Sunday, January 25, 2009

Raising Global Children (Plus, a Little Travelers DVD Giveaway!)



I’ve always been fascinated by different countries and cultures. When I was 16, I had the pleasure of staying with a Japanese family for six weeks in Osaka. It was a wonderful experience during which I rode the bullet train, tried octopus and squid, visited many temples, attended festivals, and got fitted for a kimono. I made memories that will last a lifetime! The following summer, I went with my high school French class to England and France. We saw the sights of London and Paris. I had so much fun!

My oldest son graduated from an International Baccalaureate high school program last May, and my second oldest son is a sophomore in the same program. It’s always so heart-warming to see them interacting with teens from many different backgrounds. There are kids from China, India, Russia, Finland, and many other countries. Students are required to study a language they don’t speak at home, and they often share their customs and native foods with each other.

The world is getting smaller and smaller as communication and transportation methods improve. I truly believe that children should be exposed to various cultures and traditions as early as possible. This helps to foster acceptance of cultural differences and discourage racism and prejudice. Of course, many of us can’t afford to take our kids to different countries, but we can teach them about other cultures at school and at home.

There’s a fabulous DVD series called The Little Travelers that is perfect for younger children (although older kids and adults will love it, too). The hosts of the show, preschool-aged sisters Chantelle and Nakia, travel to various countries and share their adventures. I recently viewed The Little Travelers: Japan with my five-year-old twin boys, and they were mesmerized by it! Chantelle and Nakia went to many of the cultural hotspots, like temples and gardens, but what I really liked was seeing how people actually live in Japan. The sisters spent their three-month stay in a typical Japanese home, where shoes are always removed and everyone sleeps on the floor! They showed the small appliances, like refrigerators and washing machines (no dryers), that are typical in Japanese homes. They visited the grocery store, preschool, and neighbors’ houses. Even though I had been to Japan before, I loved rediscovering daily life in Japan and seeing it through my children’s eyes.

You and your kids can learn more about the adventures of Chantelle and Nakia at www.thelittletravelers.com. They sell DVDs of their trips to Japan, Bali and the British Isles, and even sell dress-up sets for your children to pretend they’re living in different countries! There’s also a kids’ blog and a mom’s blog, where they share more about their travels and their quest to learn about other cultures through cooking exotic meals and more. I was amazed at the kinds of foods that Chantelle and Nakia were willing to eat in Japan!

You can win a Little Travelers DVD for your family! To enter, go to http://www.thelittletravelers.com/dvd.htm and view the trailers for each show. Come back here and tell me in a comment which one you liked the most. For optional additional entries:

2) Put a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog. Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

3) Tweet this giveaway on Twitter or post it on your blog. Leave a comment with your Twitter name or a link to the post.

4) Subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS or as a Follower on Blogger. Leave a comment with your subscription method.

The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, February 6, 2009. Thank you, Chantelle and Nakia, for teaching us about the world!

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Stephen, who selected The Little Travelers: Japan!



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73 comments:

  1. twittered by
    lisagee123

    little travelers dvd http://tinyurl.com/dnxe33 less than 5 seconds ago from web

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  2. The little travelers Japan would be my pick.

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  3. I would try the British Isles DVD. jelly15301@gmail.com

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  4. I subscribed thru e-mail.jelly15301@gmail.com

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  5. Little travelers Japan looks to be pretty cool. When Daddy was in the service, he snapped a photo a photo of a Japanese Santa while in Japan. :)

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  6. I liked the Little Traveler's Japan.

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  7. I loved the Japan one. We are thinking of taking our daughter there next year.

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  8. british isles looks so different and would love

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  9. British Isles! We are planning a trip for next year, so this will be great ! Thanks!

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  10. My favorite is The Little Travelers
    The British Isles. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I added your button, http://giveawayzgalore.blogspot.com/

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  12. I tweeted, http://twitter.com/helenabatt/status/1149673152

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  13. good idea for entertaining the kids

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  14. I would pick British Isles; mainly because that is where my family is from!

