Family travel: Coming to terms with choosing to eat at chain restaurants

At home in Chicago, my husband and I are always on the search for new, local restaurants to eat at with our family. We seek out ones offering new ethnic cuisines. We seek out ones in new neighborhoods. We seek out ones with healthy, local fare on their menus. So, when we travel, we often... Read more »

It's National Volunteer Week! Use these resources to learn how to volunteer with your family

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week. Throughout the week, people of all ages will come together to give back to help people and organizations in their communities and around the world. From April 23 – 29, you can give your time, your expertise, your passion and your heart to the causes and organizations... Read more »

N.B.: I learned a bit of Latin thanks to my sons' school emails

Sometime earlier this year, I noticed that the bilingual emails sent out by administrators at my sons’ school included a bit of another language. But, it took a while for me to get it. Why? Because, it can be hard to spot a language when it shows up as two letters – N.B. Like many... Read more »
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5 reasons you should watch Supergirl with your children

When my family used to sit down to watch TV together, we’d run through a litany of potential shows to watch together, with everyone saying why we should or shouldn’t watch certain ones. Often, we’d come up empty and just decide to read or hang out instead. But, then along came Supergirl – first on... Read more »

My sons' favorite English king is King George III - thanks to Hamilton

I never thought I’d say it. But, my American sons have a favorite English king: George III. And, it’s all thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. For months, my sons have absorbed the story of Alexander Hamilton, as they’ve heard the Broadway musical soundtrack played over and over again by my husband. In... Read more »

We need a big "thumbs up" statue in the U.S., too

These days, it can feel like you’re drowning in the news or in your social media feed. Based on the “news” of the day, it’s easy to be disheartened. To be pessimistic. To be jaded. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can fight to stay positive. To stay upbeat. To stay hopeful.... Read more »
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Products you can buy to take a stand - and do good

These days, chances are you’re taking a stand to speak up for people’s rights – and you know plenty of people who are using their voices to do the same. We share social posts. We write emails. We place phone calls. We participate in protests. There are so many ways to “stay woke.” And, you... Read more »

What side of the sidewalk should you walk on in countries around the world?

As a family of four, we are always conscious of not blocking the sidewalk when walking down busy streets. We try to stay to one side and let others pass – especially when approaching us from the other direction. Typically, at home in Chicago, we walk on the right side of the sidewalk – the... Read more »

Are fresh Greek yogurt shops ready to spread across the U.S.?

I’m forever thankful to the writer of the Lonely Planet Athens guide for introducing us to Fresko, a fresh Greek yogurt shop located on Dionysiou Areopagitou between the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Gate, during our trip to Athens this winter. We had just left the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and, after being mesmerized by the history... Read more »
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8 reasons to visit Athens, Greece in the winter

A lot of times, when you picture a Greek vacation, it’s easy to conjure up images of people soaking in the sun on the Greek Islands or seeing the sunlight glint off of the startling white domed roofs of homes in Santorini. I’d say you probably don’t think if people bundled up, eating at cozy... Read more »