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How to make sure that your child well rooted to your culture and tradition ?

 

We shifted to new jersey four months back and the first and foremost thing that I wanted my son to do was adjust. Believe me kids are like chameleon, just like they change colors quickly, similarly kids adjust. Ahaan used to be very fluent in Hindi and believe me he still is. All we wanted him to adapt to the language so that he can communicate well in school and can play with other kids. He has started picking up and when he used to come home from school and narrates me what happened in school, me and my husband used to feel very proud. People used to say, one day he will forget Hindi and will start speaking English. He started speaking English with his grandparents back in India. That time the thought gripped me and made me feel little nervous. Is he going to be away from his culture, traditions, the mother tongue and lots more? This must be the thoughts of all the moms who are living in some part of the world away from their own traditions and cultures.

 

I don’t want my kid to be rootless. I want him to learn all the cultures and traditions that we follow and want him to know his mother tongue too. But the real question is still unanswered. How?

 

Culture awareness and tradition plays an important role in shaping personality and building up the self-esteem. There are many ways by which parents can teach their children.

  1. Teach your kid to be bilingual or multilingual: Teaching kids to be multilingual and bilingual is the great thing to do and has many advantages. Language is the best tool that provide deep insight to your family tradition and culture. When the child goes to school, he/she is learning the other language so make sure at home, you try speaking with him/her in your mother tongue, so he does not lose the grip of the language itself. I know its tough when your child is fluent with the other language but do remember, how he learnt that, P.S (listening). So, don’t stop speaking with your child in your mother tongue. That will really help.

 

  1.   Mix it up in the kitchen: Everybody must have got some of the dishes connecting to their culture and festival. So, have I. You can persuade your kid to help you in the kitchen with these dishes while talking about why they are made and what’s the significance. Cooking the authentic meals develops the sense of cultural bonding. Packing these lunches to school can double as it initiates the conversation about the culture among their peers.

 

 

  1. Celebrating holidays and tradition with your kid: The importance of holidays and tradition span across the world. Parents can teach them about holidays and tradition to help them build their own understanding of the culture and that their personal tradition might differ to the one in school or around you. Like we can teach them about the holiday of Dussehra in India and why is it celebrated. We can also tell them about the Independence Day on 15th august while living in US, the kids celebrate 4th of July. It might be confusing for them in the start. But remember, it’s a just a piece of cake for them. In some matter of time, its all done.
  2. Sharing stories about the genealogical lineage: Telling each other’s tales and stories gripped with culture history, tradition and life lessons that are taught to us by our ancestors is one way to make your kids understand about the family history. Bring your child to make a family tree and it will help them understand that their tradition is rich and diverse. Having a better understanding of the family values bring the sense of contentment and confidence in the child.

 

When the children are raised with all round values and traditions, they are more likely to be self-reliant and accept all other traditions and culture with dignity.

These small little steps can help you and your kid develop a bond which is culturally and traditional unshaken. If you have any other way, do let me know in the comment section below. Will be happy to share it with all.

Happy Parenting!!

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