    Thanks


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  15. I'm subscribed via email!




    Thanks


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  16. I love the British Isles DVD because they seem to have captured so many of the things I can't wait to show my little girl. The impressive huge stone castles, the history, the high tea....

    Leslie

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  17. I subscribed to your RSS feed, too.

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  18. I have seen the Japan video before, so I think what intrigues me the most are the "troubles" the girls encounter while in Bali, and a closer look at their dancing costumes... Such a great series - I can't wait to see more!

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  19. love to teach my grandson about japan

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  20. The British Isles would be nice to see

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  21. I would love to win the British Isles.

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  22. I subscribe with Google Reader.

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  23. I would love to see japan

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  24. Im an email subscriber

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  25. I like the The Little Travelers
    The British Isles. THank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  26. I'd love to show my kids the Japan DVD!

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  27. I lived in Japan for 10 year and yet/so I want to have the The Little Travelers Japan DVD! :-)

    sandierpastures at gmail dot com

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  28. I'd pick Little Trvelr's Great Isles!
    Thanks!!!

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  29. Love the little travelers dvd :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win. I would pick the Japan DVD.

    ~Carrie

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  31. I just ordered the Japan DVD but would also love the Bali one! It was hard to choose but since I spent 3 years in Japan I thought it would be great to show my kids Japan from a kids viewpiont.

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway! Teaching our kids about the world and people near and far is one of the best gifts we can give them!

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  32. I'd love the Bali dvd!

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  33. We own the Japan and British Isles dvds so we would love to add the Bali one to our collection!

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  34. The British Isles for my family please.

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  35. I would chose the British Isles.

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  36. Anonymous9:30 PM

    Japan
    elyaklang@hotmail.com

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  37. I would like the Little Travelers Bali
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  38. I'm a subscriber via e-mail
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  39. I would like the Japan one.

    legab67156[at]gmail.com

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  40. Valerie4:01 AM

    I like the Japan one - how different yet similar to our way of life.

    valerie_morgan@hotmail.com

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  41. cdrury@gmail.com
    British Isles as my dad was born in Scotland

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  42. Kristi7:10 PM

    We have Japan and Bali and love them! We're interested in the British Isles DVD--it would complete our collection.
    tgikristi@yahoo.com

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  43. My favorite is Japan. the kids would love to watch this!

    Thanks so much!

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  44. I subscribed via email!

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  45. I reallly like the little travelers - Japan. Thanks for the chance to win. ecghick@Yahoo.com

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  46. I liked the Little Traveler's Japan. Thanks for the chance to win.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  47. By far, the Little Travelers Japan would be our pick!

    Thanks for the chance,
    Megret
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. I like the British Isles the best! thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  49. I just became a follower! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  50. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Japan!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  51. I would like Japan the most!

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  52. I'm subscribed to your RSS feed.

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  53. The little travelers british isles is my favorite,I like to learn about that and have always wanted to go. Thanks,Godesseablu@msn.com

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  54. The British Isles would be nice to see and share with my children.

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  55. The British Isles DVD sounds interesting.

    My daughter received an IB diploma in Florida and she had to work very hard to earn it, but it prepared her very well for college, grad school and now a very nice job.

    AztecFeller@aol.com

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  56. Melanie5:25 PM

    The Little Travelers: The British Isles would be my pick.

    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  57. I love the Japan DVD. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  58. Pat Martorella9:56 PM

    British Isles would be Best and ty. ffbbcourtney(at)hotmail.com

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  59. Definitely would be Japan!

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  60. My favorite is Little travelers Japan.

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  61. The little travelers Japan would be my pick.

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  62. I subscribe!

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  63. I liked The Little Travelers The British Isles trailer the most.

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  64. I subscribed via email.

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  65. British Isles because I love their accents

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  66. i blogged you at http://kristinakayspage.blogspot.com/2009/02/feb.html

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  67. i put your button up http://kristinakayspage.blogspot.com/

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