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In Hinduism, the cow is sacred because it is a symbol of the earth. The cow provides an abundance of nourishment. The cow gives milk without asking for anything in return. The cow represents life and sustaining life.
Some Asian Indians wear a dot or bindi on their forehead. When dressing up, it is similar to wearing jewelry or accessories. It is a way to decorate the forehead and it comes in many colors and shapes.
In Hinduism, the bindi or dot is placed between the eyebrows to signify the “third eye.” The third eye represents wisdom and concentration. Many individuals who meditate focus their sight on the area between the eyebrows to help them concentrate. In addition, wearing the bindi reminds individuals that having a strong mind can help you make the right decisions in life.
The color of the bindi also has different meanings associated with it. Traditionally, women wore red bindis to represent honor, love and wealth.
Multicultural competence is the ability to understanding, effectively interact, and communicate with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Children need to acknowledge that how they perceive the world may be different from how others’ perceive the world. This is based on their “lens” or how they are positioned in society (e.g.,race, ethnicity, culture, gender, or sexuality.)
In order to develop tolerance and respect this difference, children need to have knowledge about the diversity that exists. Hybrid parenting is the idea that parents are consciously raising children in a multicultural world. Through hybrid parenting, parents are naturally fostering multicultural competence and tolerance in their children.
- Hybrid Parents value diversity. They consciously educate themselves about diverse cultures. They are aware that parents can’t teach what they don’t know. They want to answer their children’s questions about diversity with honesty and accuracy.
- Hybrid Parents model an attitude of respect for diverse cultures. They know that their children are always listening to them. They treat individuals and groups of people that are different from them with respect. They also do not stereotype or make negative comments about difference to others.
- Hybrid Parents are aware of the diversity that is around them. Parents provide children with the knowledge or resources that help children understand, appreciate, and embrace the diversity that is around them.
- Hybrid Parents are also aware of the diversity that is not around them. They constantly seek to expose children to the diversity around the world (e.g., race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, or sexuality) that is beyond their immediate world.
- Hybrid Parents seek out knowledge or resources to help them educate their children about diverse cultures. They pick out books, music, art and videos that allow for their children to make meaningful connections.
- Hybrid Parents embrace difference by celebrating differences. Parents create unique experiences for their children by participating in diverse cultural celebrations. They do this by joining community events or by having a special day at home (e.g., reading books, making an ethnic meal, arts and craft projects) to acknowledge the occasion. These experiences leave a lasting impression in the minds of their children and become part of a new family tradition.
Through hybrid parenting, parents raise children to acknowledge, appreciate, and embrace diverse cultures. Children are not just living in a diverse world, but in a multicultural world that allows for them to gain tolerance and respect for others. Hybrid parents raise children can effectively communicate and interact with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.