One of my primary reasons I began to write here in this space was for the connections it provides to others in similar life circumstances. When we lived in the rural Midwest, we felt very culturally isolated and it was my only means of connecting to those who understood. Having just started out in marriage, family, career, my husband and I often felt alone on the road without any role models of people walking this particular road ahead of us.
I am grateful to live in the age of Amazon.com and the internet, for it allows me to find some ways to integrate more of our family’s multi-cultural identity into our very monocultural context. Every so often, I get an inquiry about good resources for children and resources for global families. Since I’m an educator by profession, books are an easy and immediate way to bring the world to my family regardless of where I live. I thought I’d point you to a few of my favorites.
- I did a presentation several years ago on incorporating the world into daily family life. The link is a power point with a lot of recommendations for how incorporated into our children’s lives when they were very young. It’s a bit old, but my recommendations still stand.
- I’ve also created a few Amazon widgets to keep on the sidebar which link to my absolute favorite multicultural children’s books and books on intercultural marriage, along with a few reasons why I like them.
- Integrating the world into nitty gritty family life (power point presentation)
- On raising bicultural children (video)