Being a multicultural family having various backgrounds and beliefs. How do we manage conversation as a cross-culture parent? What do we tell our children to believe?
When we first arrived in Barcelona, there was a massive rally for pro-independence and called for its leaders’ release! My husband Daniel is a half Catalan from the mother’s side; we often discuss this matter and also have a different perspective in regards to this subject.
Regardless of what types of political subjects we covered. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China’s relationship? Brazil Amazon fire? Catalunya independent movement. There were learning curve as a cross-culture married couple to sync the value and discuss these subjects without getting into an argument.
Agree or disagree
we focus on discussing the part that has an agreement! Listen more to understand their perspective rather than trying to change someone’s mind! For example, we talked about the history of his grandparents and their beliefs while migrating to Brazil rather than which political parties need to take a step back; We spoke of Hong Kong’s economy during the protest period, rather than the protest should or should not happen.
Be open, respectful, and kind
we are a multicultural family, we care about each other, and that includes respect the differences. To embrace multiculturalism, one needs to be open enough to listen and be kind enough not to harm others when there’s any disagreement.
It is always a good idea to take a deep breath and change the subject when the tension escalates. If any of us is having a hard time to recompose immediately, we usually walk away a bit.
Our toddlers are still too little to understand the political matter. Since they are naturally exposed to the Catalunya independent movement, family and friends are often discussing this subject during the gathering.
Stay open mind
Telling children about this particular subject can help them to understand their background and heritage. Studies show understanding heritage can help young children develop a positive sense of identity and build self-esteem.
Provides a multicultural classroom environment
Multiculturalism in school is vital because it allows children to see and think from a different perspective, often encourage children to have positive dialogue for differences.
Allow children to choose their beliefs
We are a multicultural family that involves more than 2 nationalities. Our children are free to decide who they are and develop their points of view.
Being in a multicultural family, It allows both children and parents to examine our own social and cultural biases, and it will enable us to readjust to our own setting.