There’s so much to learn from older generations. Important life lessons, inspiring family history, fun and meaningful traditions, and cultural appreciation are all things that can (and should) be passed down through generations.
In this episode, Miranda is joined by fellow author, Michelle Weinfeld, who wrote an intergenerational memoir interweaving her experiences with antisemitism with the story of her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor.
She shares some of the most valuable generational lessons she learned from her grandfather, including the value of being able to move forward from trauma and not let it define you. You will also hear about key experiences in her life that shaped her cultural appreciation and her relationship with her own religion and culture.
Michelle discusses how kids deal with being different or what causes them to act out when seeing someone who is different or doing something they don’t understand. She shares insight into how we can cultivate kindness and better equip children to be appreciative of cultural differences.
She also gives us ideas of how to pass down cultural appreciation and valuable generational lessons through intentionally making time for family meals, traditions, outings, and more. You are bound to be inspired by her grandfather’s story of resilience and her own thoughtful take on self-acceptance.
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- “While it can be hard to be proud of where you come from, if you get exposure and understanding out to children, they’re very receptive. Their first instinct isn’t necessarily to be mean, it’s more that they don’t understand why you’re doing something.” – Michelle Weinfeld
- “My grandfather was teaching me, maybe not intentionally, but he was teaching me important life lessons that I still carry to this day.” – Michelle Weinfeld
- “Everyone deals with negativity and difficulty in their life, but being able to move forward from that, to be able to rebuild and continue. Maybe you reflect back on them but not allowing them to define the rest of your life is the best lesson he ever taught me.” – Michelle Weinfeld
- Have regular family meals where you take time to tell stories.
- Embrace and continue family and cultural traditions.
- Take your kids to try different cultural foods, restaurants, bakeries, and events.
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