How to Raise Confident Multicultural Children – Read the whole book!

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The whole book is available for you to read for free! Just click on the chapter title that interests you to read that particular chapter.

The first chapters of this book were published in 2018 as part of a Kickstarter campaign and then the whole guidebook was published in January 2020. I made some small changes in the first chapter to reflect changes that have happened during these years.

If you’d like to read it in a paperback format, you can find it on all Amazon stores, BookDepository, and many more.

1. Inventing identities for our multicultural children by Elisavet Arkolaki
2. The debate over multiculturalism and what we can learn from the Canadian model by Elisavet Arkolaki
3. My identity crisis growing up in numerous cultures by Yui Mikuriya
4. Why urging our children to embrace different cultures and learn different languages matters by Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold
5. The 5 most common challenges a parent faces while raising a multicultural kid and how to address them by Vivian Chiona, Dr. Brigitte Vittrup, Elisavet Arkolaki
6. 5 mistakes parents make when trying to raise bilingual children by Rita Rosenback
7. Language delays in multilingual children: what are they and what to do about them by Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley-Keighran
8. Raising multilingual children with additional needs abroad by Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold
9. Confident moms raise confident kids – On finding your tribe abroad by Lisa Ferland
10. Media influences on children by Dr. Brigitte Vittrup
11. The impact of culture on the education of the young by Brian Vassallo
12. Promoting tolerance, practical tips – What we should do to enhance religious tolerance at home (parents) and at school (teachers) by Brian Vassallo
13. Crossing the Deep Cultural Divide by Tamara Yousry
14. The stories you should tell your multicultural kid every day by Elisavet Arkolaki

Extra recommended reading related to this work:
Dealing with racism – perspective of a white transracial adoptive parent by Beth Hall (PDF).
Not just “white parents” with kids of color” – The importance of racial identity work for parents by Dr. Gina Miranda Samuels (PDF).

PEaCH resources:
I (curator of this book and owner of this blog) am a proud ambassador of the Erasmus+ project PEaCH for bilingual families and I would love for you to check out all their resources, and more specifically the two free guidebooks for parents, and educators, and the many presentations and webinars on PEaCH’s YouTube channel. You will find “How to raise a bilingual child” and “How to support multilingual children” in a PDF format on their website here. Many of the contributors in the book “How to Raise Confident Multicultural Children” co-authored the two guidebooks for PEaCH.

Contributors in the guidebook “How to Raise Confident Multicultural Children”

The following people, successful professionals in their respective fields of expertise, are here to help us on our parenting journey by embracing the challenge that is raising multicultural children. 

Elisavet Arkolaki is the curator of this guide, owner of this blog, and author of several children’s books, including her successful bilingual book series for children, with books available in 50+ languages, including all EU official languages: “Cousins Forever”, “Happiness Street”, “Nelly’s Box”. Passionate about travel and inspired by global learning, she raises her own children in between countries, cultures, and languages. She writes to build cultural understanding and sensitivity in young children while they are still eager to learn. She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Global Marketing (MSc), the University of Athens with a degree in French Language and Literature (BA), and was awarded a certificate of proficiency in English from the University of Cambridge. 

            Facebook: Maltamum, Elisavet Arkolaki’s Behind The Book Club
Amazon Author profile listing all books:

My newsletter subscribers and Facebook group members can download free lesson plans and activities complementary to my books.

Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold is an independent Intercultural Language Consultant with a passion and love for languages. As a multilingual linguist, she works with families who speak multiple languages at home. She supports them in maintaining their heritage languages and cultures, and in finding a healthy balance with all the languages and cultures they collect during their international journey. With her personalized Family Language Plan©, they can design their own multilingual journey and define short and long-term language goals for the whole family. She is a life-long international and ATCK (Adult Third Culture Kid), and raises her own three children as multilingual and multicultural individuals, abroad too. She translates research into evidence-based, easy-to-apply tips for parents, families, and practitioners to use in everyday life. She holds workshops on raising multilingual children successfully and other topics related to international life. She has lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands and is fluent in Italian, German, French, English, Dutch, and Swiss-German.

Here’s a review of her parental courses for raising multilingual children.
Here’s an interview on my blog.

            Twitter: utesintlounge
            Youtube: Ute’s International Lounge
            Facebook page: UtesInternationalLounge
            Facebook group: Multilingual Families

Vivian Chiona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as Master’s degrees in both Child & Adolescent Psychology and Health Psychology, and a further specialization in Intercultural Psychology and online work – all of which led to Expat Nest. She is a bi-cultural, multilingual expat with family all over the world, and she is well familiar with the blessings of a mobile life but she is also well aware of its challenges. Vivian has successfully consulted with more than 1000 clients and has delivered training on a variety of topics, such as transition, Third Culture Kids (TCKs), coping with change, dealing with stress, bereavement, and expat loss, violence prevention, special educational needs and inclusion, and understanding diversity – to name but a few. 

