How to Teach Kids to Resolve Culture Conflict?

We live in a global society. The United States is a very typical example of a country with multiple cultures, since there are a lot of immigrants from all over the world bringing here various culture and values.

There are common values among the world; however, there are some fundamental differences as well. We suggest parents advise their kids using the following ways to handle culture conflicts in an effective way.

  1. Respect different cultures, which is crucial for resolving culture conflict
  2. Be open and willing to accept other people from different cultures, make friends with them
  3. Find common ground, use common values
  4. Know your values and be aware of the differences with other values
  5. Be open to possible alternative ways to implement your values
  6. Put yourself in others’ shoes, and try to understand them
  7. Try to understand a culture from a big picture, do not blame all because of one

Tips for Teaching Preschoolers

Developmental Characteristics

  • Understand the idea of saving when they can count
  • Think money as a way to get things they want
  • Understand the concept of borrowing and returning
  • Understand what is theirs and what belongs to others
  • Choose to buy between two or three items
  • Imitate parents’ spending habits
  • Do not understand different money value
  • May not understand that they have to pay for things that they take off the shelf at the store

Suggested Teaching Activities

  • Take kids shopping whenever it is possible
  • Use play money to play grocery store
  • Borrow or rent something they need to return
  • Teach them identify the names of the coins
  • Let kids pay for one item when shopping
  • Teach kids that parents work for paying food and clothes
  • Have kids do routine chores without pay, let them learn to be responsible
  • Put savings in a jar, build a good saving habit
  • Read stories about money and responsibility
  • Provide two or three alternatives and let them make a choice
  • Discuss products advertised in commercials

Tips for Teaching High School and College Students

Developmental Characteristics

  • Continue to need help on distinguishing wants and needs
  • Want to be more independent financially, while is somewhat dependent
  • Their school and social life cost more
  • Peers often have more influence than parents
  • Want to have money to manage
  • May want to use credits
  • Experience the good and bad consequences of spending
  • Some children take student loan for their colleges
  • Understand differences between gross and net income
  • Have some concepts on employment benefits
  • Understand they can exchange time and energy for money
  • May do some part-time jobs

Suggested Teaching Activities

  • Encourage children to apply scholarships
  • Continue to teach children to manage money wisely
  • Let children do some family grocery shopping to gain more experience
  • Help children on their saving and spending planning
  • Encourage children to involve in family finance planning
  • Involve children in planning for a long-term financing arrangement
  • Before children apply for jobs, discuss work hours considering study time and household responsibilities
  • Encourage children to attend internships
  • Help children complete income tax forms if they have part-time jobs
  • Compute miles per gallon on a family car to encourage saving
  • Explain auto insurance to children
  • Discuss ways to deal with risk of potential financial loss
  • Teach children about investing while explain risk of market