Teaching Children About Cultural Differences
We’re all different; we’re all the same. Teaching children to appreciate other cultures.
What You Need to Know
Folks of other cultures and races are all around your child. Help her be aware of and appreciate the differences in these ways.
- Talk about peoples’ differences positively.
- Stress the similarities between people rather than the differences.
- If your child overhears an unkind or insensitive remark about others, let him know that you don’t approve of this.
- Talk with your child if he says something insensitive. Let him know that this behavior is unacceptable.
How You Can Help
- Give your child plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with children of different ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. When he gets to know them as friends—who have similar likes, interests, and goals as his own—he’ll focus less on the differences.
- Attend cultural fairs and events in your community. These fun, often free, events feature food, music, and traditions of others. He’ll enjoy tasting a gyro, watching a kabuki drama, and seeing what people of other traditions wear and do.
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