Still, I want my kids to feel like they belong to a cultural group and feel pride in their ancestors. How can we encourage pride in our children’s culture and history?
Attend cultural festivals.
Take your children to local cultural festivals. They’ll see traditional dances and songs and even modern performances of people who look similar to them. They’ll taste ethnic food and hear various people speaking a common language. Festivals are a wonderful way to gather and celebrate a people’s common roots.
In Los Angeles, we’ve attended various festivals, such as The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, The Feast of San Gennaro (aka Jimmy Kimmel’s festival), Bastille Day and events held at the Japanese American National Museum.
Read books and fairy tales about your culture.
A few examples include The Little Snow Maiden (Russian), The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Norwegian), The Three Green Frogs (Korean) and The Little Red Hen (English). I’ve also found some good Filipino folk tales and Mexican nursery rhymes. Read more →Want to get a better handle on this parenting thing? Join me on the mailing list for exclusive content: