While eating at a restaurant, Rabia Ahmad overheard a young father giving a heartwarming explanation to his children about learning of other cultures.
“I’m at a (I’m Muslim) restaurant eating and there’s a dad sitting with his two girls,” Rabia shared in a post online. “I overhear their conversation. The girls are asking about everything and anything. I’m fascinated by their curiosity.”
“One of the girls looks at me and asks, “Daddy, why is she wearing that?”‘
The young father’s response to his daughter was heartwarming.
“Her dad responded with something that made my heart so warm. He said, “There are different religions and cultures and languages. We have to learn about them.”‘
“He then proceeded to share a personal experience of when he lived abroad and learned to speak Spanish.”
After hearing such a lovely way of teaching cultural diversity to his daughter, Rabia reflected on how teaching love and acceptance at an early age is so important for children.
“This reminded me of a Harvard research that I was reading about. “Children exposed to racism tend to accept and embrace it as young as age 3, and in just a matter of days.”‘
“This is how you teach love, acceptance, understanding and respect. It starts from an early age. Kids listen and imitate their parents’ views and behaviors. You are their role model.”‘
Hundreds of thousands of hearts online have appreciated the young father’s gentle teaching.
“A soft reminder for all of us. Teaching our kids about love, respect and moral values from an early age. We are their role models,” commented Aty U.
“Teach children to tolerate other people’s beliefs and cultures and the world will be peaceful,” wrote Fadhli A.
“I will never forget many years ago riding the bus and a mother and 3 year old son speaking in Chinese, kept looking at me and pointing. Then they moved seats and the lady sat right next to me and said, “Hello. My son is very curious and keeps asking me why you are dressed like that. I could give him some answer, but I thought instead we could use this opportunity to learn directly from you and make a new friend.” I decided on the spot, that’s the kind of mother I wanted to be,” shared Sumaya B.
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