From Lesson to Lifestyle: Raising our Kids in a Multicultural World

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  1. Little Passports! E isn't old enough yet, but I can't wait to do it. And postcrossing! You send postcards to people around the world, and then you get postcards from around the world too! We just started, but we've received postcards from Russia, Finland, Germany, and Dallas (ha). We've sent to Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, China, etc. We are also going to make 'passports' and try different cuisines from around the world. You learn about the country/culture and eat the dish and get a stamp in your passport…and I think it's also SUPER cool to learn more about your heritage and celebrate it. We're gung ho about Swedish holidays- and it's so wonderful to get to share the story behind Waffle Day and celebrate St. Lucia day, etc. And the It's a Small World books too 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Tiffany says:

      Hey Jenny, thanks for the comments. I love the idea of postcards! How did you get hooked up with that? Friends that you know or through an organization?

  2. Fortunate to have a mom who regularly told us…we were missing out because we lived in a lily white suburb (and not a more diverse place). Fortunate to live near (formerly in) Chicago…one of the most diverse places on earth.

    And in Northwest Indiana, we have much racial diversity — esp if we travel a little north. Per the Census data, we have an incredible mix of nationalities in the northern half of our county.

    I have saved a couple of the Hearts4Hearts dolls for future gifts if some of the mixed race young couples I know have girls someday. And my biracial son — saved a few in case he has a girl.

    I grew up in a family where everyone older had been born in another country. We do have contact with relations overseas.

    The above suggestions are good…and if one lives in or near a city with lots of ethnic groups you can experience a neighborhood where there is little or no English spoken. No passport needed 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Teaching and talking about racism and structural racism is also really important.

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