The United States of America is proudly compared to a melting pot because we are a nation that includes a vast variety of different cultures and nationalities. Here are seven benefits of exposing your children to another culture.
It will teach them new information about the world that is likely to benefit them later in life. Whether in school, their career, or various social situations, your children are very likely to encounter a variety of different backgrounds. Being well informed about the different types of people in the world will help them succeed in all of these aspects of life.
It will help them become more accepting human beings. Learning that there are many different types of lifestyles other than their own will make it easier for your children to interact with more people, as well as teach them that meeting someone new is an adventure rather than a cause for stress.
Being exposed to another culture means having access to its literature, art, and music.Your children will be able to explore all of these and the avenues they can take to expand their minds will grow exponentially, making them more well-rounded and interesting people.
Teaching acceptance as the primary way to interact with other people is important to do early. It shows children that bigotry and hatred is not the natural order of things. Rather, people should be kind and understanding toward one another.
If a child is unaware of the existence of different cultures and traditions, it may lead to embarrassing social situations where they ask you impolite questions about another person present. Keeping your child globally informed will help avoid these awkward situations for both of you.
With the exponential growth of technology, the world is becoming an increasingly interconnected place. According to the Huffington Post article, “10 Tips for Raising a Global Child” by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, “we must inspire our children…to become globally aware…so they can become the global workers that organizations demand”. In order to be professionally successful in the modern world, it is practically a requirement that one has a cultural awareness at an early age.
Finally, teaching children about other cultures will help them to understand who they are themselves. In “How to Teach Children About Cultural Awareness and Diversity” , Christy Tirrell-Corbin talks about the importance of “help(ing) your child understand who he is in the context of your race, ethnic group, culture, religion, language, and familial history”. Being further informed of their own identity will make your child a more confident person and well equipped to interact with their surroundings.
Fostering cultural awareness is beneficial to yourself and your children not only now, but later in your child’s life. It gives your children the tools they need to be full-functioning, successful adults.