During our lifetime, we learn that there are several things that are acceptable and some that are not acceptable to say to someone. There is an unspoken rules that are taught from a young age how to behave and how to voice our opinions in various surroundings. The goal of this is to ensure we create a harmonious society and to be tolerant of others.
According to the census by BPS in 2010, Indonesia itself has more than 1.340 ethnic group scattered around all the islands, therefore the importance of tolerance is more critical than ever. We live in a world where people are coming from various backgrounds and the effect of globalisation is more apparent. If you want your kids to be a part of the global society. They will need to learn how to be tolerant of others who speak in different languages, follow different customs, and have their own religions. In order to be a respective adult in the future, it is crucial that kids learn acceptance from an early age. Areeba Hasan, a graduate of Rutgers University claims that tolerance can help your kids to be more successful and have a greater economic advantage in their adult life.
How to teach tolerance to kids?
We all know that kids will always try to mimic their parents. If you want to focus on the importance of tolerance to your kids, you can show them how you behave around people with different skin colors or people that speak different languages. It’s also a good idea to introduce your kids to a friend that has a very different heritage background.
Sometimes, it’s enough for your kids to simply learn about the beliefs, holidays, and customs of other person to foster tolerance in a home. The lack of education will usually results in stereotyping groups of individuals, and will deny the qualities that made the unique in the first place. That’s why, when a child already learned about how varying cultures, foods, people, and faiths could be, it will be easier for them to accept others when they are older.
However, if you want to teach tolerance to your kids, you should also note what you say around the kids. This is because kids tend to pick up negative phrases faster than a positive one. If they caught you talking with a negative phrases, kids will think that it’s okay to repeat those words because you used it near them.
Another important point to note is that parents should also teach their kids about self-respect. Sometimes, a child that lacks self-esteem will treat their peers badly, all because they don’t feel confident about themselves. After all, in order to respect others, it would be better if your kids could respect themselves first.
It’s important for your kids to be tolerant
According to a child advocate, Dr. Michele Borba, the importance of tolerance lies in how tolerance will lead to acceptance and understanding. However, the opposite also applies. Intolerance will bring many negative issues such as the rise of bullying in kids below 19 years of age.
Dr. Borba also explained that one of the many reasons kids would bully others is when they see someone who is too thin, overweight, speak in a different language, or has a different skin color. In short, those kids will tend to bully those different to them. If your kids have not been taught to accept other people for their unique traits, your kids will think they are different from the norm that they know.
It’s very important for kids to be taught that they cannot dictate what is normal in society. After all, everyone including themselves is unique and distinctive in one way or another. And that is also why the world is beautiful.
Teaching the importance of tolerance will be one of the biggest gifts that parents could give to their child. With tolerance, your kids will be ready to meet different people with different languages, different cultures, and different beliefs. If your kids are tolerant, the opportunity for them to thrive in the modern world of globalization will be much more secured.