One of the best parts of Global Guardian Project is meeting amazing families who are doing great things in the world to educate, empower and inspire others to learn more about our big, beautiful earth. When I was introduced to Becky Moralez, founder of Kid World Citizen, I knew our community should get to know her too. Kid World Citizen is a website dedicated to educating families about different cultures, countries, and traditions around the world. If you haven't discovered Kid World Citizen yet, you should!
We’d love to meet your family. Tell us a little about your tribe.
We met when Antonio was an exchange student at the university where Becky was studying. We fell in love with each other because we have similar values: family, education, helping others. We love to travel and learn about other cultures, and enjoy spending time with each other. We have two biological daughters, and 3 sons through adoption who are from China, Ethiopia, and the US.
What countries have you've visited with your family? Do you have a favorite?
We like to do more slow travel, and we prefer to travel during the summer when we have more time. Though my husband and I have been to many more countries, with the kids we have been to several countries in Europe: Ireland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and France. We spent a summer in Arequipa, Peru. Last summer we traveled throughout China (and we had been there before to adopt my son). And we currently live in Mexico. Next spring break we'd like to visit Cuba, and our next big trip will be to travel through Ethiopia. We have too many favorites :). We certainly love Mexico and all of its hidden, off the beaten path gems!
Tell us what it’s like where you're living right now.
Merida, Mexico is incredible because there are so many destinations, so close. With over 3000 cenotes, natural eco-parks and protected areas, thousands of Mayan ruins, pristine beaches, Spanish haciendas, lagunas, forests: we could visit a different place every weekend and not exhaust the list. Within the city, we love the colonial architecture, the bustling markets, the friendly people, and the unique cuisine.
Can you share your philosophy on raising multicultural kids?
In a multicultural family, it no longer is my culture or his culture- it is our family’s culture. While we of course celebrate the unique cultural holidays from our heritages, we also have adapted and shared and created our own traditions and customs. It helps us to become more open to ideas, more adept and solving challenges, better communicators, and most definitely has helped us work as a stronger team. Instilling pride in my kids' about the cultural heritage is always on my mind, especially as we live in a homogenous society like Mexico.
Tell us a bit about your blog and your mission behind it.
I started Kid World Citizen as a way to share cultural activities with transracial and transcultural adoptive parents, to help cultivate pride in their children for their heritage culture. I expanded it to include global learning from all corners of the world as I realized that many parents and teachers were interested in incorporating these activities with their children and students. My goal is to help this generation become more responsible, empathetic, and culturally aware global citizens. Our world is so interconnected, that these 21st century skills will inevitably help our children not only succeed, but make the world a better place. Along with my blog, I also have co-authored a book called "The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners," which is packed with tips and activities for teachers who want to include global learning in their classes. I also have written countless multicultural and global lessons for teachers onTeachers Pay Teachers.
We often hear that parents want to introduce a richer global perspective in the home, but don’t know where to start. What’s one tip you can give for families who want to start taking steps to learning more about other cultures and countries?
Start small. Look around your city or neighborhood for opportunities to taste a new food, meet someone from a new culture, enjoy art from another country, listen to music or watch a movie from another country. Once we show our kids that different isn't "bad," they will naturally open their eyes and be more receptive to exploring differences.