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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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5 things you only understand if you went to overnight camp – according to someone who didn't

I didn’t go to overnight camp. I never knew what I was missing – until I met my husband. My husband went to overnight camp (or sleep away camp as he calls it) in the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania, working his way up from camper to counselor. Along the way, he tried new outdoor sports,... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - August 1, 2 and 3

August is here! Lucky for us, the summertime fun is still in full swing. 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 1, Saturday,... Read more »

Travel gear favorites: Four great items to pack for your next trip

As an avid traveler, I love to find items that make planning, packing and touring a little bit easier. And, as a traveling mom, I appreciate anything that helps lighten my load, free up my hands, and better savor and remember each precious memory. I recently picked up a few new travel items to test out during our family’s recent adventures abroad and... Read more »
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Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - July 25, 26 and 27

It’s hard to believe this is the last weekend of July. At this time of year, I always find myself wondering how summer always seems to fly by way too fast. And, it makes me want to take advantage of all of the great summertime events in Chicago and the surrounding area even more. Here... Read more »