Sharing History and Culture with Your Children

Older generations have been bemoaning the ignorance of the younger generations for, well, generations! It’s more of a perception than a fact though; older people forget how little they knew when they were young, and that most of their knowledge has been accumulated over many years. They will comment on how sad it is that teenagers don’t know bands from the Sixties and Seventies; but if they were to go back in time to their own youth, they would probably have been just as ignorant of the music of the Twenties and Thirties. Having said that, the more children are exposed to history and culture as they grow up, the broader their interests and understanding of the world will be.


Children are notoriously unimpressed at the idea of visiting museums, but in recent years these institutions have recognized the importance of being more engaging for kids and have been working hard at making the museum experience more fun and interactive. To get your kids enthusiastic about a trip to a museum, tell them they’re going to see some real dinosaur bones rather than telling them it’s a trip to the museum. Once they’ve had a taste of the excitement to be had, they’ll be eager to try more of the same. Kids are also, whether we like it or not, intrigued and amused by the more gruesome side of history, and delight in hearing the horrible facts about ages past. They will listen avidly to tales about rudimentary toilet facilities and learn far more about history in the process.


Music, television, art, books, movies; there’s so much to discover from centuries of output across the globe. It can be hard to know where to start, but try a few simple ideas at home to get the ball rolling. Playing a wide variety of different music to children before they reach an age where fashions become all important can instill a deep love for the varying genres that are available. Play them old rock bands, soul, jazz, reggae, musicals, chamber music, symphonies, anything and everything you can, and let them decide for themselves what they like. The same with books, read older stories or tales from other countries, and try novels from a variety of genres. Introduce them to Shakespeare by reading an abridged or simplified version of his plays, so they can identify with the story without struggling with the language. Watch old movies together sometimes, or classic TV shows that have stood the test of time.

Use every opportunity

Say you have booked an exotic vacation and are staying in the hoteles en Veracruz. Everyone’s looking forward to the amazing sunny beaches and the beautiful ocean, and to relaxing and playing. As part of your trip, explore some Mexican history by visiting the prehistoric city of El Tajin or the ancient Fort at San Juan de Ulua. Wherever you go in the world, there will be cultural and historical attractions that kids will find fascinating. So, whenever you take them anywhere, find places where they can learn and have fun at the same time.

Exposing your children to as much of the world around them as possible will be one of the best things you can do for them, enriching their lives and ensuring they will treasure the history and creativity of their ancestors.

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