Diversity stems from the word diverse that means “of a different kind, form, character, etc.; such as diverse opinions;  unlike;  various kinds or forms, including people from one or more  social, cultural, or economic group especially members of ethnic or religious minority groups.”

To embrace diversity means we need to practice respect and tolerance to others.   Today, the word diversity is tossed around everywhere! Employers are embracing the term “diversity and inclusion”, with teams dedicated to make a more diverse and inclusive work-place.  However, how do we teach our kids about diversity?  It really starts at home.   We need to step out of our “box” and explore our beautiful and diverse world.

Here are some fun ways to teach your kids about diversity:

Travel is the ideal way to expose children to diverse cultures, foods, customs, languages and way of life.

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Nevertheless, that’s not always an option.  You can still expose your children to all of this by visiting cultural events, and festivals.

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We love to visit an annual International Festival where we visit all seven continents in one place.

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Expand your taste buds and cook together with your family.  Explore other countries by trying out an ethnic cuisine or have a meal at an ethnic restaurant.

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Help your child start a book club and start fund-raising for diverse books. Invite friends of different backgrounds to join.

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Together with your child learn and discuss different religions,  rituals and traditions.

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Watch foreign movies and discuss the differences and uniqueness of the characters, culture and ethnicity.

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More importantly read books about embracing diversity and uniqueness.

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