It is important to expose our children to different cultures, but more important that we immerse them in their own culture(s) especially if they are of mixed race or ethnicity
Yes, Cheryl Peterson Guess. Teaching multicultural children about their cultures allows you, as the parent, to learn details about other cultures as well. As an African American, with a Native American/African American Grandfather, I did not have the opportunity to learn about the Native American customs. My Grandfather died when his children were young. I'm not sure how much of the Native American culture my Great-Grandmother taught them, but culturallism and traditions were not passed down.
I truly miss that.
My grandson is an African American Hispanic. We, along with his Hispanic family, has tried to teach him cultural relevance. We live in TX, and a small Municipality, which is highly multicultural. The most exciting difference that is shared, is the food. Alex loves Carnitas, but he also loves Cornbread. As a young child, he ate biscuits, but not tortillas. He wears plaid shirts, denim jeans, and cowboy boots. His first real cowboy hat was a gift from a Great-Uncle. His grandparents tried to teach him Spanish, but English was the dominant language spoken in both houses. Alex understands some Spanish but does not speak conversationalist. Our school celebrates culturally for all of our students, Asian, Indian, Hispanic, and African American. Alex has had an opportunity to learn, not just his cultures, but to celebrate and learn other cultures.
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