12 episodes

“The Big Blend” is a podcast about merging cultures, identity and transmission. 
Here, you’ll listen to heart-to-heart testimonies and useful tips from parents, kids and experts that explore neo-cultures, the sense of home and the feeling of belonging. All with the purpose of raising wonderful multicultural people. And more importantly: open-minded, curious and tolerant people.
It takes courage to pass down more than one culture, so it’s important to know that we are not alone. 
We talk about growing up at the intersection of cultures, teaching several languages to your kids, selecting the traditions and norms to pass down and shaping new blended cultures.
The parents' stories are the ones with the blue thumbnail, the expert's stories are the ones with the pink thumbnail, and the life stories are the ones with a purple thumbnail.
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The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
The Big Blend’s instagram page: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link 
Brand design by Emilien Lubienski (@cheesychoc)

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The Big Blend Marielle Khayat

    • Kids & Family
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“The Big Blend” is a podcast about merging cultures, identity and transmission. 
Here, you’ll listen to heart-to-heart testimonies and useful tips from parents, kids and experts that explore neo-cultures, the sense of home and the feeling of belonging. All with the purpose of raising wonderful multicultural people. And more importantly: open-minded, curious and tolerant people.
It takes courage to pass down more than one culture, so it’s important to know that we are not alone. 
We talk about growing up at the intersection of cultures, teaching several languages to your kids, selecting the traditions and norms to pass down and shaping new blended cultures.
The parents' stories are the ones with the blue thumbnail, the expert's stories are the ones with the pink thumbnail, and the life stories are the ones with a purple thumbnail.
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The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
The Big Blend’s instagram page: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link 
Brand design by Emilien Lubienski (@cheesychoc)

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Emily & Aude - A restless childhood and a solid sister bond

    Emily & Aude - A restless childhood and a solid sister bond

    🇯🇵🇹🇷🇰🇷🇫🇷... This episode’s guests are Emily and Aude, two sisters who grew up as expats, relocating every 2 to 3 years with their family.
     
    With them, we talked about:
    The impact multiple moves can have on individuals in a familyThe meaning of friendship when you move around a lotThe importance of involving the kids in the decision-making process of movingThe balance between solid anchors and rich multiculturalityThe importance of a sister bond as a reassuring stability 
    Happy blending!🥣
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    The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
     
    The Big Blend’s instagram: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link

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    • 26 min
    Sindy - Triple the languages, triple the dedication

    Sindy - Triple the languages, triple the dedication

    🇮🇪🇩🇪🇮🇳 This episode’s guest is Sindy Brücher Sharma, a mom whose kids are now fluent in three languages: German, Hindi and English.
     
    With Sindy, we talked about:
    The importance of a childhood home and what happens when it’s soldThe OPOL strategy - one parent one language - and the dedication it takesThe energy it requires to give three cultures equal importance in the homeThe challenge of continuously searching for content to enrich the vocabulary of your childGrandparents’ views on the parents’ cultural education decisionsLittle victories 
    Happy blending!
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    The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
    The Big Blend’s instagram: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link

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    • 32 min
    Ruth - Managing emotions when moving around

    Ruth - Managing emotions when moving around

    🇳🇬🇺🇸🇱🇷 This episode’s guest is Ruth E. Van Reken, a pioneer in the subjects of moving around and navigating cultures. 
     
    With Ruth, we talked about:
    Taking the time to grieve when transitioning and accompanying a child through lossDeveloping portable traditions to create a solid family culture and reinforce attachmentNormalizing multiculturality and shifting the paradigmFocusing on where we are alike to celebrate the differences
    Happy blending!
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    Ruth's website: http://www.crossculturalkid.org/
    The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
    The Big Blend’s instagram: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link

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    • 24 min
    Dima - Transmitting culture through food and finding home in your plate

    Dima - Transmitting culture through food and finding home in your plate

    🇸🇦🇱🇧🇨🇦 This episode’s guest is Dima Adra, the writer of Mama Ghannnouj a cookbook that is all about the transmission of recipes and culture.
     
    With Dima, we talked about:
    Transmitting cultural tastes to your kidsKeeping our cultures’ recipes alive and maintaining the feeling of home they procureGetting started and cooking your home recipes, including the ones that seem complex to reproduce abroadBeing so immersed in a country’s community that it feels like home without having been in the country  
    Happy blending!
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    Mama Ghannouj’s website: https://mamaghannouj.com/ 
    Mama Ghannouj’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamaghannouj/ 
    The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
    The Big Blend’s instagram: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link

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    • 27 min
    Max - Dialing cultures up & down and taking out the best of each

    Max - Dialing cultures up & down and taking out the best of each

    🇨🇱🇬🇧🇩🇪🇫🇷 This episode’s guest is Max Wolke, his family is English, German, Chilean, and French.
    With Max, we talked about:
    Dialing up or down different cultures depending on the situationFilling in the blanks of family history with timeDeveloping an interest in Politics and opinions thanks to cultural exposure Having family rituals that bring you closer to cultureFriends and colleagues’ cultures rubbing off on youValuing and respecting traditional mono-cultures
    Happy blending!
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    The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
    The Big Blend’s instagram page: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link 

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    • 34 min
    Anna & Tanja - A rainbow family making history

    Anna & Tanja - A rainbow family making history

    🇦🇺🇫🇷🇩🇪 This episode’s guests are Anna and Tanja, one is Australian and the other one is French. They have a little boy together and they live in Berlin. 
     
    With Anna and Tanja we talked about:
    Building a non-conventional and multicultural familyChoosing a biological donor and defining his role in transmissionThe difficulty to transmit citizenship when you didn’t carry the childCreating a precedent and actually changing the lawThe burden of knowing that our decisions will shape our kid’s cultural identity
    Happy blending! 🥣
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    The Big Blend’s website: https://www.thebigblend.co/ 
    The Big Blend’s instagram page: https://instagram.com/thebigblend_podcast?utm_medium=copy_link 

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    • 33 min

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