HOW TO BUILD LITTLE WORLD CITIZENS IN OUR CHILDREN IN TODAY’S CULTURALLY DIVERSE WORLD

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I Hope everyone is doing great today!!

Today I wanted to talk about ways we could build our children to become little world citizens in today’s diverse world!  Teaching them about loving themselves, and others is the very first step.

As a Mother I believe that Children learn, and get their best education from home.  We as parents are their first teacher.  As I have mentioned in other posts we model the behavior, and sometimes attitudes toward life to them everyday. 

We live in a huge beautiful world that children would love to partake, and learn from.  Sometimes we have to bring the world home to them! 

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HOME ENVIRONMENT

Create a home environment that encompasses the world.  Teach everything about your family history, and history of other families with diverse backgrounds.  Today, we have so many amazing resources to begin this process.  We could plan activities, fieldtrips, or use the internet to research other cultures, and belief systems. A great starting point for families to raise world citizens is at http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/

ACTIVITIES

Provide activities that represent the world.  For example baby dolls of different cultural background, a Map of the world, or a Globe that speaks about different parts of the world.

FUN FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Add fun recipes that is Easy Peezie for the family to make to get a taste of the unique foods the world has to offer. Here is a quick delicious appetizer called Manchego & Membrillo Stacks that combines Spanish ingredients, and flavors in every delicious bite!!

http://partaste.com/worldrecipes/manchego-stacks-membrillo-gourmet-cantabrian-anchovies/

MUSIC

Play music from around the world have the children dress up in  clothing representing the culture, or country.  Learn special dance steps such as Salsa for beginners if your exploring the Hispanic countries.  If you missed some easy to learn Salsa steps click on my older post right here http://enannylink.com/lets-salsa-dance-together/

PLAYDATES

Actively seek out to set up play-dates with families from other countries/culturally diverse background.  This is real-life experience for all involved to learn about embracing each others differences and learn how much we truly are alike.  Never too late to form friendships between families.

Here are a few fun playdate ideas you could take your children on to get to know one another! http://enannylink.com/10-funtastic-playdates-ideas/

 

  TRAVEL

Traveling to other parts of the world will help your children see how big the world is and help them understand how we are all connected.

Lastly, if you have older children Teens….consider an exchange student program.  They could live in another country for a little bit, or you could invite a student in your home. 

Although I am Bi-racial (African American/Hispanic-Puerto Rican) and had the pleasure of growing up with the world in our home….I entered an exchanged program that changed my life forever!!

When I was 16 years old I lived in Tokyo, Japan for 4 months with a family that spoke only Japanese.  No internet in those days we figured out how to communicate with one another in the most human sensitive way possible.  Not very easy with the language barrier yet; I can tell you I never missed a meal, and was very well taken care of lol. Words cannot express  how much I love this family and Japan!!   I am so grateful for the exchange program!!

ARIGATO GOZAIMASU NIPPON!! 

(16 years old at Tokyo Disneyland with Otosa-father and my Japanese brother Nobu)

 

(Back to visit 24 years old my Japanese sister in blue Tomomi)

This is just another way to help continue building A global mindset in our children as they enter the world on their own in the future!

Thank you for Reading!  Small steps but major beautiful outcomes when opening a whole new world to our children. Creating a sensitive, and culturally aware environment will lead to stronger leadership for all of mankind!

  Have you tried any of these tips in your home? Have your children been exposed to other languages, or foods? If so how were they introduced to it? What other ways have your family tried to incorporate worldly views in your children?

 

¡Gracias! Shauna

 

 

 

10 FUNTASTIC PLAYDATES IDEAS!!!

 

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I hope your niños have the best time on their playdates !!!!!!

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(UNO) An exciting day at the Children’s Museum

(DOS) Playground fun

(TRES) Bubbles/Chalk Art in the yard, or carry to the park

(CUATRO) Picnic Together

(CINCO) Visit the Zoo

(SEIS) Storytime at your local library

(SIETE) Visit the nearest arts & craft Store

(OCHO) Hangout at the local bookstore

(NUEVE) Put on a puppet show

(DIEZ) Build a fort

BONUS: Meet up at a coffee shop…..carry paper, crayons, books for the little ones.  Sometimes we may need to sip into paradise before the playdate begins.

JACKPOT BONUS!! When you desire a more relaxed playdate at home,  I could read a story to your children! Just click on my YouTube Channel and select the story of your choice!

http://www.youtube.com/c/StoryTimeWithMrsShauna

What’s your families favorite playdate? 

¡Muchas Gracias! Shauna

 

 

 

 

5 TIPS ON HOW TO INSTILL KINDNESS IN YOUR CHILDREN

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As we all know there is a lot  going on in the world today that’s not the greatest message we want our children to hear or see.  Sometimes it’s difficult finding the words to express to our children exactly what is happening.  As a Mom, and an Early Childhood Professional I’m a firm believer in keeping everything simple when explaining to children tough topics.  I strive to model the best behavior for all children.

5 TIPS ON HOW TO INSTILL KINDNESS IN YOUR CHILDREN:
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1.  Model kindness at home and outside the home.  Showing children what kindness looks like is key, and it will let them know that it’s ok to do.  Reinforce examples of kindness throughout the day so your child understands when someone was kind to them, and how it made them feel.

2. Teach your children that kindness extends past their homes.  Talk about the huge world we live in and how beautiful that connection is.  Talk about the difference between everyone, and that we all belong to the human race.

3.  Try not to overexpose children to adult conversation, or view it.  This will help minimize the views of the world you wish your child not to engage in. This will help you keep them focus on the best parts of life, and how to partake in it.  There will be plenty of times for further discussions on many subjects as they grow into them.

4. Teach respect for each others space.  For example: Hands on your own body, Gentle hands when touching others,  listening to friends words, or taking turns. My favorite teachable moment with children is sharing is caring.  These are great skills to master while they are young, and will naturally flow into a kind-hearted child.

5. Set up a recycle activity that helps the earth, or plant a garden.  These activities will demonstrate how children should love, respect, and treat the earth.  Leading them to understand how the earth will treat them in return.

Here is a video that I just posted on my Storytime YouTube Channel that focuses on becoming Kindness Super Heroes.  I share rock stories that I created that gives children examples of several scenes they may run across in their lives.  These scenarios are opportunities for them to think about what acts of kindness they could choose to do.  Thank you for reading and viewing.  I hope everyone is having a  Grand day  filled with kindness. 

¡Gracias! Shauna

  

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