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Introducing Your (and other) Cultures to your Children

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Hello and welcome to the Sheni & Teni Blog!

Here we will talk about all things African culture, parenting, play and wellbeing. We’d love for you to follow our journey and I think it’s fitting to start off this journey sharing a bit of the inspiration behind our debut products – Sheni & Teni’s African Cultural Puzzles. 

So…it’s 2018 and my first son is turning 3. I desperately want to find ways to bond with him and create opportunities to learn while playing. As a Nigerian mother in diaspora, I also want to find exciting ways to keep him connected to his culture. I want him to see the vibrant colours and the beauty of Yoruba culture. I want him to experience as much of it as possible through the toys and books he reads. But after searching high and low – I cannot find anything that would help me achieve this purpose.

I realise I also want him to learn about cultures other than his own. There is no reason to stop at just Yoruba culture. I want him to be well-rounded, knowledgeable about, and embracing of other cultures...celebrating the differences that sometimes threatens to separate us. And then I think…”Ok I can’t find anything that does this for me right now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t create it myself”…and that’s how this small business was birthed!! 💃🏾 💃🏾 💃🏾

So then…why is it important to introduce our (and other) cultures to our children? Why is it important to have a diverse bookshelf or play area?

 

1. Celebrating culture provides a frame of reference and context for the reason certain things are done a certain way.


 
2. Celebrating culture creates a sense of shared cultural identity, community and belonging.

    Group of women singing and beating a drum

     

    3. It opens up channels of creativity and expression of talent; be it dance, photography, music and much more.

      Black man in powerful dance pose

      4. It helps us embrace (not just tolerate) other cultures.

       

        5. It provides ethnic representation.

           

          See our Metro Feature here for even more on these 5 reasons.

          Hope you've enjoyed our debut post. Have a question or a comment? Please share - we'd love to hear from you 😊

          Toodles 💜 x

           


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