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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Chicago's top chefs take guests on a French culinary journey at Passport to France

To many of us, the third Thursday of November marks the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Across the globe, people get together to grab a glass and celebrate the vin premier. But, to me, the third Thursday of November isn’t just about the release of a new wine. Rather, it’s a global celebration of French food, wine and culture. And, that’s why I... Read more »

Winter holiday stamps: How does the US Postal Service select its stamp designs?

There are roughly three weeks until Hanukkah, four weeks until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and five weeks until New Year’s Day. As the amount of days until the start of each winter holiday gets smaller and smaller, the lines at local post offices seem to get longer and longer. Yes, as the holidays approach, more and more people head to the US post office to... Read more »

6 simple ways to raise world citizens

You don’t have to travel around the world to raise world citizens. In fact, you can do just that without ever leaving your hometown. It’s really that simple. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or a small town. It doesn’t matter if you speak one language or three. It doesn’t matter if you can trace... Read more »
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Multilingual myths: Is it ever too early for a child to learn a second language?

Before we had children, my husband and I talked about our hopes and dreams for them – like would-be-parents tend to do. Even without a child in our arms, we had clear visions for our family. And, one thing we both wanted was to raise multilingual children. But, we knew it would be a bit... Read more »