children to be globally-minded is realistic for any
family, in any city, on any budget. No matter which steps...
Read to invest in your children’s foreign language
education? Get them started with KidSpeak™!
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Introduce your children to other
cultures by choosing books that
feature diverse and
unfamiliar settings
and characters.
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