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April 28, 2020

A Global Mom’s Manifesto

I don’t know about you, but for me, some days are easier than others to pursue my purpose. I’ve had experiences that have made me question it all. You know, those moments when you wonder if one person can make a dent of difference. For those days, when the waters are muddy, and I can’t see as clearly, it helps to have a list to reference: A manifesto that serves as my marching orders.

But why a global mom’s manifesto?

I’m passionate about raising global kids because I believe it will make this a better worldly community for everyone. From my experience, the most crucial piece to the puzzle of raising global citizens is to see yourself as a global mom.

I’d love to think being kind and sharing love is enough to make this world a better place, and that’s all we need to model for our children. However, the reality that presents itself says we have a bit more work to do than that. I’ve asked myself some pretty tough questions to help me get clear with what it means for me to be a global mom. From that, I created this:

A Global Mom’s Manifesto:

  • Value and foster diverse communities
  • Seek traditional and untraditional education and sources of information
  • Acknowledge your own biases and prejudices
  • Recognize that you don’t know what it’s like to be from another social group
  • Join forces with globally-minded people to continue to grow
  • Respectfully and lawfully question social norms
  • Have a strong voice
  • Trust and act on what you know is right
  • Celebrate diversity and cultural differences
  • Have mutual respect for all, even outside of hierarchical order
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion are more than just buzz words.

As a global mom, I recognize that I must model being a world citizen to my children, but it extends beyond that, too. I should exemplify these values and beliefs to everyone – all the time. That by no means says I have all the answers – quite the opposite. What it does mean, however, is that I try to see the best in myself and the best in you.

What do you think of the idea of being a global mom? Do you have a written statement that’s important to you?

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