Blog Posts by Heather OBrien

  • Parenting Tolerant Children

    Most countries are now unique melting pots of many cultures making up their population. With growing numbers climbing ever higher in birth rates, it is imperative that children be taught tolerance, understanding, and community values from an early age. The only way to ensure that a peaceful future among mankind will have a chance to succeed is to create foundations that can be continuously built upon as a child grows. Where does a parent start when trying to teach these values to their child?

    A parent must first identify opportunities for exposing their children to multiple cultures. Folk festivals, local farmers markets, street fairs, art museums, even restaurants featuring international cuisine are all viable sources for learning, and experiencing, different cultures. In addition to introducing cultural awareness, thought must also be put into building tolerance towards others with disabilities, individual lifestyle choices, gender, and race. Unfortunately, bias still exists and is

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