10 Tips for Raising a Global Child

March 23, 2019

Quote of the Week

"Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together." --Jacqueline Woodson

10 Tips For Raising A Global Child

"As parents, we all want what's best for our children. But how to give them "what'sbest" is not always clear. In today's interconnected global world, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to prepare them to thrive in the new world marketplace. But what does that entail? Well, we must inspire our children to be curious about the world and to become globally aware. We must teach our children to appreciate, communicate and interact with people across different cultures and in other countries -- and that includes learning a second language as early as possible and studying abroad if feasible. As our children become adults, going off to college or into the workforce, we must help them apply these skills so they can become the global workers that organizations demand whether they're in business, manufacturing, engineering, government or education.

But how do we do it?" [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: Whoever You Are
By: Mem Fox
Ages: 4-7

"Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike. Whoever You Are urges us to accept our differences, to recognize our similarities, and-most importantly-to rejoice in both." --Publisher

Title: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
By: Grace Lin
Ages: 8-12

"Inspired by folktales of China, this is the story of a young Chinese girl named Minli. She lives in a poor village underneath a stark mountain and every day her mother expresses her discontent. So Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him how to change their fortune. What follows is the story of her journey. Along the way she meets many different characters and hears many different stories. The book reads like a fable, which is fitting because it contains so many stories. The ending is just perfect. This will be a delight to any child who enjoys fairy tales and folk tales." -- Goodreads reviewer


Be the Change

You can pick any culture and have children gather books and research. You can then talk with them about this new culture, how similar or different it is than yours and other interesting facts. For young kids you can ask your child to invite friends from different cultures and have them share games from their culture.