The giveaway is now closed. Please see the bottom of the post for winners!
We launched The Adventurous Mailbox because we think it is awfully important for kids to not only learn about other cultures, but also to develop an international perspective as they grow up. The ability to understand the way other peoples think and live their lives may not be assessed on standardized tests, but it is vitally important for every kid’s future.
1. It Prepares Them for the Future
For starters, the most obvious reason cultural education is important is that as countries of the world become more and more connected, chances are that the kids of today will need to work or cooperate with people from other cultures. There are little nuggets to learn about cultures from all over the world that will make collaboration and communication more fluid and more successful.
If kids can develop the ability to learn about and truly understand other cultures, as well as to see things from entirely different perspectives, they will have a major leg up in the future with much more opportunity available to them. Kids who are raised to study only their own culture and believe other cultures should adapt to their own way of thinking will be left behind in future work and social spheres, just as some adults are learning firsthand in today’s world. Moreover, the very skill of being able to appreciate another person’s perspective will help them form closer friendships and relationships as they grow up.
2. It Allows for Personal Growth
The amount of personal growth that comes from exploring other cultures also makes the endeavor time well spent. We all want our kids to grow up into fulfilled adults, but we also know that, as an adult, happiness and contentment aren’t always easily attained. Even if we “succeed” by having a healthy family and a stable job, so many of us fall into ruts. We get into ruts at work, and we get into cultural ruts at home where the only new inspiration comes from Netflix.
How, then, do we get a kid on a path that leads to more fulfillment? Well, if a child learns to study and appreciate other cultures or even picks up another language, more prospects and ideas will be available that make life richer. They will have traditions and practices from all over the world in their arsenal to deal with problems, stress, and boredom, or even in pursuing greater happiness.
Just learning about other cultures opens up a world of options and choices that would have otherwise been undiscovered, and over the course of adulthood options would be continuously revealed. As Marcel Proust advised, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” One great way to “see with new eyes” is to learn about how other folks live their lives.
Studying other cultures also helps kids who may feel out of place in their own. Whether they don’t fit in to their small town, urban environment, suburbia, or even the country as a whole, learning about other countries and cultures can give them inspiration to push on and not be limited by the surroundings that don’t suit them. It can serve as a “window out” and ease the massive pressure kids feel to conform.
3. It Helps Them Learn About Their Own Culture
Finally, another great benefit from studying other cultures is the insight you gain into your own. As you learn about other cultures and even grow to understand and respect them, at the same time you may think, “Thank goodness my culture is not like that.” That is entirely okay to think because this process of negation reveals your own culture. This process is especially important for people living in countries that are relatively new and very diverse, which make defining our cultures more difficult. The more difference you come into contact with, the more you understand about yourself.
Along these lines, our books and online content were written to not just give kids basic facts about other countries, but to really give them a peek into how other people think and live their lives. Of course there is a great deal of humor and intrigue in the mix, but our hope is that after kids put the books down, they will walk away with an eye pointed to foreign shores and ears ready to practice a new language or two. Once kids are opened up to the cultures of the world, a more fulfilling, rich and adventurous life awaits!
Adventurous Mailbox Giveaway!
The giveaway is now closed. The randomly selected winners are…
Explorer Package – Beth F.
E-Explorer Package – Gayle D.
Congratulations!! If you are a winner, you will be contacted by email. Thanks to everyone who entered and don’t forget to take advantage of the 20% off coupon being offered by Adventurous Mailbox. Use code MOTHERING at check out on their site!
To celebrate the release of our digital packages, as well as to introduce our other products to you, we are offering a special giveaway to Mothering readers.
One lucky child will get our Explorer Package ($99 value), which includes eight books sent in a very cool package from abroad. Kids will also find a secret password to use to join our “top secret” online community of young world explorers. Here, they can learn more about the world, win prizes, chat with other kids and our characters, as well as follow our characters’ blogs. More, this package also gives grownups access to our Teacher’s Lounge, where 100s of fun and intriguing lessons await to be explored with your child.
Editor’s Note: You might like to read the Mothering review of this great educational package here!
Another lucky winner will receive our E-Explorer Package. Kids will receive a parcel from abroad containing instructions (and a “top secret” password) to join our online community and download all of our e-books (in a choice of formats). Lifetime access is also given to the Teacher’s Lounge.
If you don’t win, we are also offering Mothering readers a special discount of 20% off any purchase from The Adventurous Mailbox, using the coupon code MOTHERING at check out. The coupon will be good through December, just in case you know a child who would love some adventure this holiday season.
First Entry: To enter to win simply consider “liking” the Adventurous Mailbox on Facebook and then post a comment on this article below.
Second Entry: For a second entry share this giveaway with friends on social media and then post a second comment.
Rules: Last day to enter is Sept 30th, 2016 (by 11:59 pm PT). Two winners (one for the Explorer Package and one for the E-Explorer Package) will be selected randomly from all eligible comments on Oct 1st. Two entries per person only, those with more than two comments may be disqualified. Limited to US and Canadian residents, except where prohibited.
Let the adventure begin!