Multicultural families - the best of all worlds!?!

@mummymo (23707)
March 13, 2007 9:37am CST
Do you have a multicultural family? Are your children bilingual? Do you incorporate different traditions into one family? I would love to hear your experiences and thoughts on this cos I believe if the world followed the example of some multicultural families using compromise and acceptance we would all be happier and calmer! Please share
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Ok Mummymo, I think you got another on me but not sure! Yes as you know we have ever color under the sun in our family and we have lots of things that we celebrate that come from other cultures. I don't think we have ever had problems putting up with each other's believes,habits etc.We tend to think of our differences as a way to become richer.Each person that enters our lives brings in new breath....that keeps us alive and full. R
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@mummymo (23707)
13 Mar 07
lol yep sweetie - its from when our game of tig got interrupted the other day!!!Really love the way your family works and that saying about knew breath but then you already knew that! hugs
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@weemam (13377)
14 Mar 07
raydene that is just so lovely , I salute you my friend xx
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
14 Mar 07
Thanks hon
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@weemam (13377)
13 Mar 07
No I don't but we see this at the church a lot , people should watch what heir children do, children just get on with making friends , they accept people being different , I don't think they notice it at all , This would be a far nicer world if there were more people who accepted others without any questions xx
@mummymo (23707)
13 Mar 07
Amen weemam xxx
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
12 Jun 07
Well, my kids are technically bilingual because they speak English as their first language and have studued Irish since they were four and use it every day in school. They seem to be better at the written irish though, because when we go to the Gaeltacht they never seem able to decipher much other than what is written down. My dad is of Belgina ancestry and we spend time there, so we have some Belgian traditions like St Nick's Day that we enjoy, plus we have family in the Unbited States, so we get to enjoy some of those tradiotions as well. We get to do the 4th of July celbration this year which should be good fun! The world is a big place. I think we should all get out there and have a good root around, and we would understand each other better!
@mummymo (23707)
12 Jun 07
I think it is brilliant that they can learn Irish! My friends 2 boys are in Gaelic School and I think this is wonderful but there is only one primary and one secondary school in our whole area that have Gaelic units! I think it is great that you take bits of every culture you are connected to and celebrate it. I also believe we could learn from each other if we only gave it a chance! xxx
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@mummymo (23707)
13 Jun 07
It is fantastic that they are trying to bring Irish back to life! Do you speak it at all? Talk about forcing the issue - they honestly don't let you in unless you understand in Irish? My partner would pretend he didn't understand just to avoid it , he hates going to the school! lol xxx
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• Ireland
14 Jun 07
I have some but not a whole lot. How my husband remembers any of it is beyond me, because it was never spoken in the home and he doesn't remember any of his French. When you knock on the door they say, Tar isteach which sounds like TARA'S JOCK. If they don't say it loud enough, and you don't hear it, you can be stading out there all day :-)
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@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
11 Jun 07
Hello,mummymo,i am from a multicultural family but I am monolingual,i can speak english only.I may have learned different cultures though.I agree with you,multicultural families may have a happier family,my parents have learned the cultures of each others from time to time,they understand the difference but they respect to each other,may be that is the reason why i am also an opened mind person,i can accept to different things.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 Jun 07
That is nice that your parents have taken the time and trouble to get to know each others cultures and respect each other! I think there may be a link between that and your openmindedness but then again I think you would have been that way anyway honey cos you don't seem to judge anyone - every time I see you you are sweet! xxxx
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
13 Mar 07
Yes I do have a multicultural family. some of my children understand their second language, it is a bit hard to understand the language though but I understand the majority of the language, and can also write in some of the language as well. Yes we do incorporate the different traditions into our family and I think that a lot of my husbands traditions are a lot better than in my own country. The family is much more closer and they have a lot of respect the children for their parents and do not talk back to the parents. They all help one another and I think that this is wonderful.
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@mummymo (23707)
14 Mar 07
I think this is wonderful too Kathy! Congratulations on your lovely family!
• United States
13 Mar 07
When my daughter was small we spoke English for me and German for her father so we were all bilingual, Catholic and Protestant. We melded them all together to make a happy family.
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@mummymo (23707)
14 Mar 07
Amen Whiteheather! Thanks for sharing that's judt the way it should be! My exhusband and I have always agreed that church and chapel are just the same - they just have different services - it is still the same God!
@wenfri (1188)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
Not sure what you consider multicultural but will try I am Canadian My background is English(Me gram was born in England) and Scottich (Guess the McMillan would give that away LOL) I met and married a German (born in Germany) I guess that is multi cultural Not sure though As traditions we have incorporated a few into our family. For eg They a specific meal they eat on Christmas eve (which I do) and open gifts on Christmas eve too (which we do) Made it and still makes it easier for others in our family to visit the other parents Christma day. They also put Candles on the Christmas tree Which we do Looks ever sooo much prettier than lights. On Good Friday they don't eat meat Fish is served instead No problem there I love fish LOL That is about it for traditions One of our sons speak German fleuntly the other 2 do not. Cept the bad words LOL I speak it as well Can't read nor write it Though I am still trying to learn Both families were against this marriage Yet we have been married for 33 years this year. Wohoooooooo Wendy
@mummymo (23707)
13 Mar 07
Congratulations Wendy - great to see your prove your doubters wrong!!! of course that is a multicultural family! I am scottish and though the uk is one nation there are quite a few cultural differences between us and the english! It sounds like you incorporate different traditions well and everything has worked out so well for you! good Luck x
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
13 Mar 07
My family is multicultural. I am Canadian, my husband is Guatemalan and we live in Guatemala. My son speaks and understands both English and Spanish. As for traditions, I am trying to incorporate mine into our lives. For Christmas, they celebrate the 24th, while I celebrate the 25th. This is going to be wonderful for the children because they get 2 Christmases! On the 24th, we let my son open his gifts from his Guatemalan relatives and he will celebrate with them, the traditional tamales at midnight, etc. Then, the next morning, we eat butterhorns and he gets a stocking and presents from us and his Canadian relatives. We also have a big Christmas dinner as is the tradition. Birthdays are not yet sorted out. I want to make my own birthday cakes like we do back home, but here it is thought to be odd, plus my cakes are very different from the ones they eat here. I tried for his first birthday and the cake was a miserable failure!
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@mummymo (23707)
13 Mar 07
Thanks Guatemom for sharing your experiences - your son certainly does seem to be getting the most from both his parents backgrounds! Sorry about the firstcake but if its something you want to do you should just keep trying sweety - at least you'll know you did your best! Good luckx
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
11 Jun 07
Hello,mummymo,i am from a multicultural family but I am monolingual,i can speak english only.I may have learned different cultures though.I agree with you,multicultural families may have a happier family,my parents have learned the cultures of each others from time to time,they understand the difference but they respect to each other,may be that is the reason why i am also an opened mind person,i can accept to different things.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
11 Jun 07
Hello,mummymo,i am from a multicultural family but I am monolingual,i can speak english only.I may have learned different cultures though.I agree with you,multicultural families may have a happier family,my parents have learned the cultures of each others from time to time,they understand the difference but they respect to each other,may be that is the reason why i am also an opened mind person,i can accept to different things.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
11 Jun 07
Hello,mummymo,i am from a multicultural family but I am monolingual,i can speak english only.I may have learned different cultures though.I agree with you,multicultural families may have a happier family,my parents have learned the cultures of each others from time to time,they understand the difference but they respect to each other,may be that is the reason why i am also an opened mind person,i can accept to different things.