The world has definitely become smaller the more connected we are. It’s much easier for anyone these days to be globally minded and connect with someone in the other side of the world and to learn about different cultures without leaving your home. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that individual societies are also more open and diverse racially, culturally and ethnically. Some days when you turn on the news it actually feels like whole groups are becoming much more closed minded out of fear of losing their cultural identity over others.
But our children are the future. Our children can individually be a friend to the whole human race. They are born into the era where technology has reduced both space and time, allowing us to very easily reach out of our own bubble and know that there’s more.
It’s our task to ensure that we provide an opportunity and an environment for our kids to become globally minded citizens of the world. Compassion, empathy, an open heart and an acute emotional intelligence accompany children with global minds that are at ease in different cultures, languages and races.
I’m doing my bit with my daughter by making sure she’s bilingual from birth (and hopefully multilingual soon!) and is well connected to the two countries where her parents are from: Mexico and El Salvador. I also obsessed over making sure she got enrolled into a language magnet school where she’s in the Spanish program, but is exposed to the other three languages being taught in dual immersion models in her school: French, German and Italian. This constant exposure to so many languages in her own school yard and hallways has already made her aware that there’s a huge world out there with different ways of thinking, living and speaking.
But I know there’s more we can all do, so I reached out to 20 of the most well-known parenting bloggers and authors on the topic of raising multicultural, multilingual and compassionate children and asked them to share their #1 tip on raising a globally minded child.
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