These days it is rare to find someone under the age of 40 who is 100% (fill in the blank). As cultures unite and merge together around the globe, more and more people are either being raised with multiple heritages or raising children with multiple heritages. And if someone does happen to be 100% (fill in the blank), then there is a strong likelihood that friends and even family members are a blend of various heritages.
I personally think this is beautiful! Watching cultures come together. Celebrating and embracing all the special things that make up different heritages.
My daughter is an exciting blend of, well, everything. My husband and I created a true child of the world. This makes my role as parent/heritage-teacher a whole lot of fun! Helping her discover exactly what makes her who she is, is very exciting and gives our family a lot of opportunities to engage in and with people we might not normally find ourselves around.
There are a lot of ways you can honor your child's genetic makeup so that they can begin to experience their cultures. I wrote a post about that just the other day. Head on over to Learning About Diversity by Honoring Your Child's Multiple Heritages to read more. Not only do I share why I feel it is important to know exactly what blood runs through your veins, I also share how DNA does not trump culture.
There are a lot of wonderful posts from the bloggers that are part of the Multicultural Kids Blog network that celebrate ways in which we can honor our children's multiple heritages. I am linking to some of my favorites below. Do check them out when time is one your side (or even if it isn't!)
Do you need some inspiration when it comes to projects you can do with your children that help them celebrate their unique heritages? Leanna from All Done Monkey is the master mama when it comes to this. I loved her post which featured a very simple Cotton Craft and Activity. What a great way to introduce a young child to something that made the South, well, the South! Also check out how Leanna celebrated Costa Rican Independence Day.
Embracing Your Roots and Culture is a wonderful post from Discovering The World Through My Son's Eyes. Just like I discussed the importance of DNA testing to get a full picture of your roots, Frances illustrates the beauty in discovering what heritages run through your veins!
Need a few ideas for expat parents to teach children about the language, culture, and flora and fauna of your native land so that they have a deeper appreciation for their multicultural background? Simply Multicultural shares 10 ways to teach children about your homeland. It is a great post! Very inspiring.
Amanda of Expat with a Double Buggy, has an awesome series of interviews called Sharing Our Roots! What a great way to explore the concept of heritage and how we embrace and celebrate it! Here are the posts that were part of this series:
- An Interview With Suzanne
- An Interview with Britt Breu
- An interview with Charlie Raemakers
- An Interview with Vinita Salome
I adore this collection of posts from Ute at Expat Since Birth! Living in the Netherlands, Ute honors the traditions that have been a part of that culture through the ages while also honoring those traditions that are a part of her multicultural family. I love reading about seasonal celebrations around the world and quite enjoyed seeing how Ute's family celebrates various holidays as a multicultural family.
My favorite post explores the fact that when you live in a multicultural family and context, there are moments where you have to decide which festivity (or holiday) you want to celebrate with your family, extended family, friends etc.
Other great posts from Ute include:
- How To Celebrate Christmas in a Multicultural Expat Family
- What Kind of Memories Will Our TKS's Share With Us?
- Sinterklaas in the Netherlands: mid November til 5 December
- Schellen-Ursli or a Bell for Ursli
Last but not at all least, Varya of Creative World of Varya, shares a great post about keeping Russian heritage alive in her family through cooking at eating. Teaching Heritage to Your Own Children is an inspiring read! I particularly like how Varya points out that “I am often asked what culture we follow in our family since my husband and I come from different backgrounds. I always reply – we have our own culture.“ True. Very true!