February

February

                                                                                                                                                   
This month we share information and resources focusing on being a cultural competent family and sharing the traditions that we celebrate as a family. Traditions are tangible reminders of our family, of our community, and where we belong. Traditions and rituals can be connected to a holiday, an observance, or an event. Celebrate the days ahead - maybe you will want to try something new or just take time to recognize and cherish the traditions you already practice.

Our daily posts this month hopefully will enhance your understanding and offer ways to have some hearty conversations with your kids! When thinking about cultural competence we need to consider our own cultural worldview, our attitudes toward cultural differences, our knowledge of different cultural practices and world views, our “cross-cultural” skills. It is our ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.

Though February is often considered the last month of winter and is the shortest month of the year, it can be a tough one to endure. This is a great time to think about the traditions you share and celebrate as a family.
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 TODAY'S TOPIC:  Is it over yet? Ground Hog Day may be a great day to do something fun as a family ~ learn about the history dating back to 1886.
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Feb 2: Is it over yet? Ground Hog Day may be a great day to do something fun as a family ~ learn about the history dating back to 1886.
 
Feb 3: February is African American History Month.  A time of remembrance of important people and events in African American history.
 
Feb 4: Talking to your kids about traditions is a great way for your family to think about your own traditions and celebrations!
 
Feb 5: As parent’s we have an enormous role and responsibility guiding and shaping our children’s cultural competence. This article may assist you in the process.
 
Feb 6: Explaining what a ritual is to your kids can help you all think about the ways you celebrate and acknowledge important events, holidays and happenings. 
 
 
 
Feb 9: Help your kids understand why traditions and rituals are so important for us as individuals and as part of a family.
 
Feb 10: February is African American History Month and presents a great opportunity to expand your horizons by celebrating and honoring cultural holidays and months of remembrance. Learn more about African American History Month through videos.
Feb.11: Embrace the opportunity to talk with your children about our world and the importance of understanding and appreciating differences and living and working together.
 
Feb 12: What we say and what we do can lay the ground work for how our kids think and respect others. Take advantage of resources available online and through social media to teach children about diversity.
 
Feb 13: Encouraging conversations and welcoming questions from our kids allows us the opportunity to really look at ourselves and how we feel and think. Once kids are grade school ages, we can teach and learn from each other as a family about race and cultural diversity.