Parenting tips: 5 tips for raising bicultural children

Bicultural means having or combining the cultural attitudes and customs of two nations, peoples or ethnic groups. One can be bilingual without being bicultural or bicultural without being bilingual, but the two often go hand in hand. When we offer children two or more cultures, we can also take care to introduce them to music, food, stories and traditions from each culture. This helps children develop a strong sense of trust, security and pride in their diverse cultural and linguistic identities. Growing up bicultural can be isolating and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Identifying with two or more cultures at the same time can be an enriching and empowering experience. (Also read: Ways to teach children culture through art )

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Author and parenting expert and founder of Momology, Fatin Kadri, shared tips on raising bicultural children in her Instagram post.

1. Appreciate your culture

The first step in raising children bilingually is making a conscious decision to invest time and energy in keeping your faith, traditions and language alive in your family. Realizing the value of your culture and your language is the first step.

2. Speak native language at home

Exposure is key. Talk to your children in the language. If you don’t speak the language yourself, recruit the grandparents. Make exposing them to language a priority. They can express themselves better in their mother tongue.

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3. Talk about your roots

Teach your children about their history, ancestors, traditions and culture while encouraging them to be proud of their culture. This will help them accept their cultural differences more easily. Let them know that they are not alone and most people are from other countries and cultures just like them. We are all different, we all have different roots and beliefs, but at the same time we all have things in common. Teach your children your values ​​while also letting them know that we are not all the same and different people may have different values ​​and customs and that is okay.

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4. Make trips to your home country

Make sure your children visit their home country and understand and see their culture. This expands a child’s world, makes them more empathetic to cultural differences, and helps them adapt to changing situations. You will also develop a greater understanding of other cultures and backgrounds.

5. Find songs/books/that explore the culture

A child is never too young to learn about cultural diversity. Look for books that highlight cultural diversity. Tell them stories with themes that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and equity. This will help them build empathy, understanding, and cultural awareness.

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