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How to raise a culturally aware child

How to raise a culturally aware child

Sometimes we are reluctant to raise the subject of differences with our children, afraid that by acknowledging differences, we will be creating prejudice and mistrust. But the truth is that children can see for themselves that there are differences between them and others, be it hair colour, skin colour, dress or language. They are not blind, but they experience these differences neutrally. Once again – as role models – it is up to us to mediate and help children to acknowledge and live with these differences in a positive way.

That fact that children recognise these differences is not a bad thing—it’s actually very natural. It’s also an indication that as parents we can begin—even with a very young child—to model positive values concerning the worth of all people and respect for differences.

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