Archive for August 2014

Buying milk in a bag in Israel – and remembering when I first realized the beauty of travel

“Mom, in Israel, people drink chocolate milk out of a bag!” That one statement, excitedly yelled by my younger son as he got off the camp bus just a few weeks ago, triggered a memory I had long forgotten. And, instantly, I was mentally transported back to when I was a student participating in a... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this Labor Day weekend

I have mixed emotions about this coming weekend. While I’m happy it marks an important holiday, I’m not quite ready to say farewell to summer. That’s why I plan to make the most out of the three-day holiday weekend by enjoying some of the great family-friendly events taking place in the city and the surrounding area. Here... Read more »

Lesson from the playground: We’re all different – and very much the same

Last week, I took my sons to a local park we hadn’t been to in a few years. I took them there to play and have fun, as to be expected. But, our return to the park provided us with an unexpected opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities among us, too. While my sons... Read more »
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Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - August 22, 23 and 24

It’s hard to believe we’re into the final weekends of summer. But, that just means it’s time to savor all of the summertime fun – before we head into fall. Lucky for us, there is no shortage of great family-friendly events taking place in the city and the surrounding area all weekend long. Here is the Raising World... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - August 15, 16 and 17

This weekend, the Chicago Air & Water Show takes over the city’s lakefront and skies. But, this being Chicago, there’s always more to do than just enjoy one festival. As usual, there is no shortage of great family-friendly events taking place in the city and the surrounding area all weekend long. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the... Read more »

Rethinking the traditional back-to-school family tree project

Do your children need to do a family tree project for their class? Mine usually do. It almost seems like standard practice for preschool or early elementary school teachers to ask students to make and share their family trees with their new class. Often the completed projects are hung on classroom walls, offering students an... Read more »
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School supplies used by students in different countries around the world

Back to school shopping is big business in the US. It’s not uncommon to see back-to-school supplies pop up on store shelves in July – while everyone is still happily relaxing at the pool or on the beach. It’s just a reminder of what parents need to do before their kids go back to school.... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - August 8, 9 and 10

Hooray for summertime weekends! As usual, there is no shortage of great family-friendly weekend activities in Chicago and the surrounding area. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, August 8, Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10: 1. Ginza Holiday Midwest... Read more »

Gaga: Parents, get to know the dodgeball-like game your kids are most likely playing at summer camp

Do you know what gaga is? Chances are that if your kids go to summer camp, they do. My kids are enrolled in day camp this summer, and they say “gaga” all the time. But, they’re not speaking baby talk. Or, talking about the singer. No. They’re talking about a game with global origins that’s... Read more »
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Peanut butter and Paris: Or, why I’ll never look at a small jar of Skippy peanut butter the same way again

Is there one food you can’t cook, taste or smell without thinking of a certain place or time in your lives? For me, it’s peanut butter. In Paris. I know, it almost sounds sacrilegious to even say that the one food that reminds me of Paris is peanut butter. But, it’s true. For me, it... Read more »