There’s a great article by Simple Mom about kids living in other countries. I don’t know if we’ll ever live overseas, we’ve certainly talked about it, but I do strongly believe that kids should be exposed to other cultures from a young age and as often as possible. That may mean taking them on short trips to other countries of even just to the more ethnic areas in your city.

How do you currently (or hope to in the future) expose your kids to other cultures?

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  1. A few ideas:

    Take them to a different culture church that still preaches the same principles your church does, like a baptist church with predominately black people, or a more traditional church, a few times a year. Or join a Bible study or play group at a church like that.

    Plenty of festivals. Like the Fesitval of Color is an Indian festival this Saturday (the 27th) at the Hare Krishna temple in Spanish Fork. It isn’t a religious festival, just held at the temple there. There was a belly dancing festival a few weekends ago that catered to the middle eastern culture. A greek festival by the Gateway a few months ago. It’s nice to be able to go to the festival after checking books out of the library about the culture.

    And don’t forget smaller cultures….like volunteering at homeless shelters, or with disabled people, or at the special olympics. May not be a foreign culture, but the goal is to get your kids to accept people for who they are, not what, and things like that help get you there.

    Kids also pick up on very subtle clues about aversion to a race or a disability. If you’re not quite comfortable being around someone with Down’s Syndrome, your kids will pick up on that. So be prepared to tackle your own issues, too.

    Sorry, not only do I have a degree in anthropology, but my psych class had an entire week of discussion on this subject just two weeks ago. And hi. 🙂

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