Multicultural Kid Blogs
Multicultural Kid Blogs is a project close to my heart. I have been a member of MKB since 2013 and two years later I agreed to join the MKB board, a role in which I am happy and proud to still be active.
The mission of MKB is to
“inspire and support families, caregivers, educators, and community members raising the next generation of global citizens”
I fully share the values of MKB and appreciate the diverse content on the site, some of which I have contributed to myself (see below). MKB’s educational and parenting content celebrates diversity in all its forms while also recognizing the common concerns and dreams we all have for our children. MKB actively promotes social justice, inclusion, and equity, in order to build a world where all children can thrive.
Through MKB I have forged many important relationships with people from across the world, among them the founder of MKB, Leanna Guillen-Mora, and my close friend Ute Limacher-Riebold with whom I have several ongoing projects.
MKB also brought me together with my other fellow Family Language Coaches
Another MKB member, Orana Velarde has blown life into this website with her creative design skills, and I was happy to contribute to Elisavet Arkolaki’s book “How to raise confident multicultural children”.
Article Contributions to MKB
“What’s the problem with being ‘not racist?’ It is a claim that signifies neutrality: ‘I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.’ But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’”
During the first week of March, together with seven other MKB members, I attended the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) annual conference, this year arranged in The Hague in Netherlands. FIGT is a forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those who work with them, and the conference, now in its 20th year, is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere.
If you have moved away from the country where most of your relatives live, visits “back home” is an excellent way of giving your children’s minority language a real boost. Their bond with their relatives will strengthen and their understanding of the family’s heritage will improve significantly during these visits.
What do Santa Claus, the Moomins and Angry Birds all have in common? Yes, they are all great fun and kids love them, but they also all come from Finland. Finland is a country located in northern Europe next to its Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Norway in the west and Russia in the east. 2017 is an important year for Finland. It is celebrating its 100th anniversary as an independent country.