            Facebook page: ExpatNest
            LinkedIn: Vivian Chiona 

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup is a professor of child development at Texas Woman’s University. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and her research focuses on parent socialization practices, children’s racial attitudes, and media influences on children. Brigitte was born and raised in Denmark and is currently living and raising her children in the USA. 

Website: Texas Woman’s University

Brian Vassallo is the Assistant Head of School at Mariam Albatool School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. He is a graduate in Psychology and in Inclusive Education from the University of Malta and a Master’s graduate in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester UK. He is the author of numerous research papers and his research interests include Multicultural Educational Leadership, Cultural and Disability Inclusion. 


Rita Rosenback is a Family Language Coach, speaker, and author. Her book “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” is an easy-to-read guide navigating readers across the “Seven Cs of Multilingual Parenting: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration”. She also works as an Intercultural Youth Trainer, she is on the board of Multicultural Kid Blogs, and has served for several years as the Vice President of FIGT – Families in Global Transition. Rita offers individual family language coaching, including tailor-made Family Language Plans. She was born a Finland-Swede, and after stays in Germany and in India, she now lives in the UK. She has two multilingual adult daughters and is currently helping to pass on Swedish to her grandsons.

Here’s an interview with Rita on the blog.

            Facebook page: Multilingual Parenting (frequent free live QA sessions on multilingualism)
            Facebook group: Multilingual Parenting  

Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley-Keighran is a speech & language therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children & their families. She is a lecturer in speech and language therapy at NUI Galway and she is passionate about supporting multilingual families to develop all of their child’s languages while still having fun! 

            Facebook page: Talk Nua

Beth Hall is an adoption educator who co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. Beth has written numerous articles and co-authored the book “Inside Transracial Adoption”. She is a well-known advocate for adopted children of color who regularly lectures and leads workshops on ethical, non-racist adoption practices. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award from the Adoption Initiative at St. John’s University. She is the white adoptive mother of a Latina daughter and an African American son (both now young adults) and grew up with an adopted sister. Her chapter was first published on Pact, An Adoption Alliance.


Tamara Yousry is an Anglo-Egyptian -and Third Culture Kid- who has lived in several countries including Kuwait, Egypt, England, Scotland, Norway, Singapore, and Australia. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Psychology from The American University in Cairo, and a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Communication from The University of Bedfordshire in the UK.

Facebook: tamara.yousry
            Instagram: ytamara1234

Lisa Ferland is raising bilingual children in Sweden after moving from the USA in 2012. She has academic training in public health epidemiology. Over 10 years of experience in project management, data analysis, and global public health capacity building, meant that she was already globally-minded, detail-oriented, and open to new challenges before she took the plunge and moved abroad with her husband. She is the editor of the “Knocked Up Abroad” anthologies and writer of the children’s book series “When the Clock Strikes”. 

            Facebook: knockedupabroad

Yui Mikuriya is a 17-year-old Japanese girl who now lives in Tokyo. Living across three countries, she has never felt accepted as part of a specific culture and has always struggled with her sense of identity. Despite the existence of the Third Culture Kids community, she felt there was something missing, and therefore decided to come up with a new inclusive ideology for multicultural kids and others, the Bridging Kids.

            Facebook: Yui Mikuriya

Quotes and advice from the following people have been used in the third and fifth chapters.  

Irene Bloemraad, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Sociology, and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Scholar with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Chontelle Bonfiglio is a certified ESL teacher, writer, and mother of two bilingual kids. She offers practical advice for parents seeking to raise bilingual or multilingual children; with inspiration, support, and strategies based on her experience as a parent, and as a teacher of a foreign language to children.

Marianna Pogosyan, Ph.D., is an intercultural consultant specializing in the psychology of cross-cultural transitions.  Intercultural consultant and author of Psychology Today’s Between Cultures.

Erin N. Winkler is an associate professor of Africology and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has also served on the advisory boards of Childhood and Adolescent Studies; Ethnic Studies; and Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latin Studies; and is affiliated faculty in Women’s Studies.

Reid Lyon, Ph.D., former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA.  

Annabelle Humanes, Ph.D., background lies in applied linguistics, bilingualism and second language acquisition.  She has a Ph.D. in Bilingual Language Acquisition. She wrote a 300-page thesis on children acquiring two languages (French and English) from birth. She looked in particular at the development of their vocabulary from the time they started talking to around their 3rd birthday.

TED talk titled Where is Home by writer Pico Iyer, who himself has three or four “origins”. He meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still. He contemplates the idea that home has more to do with a piece of your soul rather than soil.

TED talk titled Multiculturalism as a threat and multiculturalism as an asset by the Canadian Ph.D. student of Kurdish origin, Rébar Jaff. He talks about his life experiences as a child refugee who was then welcomed as a first-class citizen in Canada, and how this positive experience and sense of belonging propelled him forward toward a creative life journey.

Another inspirational TED talk that poses lots of questions, and challenges our perception of how and why things are in certain ways, is Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local by writer Taiye Selasi.

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