Multiethnic Christmas Gift Ideas For Kids
So there came the day, the year that I realized my kids are getting way more toys for Christmas than my minimalist aspiring heart can hold. Therefore I decided that “from now on I will only purchase really beautiful and really meaningful toys!” No more going crazy on Black Friday getting last minute cheap plastic, throw-me-away-three-weeks-later gadgets from me. Only meaningful gifts that build my children’s character, fostered their unique talents and sharpened their cultural compenetency! And so started my journey of only buying absolutely beautiful diverse gifts such as those listed bellow.
You know I always felt that having too much “stuff” is not helping but more so harming a child. Psychology Today confirmed that when I recently read that “a high level of materialism during childhood may even decrease life satisfaction in adulthood (Opree et al, 2013). Indeed, studies of adults have associated increased materialism with decreased life satisfaction, happiness, vitality, social cooperation and environmentally sustainable behaviors, as well as increased depression, anxiety, racism and antisocial behavior (Twenge and Kasser, 2013).”
woah... piling unnecessary stuff on my offspring I may actually contribute to raising antisocial, anxious little racists? Ok, so what’s the solution? Since I also believe it’s important to show love by giving some sort of gift (since we all know about love languages since Gary Chapman:), here’s the solution:
I decided for Christmas the children will only get toys from us that will positively impact their minds, hearts and souls AND also shape them socially and culturally. Pretty deep? No, I just wanted my gifts to be meaningful enough to help them grow into intelligent and compassionate human beings AND spend my money on items that help them embrace their cultural and individual idenity... and yes foster a healthy self image.
The 3 bEst MulticuLtural Children's Books
So I was seriously laying in bed the other night wondering that if I was only allowed to choose 3 books, which ones would I gift a child of African descent with? Hm.... that’s hard. There are so many good ones. But I came up with three power packed beautiful, stunning, life changing, most essentials books that are simply treasures that my kids and I wouldn’t give up for any deserted island! (:
ThanKsgiving, Modern Day Pilgrims & Reading books about immigrant children
This week I’m constantly reminded of Charlotte Mason’s statement that it’s not as much about how much our students know but more so about how much they care and ....how many things they care about....
It encouraged me to once again open the pages of our PilgrimsNow & Then Unit Study this Fall and to begin reading stories. We read about the first Pilgrim’s. We read about children arriving on the Mayflower Compact. We read about children coming as indentured servants form Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. We meet Jewish, Chinese, Russian children who faced their unique set of obstacles and adventures. And then we talk about the approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrant children called “The Dreamers” who are currently living in the U.S..
And we talk about what it may have felt like to move to a differnt country. We talk about me, their mama coming to the U.S. many years ago, just like the pilgrims. So we talk and we read books. Really organically the conversation becomes rich and beautiful.
why It is iMportant To take EVEN small children on trips
To be completely honest: The selfish, independent me does not enjoy traveling with kids, especially small children. It’s not as relaxed as traveling alone. However, I’ve been wrapping my first daughter in a moby wrap to board a plane since she was 3 months and taken her on 15 hour plane rides and car rides that were looooong. I have traveled with my kids and always will.
So, why do I do it? Why have I committed to taking even young children on trips, to new places?
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.