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

Money Values

In order to teach children about money, we as parents have to examine our own attitudes and values toward money first, and then think about the things we want our children to understand. Let’s take a look at some quotes on money, which are popular sayings that have become acceptable as a general truth through long use. However, like any saying, each of the following adages could only fit certain situations, may not cover all aspects in our life. Use them as references.

  • “Money isn’t everything. It’s just most everything.” Money is very important to meet a lot of needs in our daily life. Such as food, housing, college.
  • “Money is power, & you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it.” When we have money we can do a lot of things, help schools, donate to those people really need it. Such as people who are suffering from natural disasters.
  • “Money’s only important when you don’t have any.” If we have a lot of money, more than we need, money becomes not so important to us.
  • “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” Money is just the outcome of hardworking using our ability.
  • “Money can’t buy happiness.” Money can not solve some person’s problems. For example, some well-paid movie stars who are taking drugs, having trouble with the law.
  • “Self-worth isn’t measured in dollars and cents.” It doesn’t mean that a rich person who has the money is valued in that way. Some people got rich by doing bad things, such as trading drugs; certainly they are not regarded as valuable people.
  • “Money, like manure, only does well when you spread it around and encourage small things to grow.” Money is just a tool to help people live better. Using money to pay for an education, to start a business, or to donate to charity are certainly good reasons for having money.
  • “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Wise money management needs knowledge.
  • “Those who are of the opinion that Money will do everything, may very well be suspected to do everything for Money.” If a person put money as his or her fist priority, it will be very dangerous.
  • “Your money or your life.” We know what to do when a burglar makes this demand of us. Life is much more important than money.
  • “Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.” Money is not essence for us.
  • “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. “Once again knowledge and ability is much more import than money, because, if we do not have knowledge, do not have the ability to grow money, even we have money, money will gone soon.
  • “Never spend your money before you have it. “ A very good advice for avoiding debt.
  • “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. “ This is an excellent advice for us to have a healthy and happy life.

Teach Kids Common Values

People live with values. Different people have different values. Parents want kids to have a happy life. What values kids need to have a happy life? What values do parents want to teach kids? I think we should teach kids some of the common values including healthy, caring, cooperative, curious, intelligent, self-esteem, self-confidence, and responsible.

Healthy

“Healthy” is defined as a person behaves physically and mentally well.

Physical health is the most important for a person, because a healthy person is able to enjoy daily life, including studying, working and relaxing. He or she has courage to take mental challenge and is able to recover balance after negative experience. In order to keep kids healthy, parents should help them build healthy habits as early as possible. Parents also need to help kids to acquire skills that contribute to healthy lifestyle, such as eating healthy food, exercising regularly and learning continually.

Caring

“Caring” is defined as a person is able to feel, think, and act in the interests of others.

Because we live with a family in a community, when making a decision, we need to be thoughtful for related people or things to show caring. Kids need to learn when it is appropriate to care and how to balance on other values, such as competitiveness, or their own needs.

Cooperative

“Cooperative” is defined as a person can act with others for a common purpose as a part of a team.

Help kids to recognize the task requiring cooperation to complete, and teach kids that two people have more power than one and the skills to know how to negotiate the completion of the necessary tasks.

Curious

“Curious” is defined as a person has the desire to figure out something.

Kids are born curious, which is necessary for survival. We want to know the surrounding environment and understanding of how they relate to each other, which provides the basis for curiosity. Kids learn because they are curious, it is the best motivator. Parents should use kids’ curiosity to help them learn, and help kids to preserve their curiosity.

Intelligent

“Intelligent” is defined as a person has a wide range and /or depth of knowledge in specific fields.

By learning, a person can get a lot of information and know how to use them appropriately. There are different kinds of intelligence such as social, musical, athletic, mathematical, etc. Parents should guide kids to learn and acquire knowledge and use it wisely.

Self-esteem

“Self-esteem” is defined as a person feels good about oneself.

Self-esteem is a basic need. The need to feel good about oneself can motivate a child to many kinds of behavior. One of the challenges of parenthood is to help the child feel good about oneself while keep to learn. To teach kids to balance between expectations and acceptance of ability and performance. Kids who have high self-esteem approach tasks with the certainty that leads to succeed.

Self-confidence

“Self-confidence” is defined as a person has confidence in oneself or one’s own abilities.

A person with self-confidence believes that he or she can succeed. Parents can help kids to enhance their self-confidence in several ways. For example, setting appropriate goals, let kids experience feelings of success. Praising the kids and encouraging them to reinforce feelings of self-confidence.

Responsible

“Responsible” is defined as a person has the accountability for something being done.

We live in a society, we have responsibility. Parents should teach kids to become a responsible member of society. As kids grow up, they will learn to complete their homework on time, get to school on time, and clean up their room, these are their responsibilities. Teach kids that in order to take big responsibility they need knowledge and ability.