Raising Global Citizens

Student Looking at GlobeA truly wonderful resource is the book Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World by Homa Sabet Tavangar.  The author bases the book on her time working on diversity and cross-cultural issues around the world and her experiences raising three girls.  The book (now also a website) is full of practical advice for parents on how to bring the world into their homes through games, activities, toys, websites, and other resources.  While many of the activities are for older kids, there are also lots of suggestions for young children as well.

One of the main suggestions in this book is to form a group of parents that support each other in their efforts to raise global citizens.  Luckily for me, I am already a part of such a group!  These wonderful ladies hail from all parts of the globe, and most of us are part of cross-cultural marriages.  As one of our activities, we recently started a book club dedicated to Growing Up Global.  In our first meeting, amid the babble and tumble of our kids, we discussed topics like how to expose even babies to other cultures (through foods, for example) and how to expose your children to other cultures without them losing a sense of their own.  Wonderful stuff!Child with globe and flags

The internet also has a number of great resources for raising your child with a global orientation.  Kidworldcitizen has a constantly growing database of multicultural activities that you can use to introduce your child to the vast, wonderful world we live in, from crafts and recipes to field trips, literature, music, and more!

Worldwide Culture Swap is an amazing program that will give your child a tangible, personal connection to other children around the world. Participant families are teamed up with four other families from different countries.  Each sends a package to the other families (mainly addressed to the child or children) with items that will give them a feel of what it is like to live in their country – such as inexpensive souvenirs, local crafts, native seeds, and so on.   If you’d rather have a longer-term, one-on-one contact for your child, you can also use this website to find an international pen pal.

One of my favorite blogs is by Tallulah of Bilingual Babes, who did a guest post for us on how to help kids deal with being “different.”  She has done extensive research on multicultural products for kids, which is a wonderful resource for anyone with children in their lives.  (You can find a full list of products on the sidebar of her main page).


22 comments on “Raising Global Citizens

  1. Oh my goodness. I just found this post. I am honored. Thank you for your support and kind words. Keep writing. I love this blog and you have important ideas to share with the world!
    -homa, @growingupglobal

  2. So glad to’ve discovered your blog, it’s the newest addition to my blogroll 🙂 Maybe we can swap guestposts sometime!

  3. Thank you so much for linking up!:) I love to network with other multicultural/global families who believe in teaching our kids about the world.

  4. This is great, something that I feel very strongly about. So much so , that we are traveling the world, indefinitely, with our children from next year. Keep up the good work!

  5. Thank you! What wonderful resources!!

  6. Great resources! I’m so glad I found your blog. We are Americans raising our kids in Western Kenya. I’m Jewish and my husband is B’ahai. So, there’s a lot to make sense of and integrate. I’ve been wanting to participate in the culture swap, but I’m short on recipes and crafts that are representative of any one culture anyway. But it’s great to see what others have done. Thanks for your blog!

    • Kim, so glad you found us! You have such a great blog! If you are interested in the Culture Swap, you might want to contact them even if you’re not sure it would be a good fit. I’m sure they would love to work with you! And we also have a monthly linky (http://alldonemonkey.com/2012/10/01/october-culture-swapper-is-live/), which you are more than welcome to participate in – posts don’t have to be just about one culture, they can also be reflections on your unique mix of cultures. I know I would love that!

      Also, have you heard of this group (http://www.bahaimomblogs.com/)? I am Baha’i as well, so if you are looking for ideas to celebrate Baha’i holidays or do Baha’i classes for your kids, you can find some great resources here.

      Finally, we would love to have you as a part of our brand-new Multicultural Kid Blogs group! Just go here (http://www.facebook.com/groups/multiculturalkidblogs/) from your personal FB page to request to join. Hope to see you there!

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