The title of this post may be a bit intimidating for mothers with toddlers, so let me break it down for you right off the bat. It is our responsibility to show our little ones a broad overview of the world! For many of us, we are simply laying the foundation for the Holy Spirit to connect the dots as they get older. Honestly, it really isn’t that hard to do. Read bi-lingual books. Cook ethnic foods once a week. Have a Dora movie night and eat tacos! When choosing puzzles, games and crafts, think about the world! These are a great place to begin and it is easy.
Geography: If you do not have a globe in your house, you should invest in one! Toddlers, kids, and grown-ups need to know where they are in the world and how big it is BECAUSE GOD MADE THE WORLD!!! Put up maps of the world in your home or check out oversize atlases from the library and let them just browse through it. There are tons of ways to show your kids how big the world is.
Culture: We need to instill in our children a healthy respect for other cultures around the world, pointing out the reality that not all cultures know about Jesus or submit to Jesus. That is why it is so important that we learn about these different cultures… so we can take the gospel to them! Research and learn about a people group. Learn about their preference in art, music, dance, flavors, smells and sounds.
Language: This, at least for me, is the most intimidating. My husband jokes with us and says I am not allowed to read to my kids in Spanish because my pronunciation is so bad. So, yes it is hard to jump right into a bilingual book after many years of little practice, but I try. We also play Spanish music sometimes in the car and during the Davis Nation dance parties. I want our kids to hear different languages so they may be inspired to learn more of them. Think about it, if our children could learn another language (or two!) by the time they are out of high school, we would have equipped them to speak the Gospel to the world!
Some of these things you may already be doing. Keep it up! These things teach our kids about God and about how much God loves everyone he created!
People are different all over the world. I want my kids to know the difference, but focus on what we have in common, the need for a savior!