These videos and articles focus on things that fuel my energy- global experiences, loved ones, and life learnings.
The countdown that is all over the news is now here- the big date November 3rd. For me, it is all summed up in one simple word- "belonging." I aspire for my children to have inclusivity in their DNA, to feel that they belong and welcome diversity. Now, I know that will never be 100% for everyone at all times, that’s just the world we live in. But, we should aim to cultivate that environment for all those around us.
Similar to the recent videos related to name pronunciation, my name has been mispronounced my whole life. I know it is different outside of “mainstream names” that I used to see on key chains growing up but does that mean people shouldn’t try to say it? Please watch the insights from Shyla.
My name is Lakshmi- properly pronounced “Luck-shme”. As an elementary school child new to the US, I used to cringe when a substitute teacher came into the classroom. Does anyone else know that feeling? They would...
This week- I wanted to discuss something that is extremely important in your life always- YOUR voice. Sometimes in life we have been silenced and/or unheard… But guess what? Every day is a chance to make a change. This is a time to use that voice… And that voice is extremely powerful! You might be wondering what voice that is… And that is YOUR VOTE!
We are living in a time where our future generation deserves to feel they belong. They deserve to love themselves and love their neighbor. They deserve to have leaders that appreciate diversity and global learning. While my intention is not to polarize anyone and cause disagreement with our views… This election feels a lot more personal than ever. As I said- YOUR VOICE MATTERS.. Please vote. And if you cannot vote- please encourage others to vote.
Lakshmi’s Learnings- After that PSA, here is a video of my five year old daughter Shyla on her assessment of the election. This assessment...
Question: Amma (Tamil world for mom)- what is the rainbow flag for?
Lakshmi’s Learning: And so I explained what the rainbow flag represents. The video is her understanding. Even a sprinkle of knowledge can make a world of a difference.
Parents should do what they feel is right and some think kids are too young for certain things. That’s totally fine. However- I am learning that a child’s curious mind is an absolute gift and I prefer to discuss some things early on. I have talked to my girls about diversity and how it comes in all shapes and forms. I want them to know that there are all different kinds of relationships not just the one she sees in her parents. This has enabled my children to be proud of who they are and in turn love to learn about and appreciate others.
This message is to embrace diversity and culture through global learning experiences. As Shyla said “We are connected around the world!”
Question- With global travel at a pause now, how can my kids become global citizens?
Lakshmi’s Learning- There many ways to teach diversity to the next generation about the world and it does not solely come from school. It actually starts with us parents! Please note this is one example. Even if it is just a sprinkle of knowledge- it’s a start and can be done at home! Let’s leverage our community and Google to learn!!
What I did- April was a holy month across some of the world’s major religions. My girls already know a lot about our Hindu faith. I want them to continue to be confident and proud of who the are. To achieve that- it’s important for them understand the bigger picture around them. So I leveraged the opportunity to ensure they understand the holidays that came in...