Archive for December 2014

Choosing a university for your child: Would you consider an international school with free tuition?

Even before our first son was born, my husband and I started to plan for our children to go to college. Like so many other parents, our dreams for our sons include a future where they can take advantage of any and all available opportunities – and that includes having the best possible education. An... Read more »

Forging a cultural connection with food: What recipes will you pass on to your children?

So many of my childhood memories revolve around food. When I think of my grandma, I think of us shopping together at Jewish delis and bakeries, picking up chocolate ruggelah, lox and corned beef – and always a bag of kichel for my mom. When I think of holidays, I think of my family crowded around the dining... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 19, 20 and 21, 2014

Here are the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – December 19, 20 and 21, 2014: 1. Pre-Kwanzaa Holiday Market and Celebration Harris Park 6200 S. Drexel Ave. (Woodlawn) Friday, December 19, 4 – 8 pm Saturday, December 20, 10 am – 7 pm Free admission Kwanzaa starts on Friday, December... Read more »
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Eating sufganiyot during Hanukkah in Israel - and now Chicago

As a child living in the US, I always associated Hanukkah with one main food – potato latkes. Yes, whenever it as Hanukkah, I always awaited the smell of hot oil frying in a pan, knowing that soon potato latkes would be fried up for all of our friends and family to enjoy. Starting at... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 12, 13 and 14, 2014

Here are the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – December 12, 13 and 14, 2014: 1. St. Lucia Celebration at Daley Plaza Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St. (Loop) Friday, December 12, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Free admission On Friday, Chicagoans can come out to Daley Plaza to choose our... Read more »

Host and hostess gifts: Gift-giving customs around the world

In Chicago, it’s customary to not arrive at someone’s home for a meal empty handed. Usually, if my family goes to another family’s home for dinner, we bring dessert and a bottle of wine. The custom has been drilled into me since I was a child, and now it’s just second nature. To be honest,... Read more »
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Reporting vs. tattling: Reminding kids to use the power of their voice to resolve conflict

Often, when I’m around large groups of children, I’ll inevitably hear several of them shout, “I’m telling!” Usually, their shouts follow some minor altercation – like after one child pulled another one’s scarf or one child drew on another one’s paper. Unfortunately, the chorus of too many shouts can tend to negate the importance of each individual... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 5, 6 and 7, 2014

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – December 5, 6 and 7, 2014. 1. Juicebox: Sones de Mexico Ensemble Chicago Culture Center’s G.A.R. Hall 78 E. Washington St. (Loop) Friday, December 5 at 11 am Free admission The Juicebox concert series is back... Read more »

Being bilingual: Is it ever better to learn to speak one language over another?

My sons attend an international school where most of their classes are taught in French – except for English class. Easily, they spend most of their day hearing, speaking and learning in French – right in Chicago. But, at their school, French isn’t considered to be a second language. Rather, French and English are both viewed as first languages. Yes, even though... Read more »
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