The Importance of Cultural Diversity As it Relates to Child Development

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Cultural background gives children an understanding of who they are from the very beginning. The many different cultural influences children react to at birth, such as religious beliefs and customs around food, language, art, and music, effect how they learn socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Each of these influences helps shape their identity as well as how they interact with others. For example, some babies are given only breast milk or formula when they’re born. Others are given Christian or secular literature at birth.

In America, at least, breast milk is the most commonly given to infants. Because of this, American infants are more likely to meet people who have the same beliefs and political views as they do. This is not always a bad thing. In fact, babies who are in environments with people who share similar cultural backgrounds tend to be more secure and well adjusted than those in environments where members of other cultures have more diverse cultural backgrounds. But it can lead to problems for children, especially if those people do not treat them with respect.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have parents who were born and raised in the same culture. Even if you grew up in the same region, state, or country, you may encounter subtle cultural differences that impact your childhood and even adulthood. It is these childhood experiences that will give you a deeper understanding of who you are, what you believe, and what you want out of life. Understanding your cultural background will help you understand the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Children who grow up in diverse cultures have different ways of thinking and perceiving the world. They also experience different ways of relating to others, resulting in behaviors that vary widely from one culture to another. This results in children displaying conflicting attitudes and thoughts about gender roles, love, power, and place in society.

Understanding the impact of cultural differences can help children gain self-confidence and improve their relationship with others. There are a number of activities that can be used to explore cultural differences. You could try observing different behaviors, trying to talk to different individuals, or asking them to tell you something about their own cultural background. All of these strategies will help children discover how different cultural backgrounds affect their thoughts and actions.


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Another important advantage of exploring a child’s past is that it will assist in enriching their future social development. Children who have a rich and fulfilling childhood experience are more likely to be able to handle their personal lives as adults. Children who grow up in a different cultural environment are less likely to be able to relate to others on an emotional level, relate to problems in their community, and develop healthy relationships with peers and other children. If a child develops positive relationships during his early childhood development, he is more likely to be well adjusted in school as an adult. Research shows that early childhood development helps predict adult behavior, such as substance abuse, violence, crime, sexual addiction, and depression. If a child is not properly evaluated and nurtured during this crucial developmental period, there is a good chance that he may have serious behavioral problems as an adult.

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