Introduce your child to people from different cultures and countries. Talk about their families, jobs and holiday traditions. Let your child ask questions.

This personal contact is perhaps the best way for a child to learn that differences aren’t negative or frightening. You can also:

  • Find child-friendly songs with simple melodies from other cultures. Sing them with your child.

  • Read children’s books from a variety of cultures and places, like Barbara M. Joosse’s Mama, Do You Love Me?

  • Find books that retell familiar stories, like Susan Lowell’s Three Little Javelinas. It’s a Native American rendition of The Three Little Pigs.

  • Decorate your child’s room with newspaper or magazine photos of children from other cultures.

  • Eat at restaurants owned and operated by people from different cultures.

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