10 Children's Books That Shape A StrOng Ethnic Identity in ChildRen
Have you ever worried your child grows up insecure feeling less adequate, less worth than others based on her appearance, his skills, her skin tone or her ethnic background? Have you ever wondered if he may feel like he is not fitting in his or her homogenous surroundings?
Maybe you have heard your child say:
"I wish I wasn't..." or
"I wish I was..."
Maybe YOU have said it. Maybe you openly broke down in tears with this statement one day or you quietly mumbled it to yourself as you looked into the bathroom mirror as a teenager.
I believe no matter if everyone in your community looks like you or no one looks like you, every single person in this world has struggled, is struggling or will be struggling with identity problems at some point in his or her life. Especially young people who are beginning their formation of self image are in danger of taking on a negative or a false identity of who they truly are.
So how do you foster a strong, healthy cultural identity in your child within which they learn to honor their own as well as other cultures without feeling they are inferior or superior to the own?
Here are 5 ways I found very helpful in raising children that are of an ethnic minority or majority:
Shaping your World into The Very Life You Love
Today my kids and I learnt such deep and valuable lessons on perseverance. On faithfully staying the course. On keep on keepin’ on even when it gets rough And we learnt it from the life and art of beautiful African American Artist Augusta Savage (1892-1962).
We learnt about chasing your dreams. No matter what and even.
We learnt about using the very obstacles you encounter as a catapult into your destiny! The very person who did not believe in her dream, her father, was the one whose face Augusta used to sculpture into a stunning bus which would open for her the heavy doors of the 1930s prestigious arts world and proof her exceptional talent to create and teach art. Sounds like an amazing homeschool day right? Well, it didn’t start like that...
How to walk through Hard Seasons
California based Ghanaian-German educator, writer, bookworm and mama of three. A lover of all things nature, diversity & healthy.
"Education is nothing else than discovery.
And discovery full of diversity is beautiful."
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My name is Nancy. I'm a teacher, home educator, wife, mother, writer and accidental German-Ghanaian transplant to the U.S., in love with California and all things diversity.