Raising global children who are culturally-aware has been the topic of conversation I often find myself engaged with other parents. Far too often the topic of travel, exploration and/or adventure comes up during talks. And far too often, you immediately hear negative responses such as:
We have kids so we haven’t been able to go anywhere.
I don’t have anyone to watch my kids so we haven’t been on vacation since…
When our kids get older we will maybe go somewhere.
Essentially, it all translates into the fact certain parents honestly feel having kids precludes them from exploring, traveling or doing anything other than having a routine life of little league, work/school and maybe a night out here and there. It is almost as if having children is the ultimate ‘kiss of death’. Or so it seems.
At Abundant Journeys, we have a completely different stance on life with and without kids. Life is not over because we have children. It is just beginning. The reason to travel is because you have children. We believe you should make it a priority. It has been said time and time again that we encourage family travel in 3 life stages:
- Annual trip with the kids
- Annual trip just Mom and Dad
- Annual trip for just Mom
However, raising globally aware children requires more than an annual vacation. In this day and age, it is imperative we raise global children who are culturally-aware. Children able to navigate various different regions, cultures and people while maintaining who they are as individuals. We all understand the world has become interconnected across the globe. However, we have only touched the tip of rearing children who can thrive in this global economy.
Before you read any further, please stop right now. Let’s do a brain reboot:
Raising global children who are culturally-aware is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is not an afterthought. It is a forethought. Schools, parents, businesses and churches must all work together to meet this need. Our children are depending on us to give them their best foot forward.
Stacie Berdan has two articles of interest on this very topic, 10 Tips for Raising a Global Child and Working Together to Raise Global Children. Mrs. Berdan touches on several ways and opportunities to aid you in rearing culturally-aware children. And I would like to keep the conversation going.
What does this mean for you?
I am beginning a new blog series focused on raising global children. The goal is to have you participate by answering the weekly question on a specific topic regarding raising culturally-aware children. If you have an article or book related to that week’s topic, please share.
If you are interested in contributing to this discussion, then here is how it will work:
- Complete this form to enter as a contributor.
- Each week, you will receive the question to discuss.
- Examples: a) Should schools (K-12) offer global education (foreign language programs, study abroad)? b) How does critical thinking skills and cultural-awareness interconnect? c) At what age should you introduce your child to a foreign language? Which language? Why?
- You must submit your contribution within 48-hours of receiving the current topic. We anticipate emailing topics on Sundays (CST). Responses will be due by Tuesday (CST). Post will be published Thursday (CST) weekly.
- Please note times are for Central Standard Time, USA. If you are in another country, please make special note of the time frames.
- Attach an image (photo release required), a brief and concise response of 5-7 sentences and a link to any articles or books you have written on the topic.
- You agree to contribute based on your personal experiences raising and/or caring for children. The goal is to learn from one another. Celebrate our uniqueness and raise global children together.
- We encourage, in fact, we very much want perspectives from parents/caregivers across the globe.
It is important to note, we will review your responses. If any editorial adjustments are made, we will email it back to you for approval before publishing that week’s discussion post. Let’s make this a widespread and productive discussion to aid us in raising global children who are culturally-aware.
Interested in contributing to this discussion? Complete the form HERE.
Not interested in contributing, but you have a topic you want us to discuss? Share with us in the comments below.