One of the best things about having kids is rediscovering the world with them. I’ve always been fascinated by different cultures but when I was Maia’s age, the only books I could read were those I borrowed from our only library on the island at the time and the selection wasn’t exactly exhaustive.
These days things are different. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of information we’re bombarded with all the time so I can only imagine what it must feel like for a six year old. So I’ve decided to start a little project with her and eventually include Robin too when she’s old enough. I want the girls to grow up with the awareness that we are only a teeny tiny island in the middle of a sea which is surrounded by continents. The world is big, the cultures are many and I want them to be curious about all of them and to be respectful of the diversity which makes the human race so amazing.
What we will do is mark celebrations from different cultures and religions, either by crafting a decoration, cooking a special meal (or even just one recipe) or whatever else we decide to do to join in the festivities. Whenever we celebrate a particular event, we will read about it too and we will also look up pictures so Maia will be able to understand further what the whole fuss is about and who the people celebrating that day really are, where and how they live.
The first event we decided to mark was the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. It took us some time to get our act together but we finally finished the dragon we had set out to craft out of plastic cups. I am pinning all the ideas I find and like on Pinterest, if you want to have a look at them.
It would be great if you could join us in our little project! What other days would you celebrate with your child and how would you celebrate them?