Parents should do everything they can to raise kids who are self-aware and culturally sensitive. Children are exposed to media with prejudice and misinformation, especially when they’re growing up. Thus, deterring these intolerant concepts starts at home.
Do you know that it takes a village to raise a child? Here’s how parents, with help from communities and institutions outside the home, can help raise an upright child:
Enroll in a good charter school
Plenty of charter schools in Salt Lake City cater to a diverse student population. Thus, a charter school is a great avenue for children to learn about cultural awareness and equal opportunities.
Moreover, through controlled class sizes and tailored curriculums, charter schools give kids the opportunity to practice their independence and sense of accountability, skills they need to develop tolerance and responsibility.
Travel to far places together
Be it to a neighbor state or to a country overseas, traveling as a family helps widen children’s horizons. However, it is important to be informed during these travels and not to look at cultures as purely static. Being informed helps you dismiss our biases, refrain from romanticizing cultures, and avoid stereotyping. Of course, it helps in keeping your travels safe and orderly, too!
Go to museums and festivals
You might not need to look too far to expose your child to various cultures. Visit local museums and community festivals. Museums are a great place to learn about your city’s history, how policies evolved through time, and where people got their biases. Meanwhile, attending festivals helps foster a spirit of belongingness within your child, all while enjoying the scene.
Learn a new foreign language
There are lots of benefits to learning a second language. Right off the bat, learning a new language sharpens the mind, improves memory, and enhances the brain’s ability to multi-task.
It also enhances kids’ ability to network with people outside their circle. Learning new languages teaches kids about particular cultural contexts.
Moderate TV time in the house
71% of children aged eight to eighteen years old have their own TV in their room. Without supervision or due processing, this setup allows your kids to absorb everything they see on TV as just, right, or applicable in the real world, which isn’t always the case. Thus, it’s important to step in and ask them about what they watch and help them understand difficult cultural interactions.
Keep up with the times
Of course, being the adult doesn’t exempt you from the fact that you need to be as culturally and politically aware of the things your kids see and hear. Modern parenting is now full of new concepts that were hardly discussed a decade before, so you constantly have to read new materials and inform yourself as much as possible.
Of course, there isn’t one correct way to raising a child into a responsible, self-aware citizen. The only things we can do are to be with them, answer their difficult questions about society, and promote empathy for people of all races.