This is the second installment in this blog series. It's based on an article by Terry Cross and colleagues written in 1989 about cultural competence. In the article, the authors talk about cultural competence in relation to organizations and systems. In this blog series, we're attempting to pare it down to the individual and include tips on how to develop these skills in your home with your kids.
This post is about the second element, having the capacity for cultural self-assessment. This is exactly what it sounds like; how well someone can look inside themselves and acknowledge their own level of cultural competence. This is such an important skill for kids to develop and parents can do a lot to help it grow. Here are some quick tips on how to help your kid examine themselves as cultural beings:
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