Jan 072013
 

The ABCs of Raising a World CitizenWelcome to day one of this special series, as 60+ bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network focus on exploring child-related topics from A-Z!

My chosen topic is the ABC’s of Raising A World Citizen, all about raising a child at home in the world, from language learning, books, and geography games, to talking about race and appreciating diversity!

For a list of all of the posts in the ABC’s of Raising a World Citizen, you can visit our main page.  For a full list of the blogs in this series, go to the ABC’s of… Main Page.

What Is A Global Citizen? Alldonemonkey guest post on Bilingual Babes

“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” – Bahá’u’lláh

Raising a world citizen is something near and dear to my heart, as I described in this post on what a world citizen means to me.  Many of the blog’s features – such as the Worldwide Culture Swapper and World Citizen Wednesdays – center around the desire to raise children who consider the whole world as their home.  It is also a driving force behind our involvement in groups like Multicultural Kid Blogs and Baha’i Mom Blogs.

Below are some tips we have found helpful in our journey.  We would love to read yours as well, so please share them in the comments!

A is for…Attitude

TeachKidsAboutDiversity - Kindergarten Basics

Kindergarten Basics

When it comes to raising a world citizen, a key ingredient is your own attitude.  As discussed in this thoughtful essay by Meera Sriram on InCulture Parent, the first step towards teaching our kids to be globally minded is “treating it as a virtue.”  When we show our own willingness to try new foods and make friends from other cultures, our children are more likely to follow.

In her list of multicultural activities for kids, Susan of Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers notes, “Young children learn from their parent’s attitudes and behaviors. They are great imitators of what you say and do.”

B is for…Books

Books are a great way to introduce your child to the world.  They can help teach another language or show traditions from other lands, all in a way that is fun for everyone.

Not sure where to begin? Your child can travel the world with the 2KuriousKids, or enjoy a book from one of these amazing book lists.  Both include sections for each continent:

62 Kids' Books From Around the World - Playdough to Plato

Playdough to Plato shares 62 Kids’ Books from Around the World.

Read Around the World - Delightful Children's Books

Delightful Children’s Books provides a book list to Read Around the World.

C is for…Celebrations

A really fun way to teach your child about other cultures is through holidays and celebrations. The best way, of course, is to celebrate with friends, so if you have the opportunity, follow the example of Mud Hut Mama and don’t be shy about participating in festivities from other cultures.

Doodh_Peda_Indian_Sweets - Kid World Citizen

Kid World Citizen

But what if you don’t have such opportunities?  A great place to look is your local library, which often have activities related to cultural celebrations, as Hartlyn Kids found for Día de los Muertos and Kid World Citizen for Diwali.

And when the holiday season rolls around, don’t forget that there are many other holidays that you can explore, such as those highlighted by the Good Long Road or featured by the Multicultural Kid Blogs in our recent fall traditions and winter traditions blogging carnivals.  And of course there are also cultural heritage celebrations, such as Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Not sure which holidays there are to celebrate?  Check out this incredibly comprehensive calendar of celebrations from around the world from Kid World Citizen.

But you don’t even have to celebrate an exotic holiday to teach your children about other cultures.  Hartlyn Kids has great tips for incorporating other cultures into your own holiday celebrations, and every year Living Life Intentionally sponsors a Christmas Around the World series, in which bloggers explain how Christmas is celebrated in other countries.

D is for…Diversity

Multicultural Products - Bilingual Babes

Bilingual Babes

Learning about the world means learning to appreciate diversity and think beyond your own cultural surroundings.

Sprout’s Bookshelf has a wonderful post (“How White Is Your World?”) about the importance of teaching our kids about diversity and the need to take a good long look at how diverse (or not) our own lives and communities are.

So where do you begin if you want to diversify your child’s world?  Bilingual Babes has assembled an amazing collection of multicultural products you can use, and Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes shares a great book list for teaching kids to appreciate diversity of all sorts.

And what if you have the opposite situation, in which your children are different from most of the other kids in your neighborhood or school?  Here are some smart tips from Bilingual Babes, about helping kids deal with being different.

E is for…Empathy

Teaching Empathy - Moms Gone Global

Moms Gone Global

It is one thing to teach your kids to appreciate those who are different, but even better is to go one step deeper and help children learn to empathize with others, which ultimately helps them feel a kinship with those who may seem different.

Moms Gone Global gives a passionate argument for the need to include empathy in children’s education.  What can you do? Here are some great tips from Kid World Citizen about teaching kids about empathy, and Pragmatic Mom has compiled a list of top books that teach kids compassion.

Thank you to all of the bloggers who let us share their posts and pictures here.

 

ABC’s of…Mom Tips and Tricks

Check out these other great ABC’s series from the bloggers of the Kid Blogger Network:

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For a full list of the ABC’s topics from the Kid Blogger Network, including School Activities, Learning Through Play, Literacy, and Arts and Crafts, go to the main ABC’s Series page or click on the image to the left.

  12 Responses to “The ABC’s of … Raising A World Citizen: A – E”

  1. Really like the World Citizen focus, Your A – E was well said.
    Thanks for this.

  2. Great post Leanna! I think your A to E really sums it up nicely and you have a fantastic compilation of resources. I will definitely have to check out your recommended book lists. How are your Baby Monkey and Big Boy Monkey doing and how are YOU doing? I hope your little family is going well and that you are all healthy and happy. Hugs xx

    • Thanks, Renee! We are doing well. Luckily everyone seems just about over their colds, which makes things much easier! And my mother is still here with us, which really helps.

      Also, our regular playgroup for Big Boy Monkey started up yesterday. I think I was as excited as he was to get out of the house and see our friends! Good for him to return to a normal routine, too.

      Hope you had a great new year! I know you have been making a lot of changes to your site, very exciting!

  3. Awesome article! Your A-E are spot on and I couldn’t agree more. Thanks so much for including one of our posts as well!

    • Thank you, Stephanie, and especially thank you for letting me share the great resource from your site!

  4. I love this! A-E are perfect and I can’t wait to see the rest of the alphabet:).

    • Thank you, Becky! And thanks so much for letting me use your resources – so glad to share them with everyone!

  5. Loved this Leanna – I’m now off to check out some of these links and catch up on your other posts.

  6. This is a great series idea and a very useful resource! Thank you for putting it together!

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