Five reasons why Rome is a great city to visit with kids

Rome will always be special to me and my husband. We went there on our first international trip together as newlyweds. We went there on our last international trip before we had our first child. We went there with our two sons during our first trip to Italy as a family. Each time was simply... Read more »

Pizza with French fries in Venice

Have you ever had a pizza with French fries on it? My family hadn’t until my husband accidently ordered it in Venice – and probably became the oldest person there to ever do so! While in Rome over the winter holiday last year, my family ate a lot of pizza. When I say a lot,... Read more »

UNICEF Kid Power Band: A great way for kids to get fit and give back

“What? We like to be active and save lives.” My younger son breathlessly uttered these words to me the other day as he slid into his seat at the table for lunch. He and his older brother had been doing laps and laps around our home. But, it was time to stop moving, stop running,  stop jumping. Because, it... Read more »
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Greek “monsters” reimagined in international touring exhibit

Greek monsters are big in our house. And, I blame Percy Jackson. Ever since my nine-year-old son opened to the first page of “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. Many a dinner conversation has centered on the Minotaur, Cyclops, Medusa, and Cerberus – and so many other Greek monsters. With each chapter came new adventures for the young heroes... Read more »

Speaking with compassion: Sticks and stones can break your bones – and words can really hurt, too

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all heard the phrase, “sticks and stones will break your bones, but word will never hurt you,” at some point as a kid. I know I’ve heard it many times. And, I’ve caught myself echoing that same sentiment to my young sons. But, you know what? It’s... Read more »

Chicago artist Jim Bachor turns street potholes into works of mosaic art

We’re in the middle of winter here in Chicago, and with the snow, cold and slush comes the inevitable potholes. Yes, everyone who survived last year’s polar vortex knows that once the snow, cold and slush are gone, we’re left with potholes. And, lots of them. In fact, last year, at the end of January,... Read more »
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“Mom, when are you going to stop embarrassing me in front of my friends?” An important parenting lesson I learned from my 6-year-old son

When I make a parenting mistake, I want to own up to it so my sons see that I make mistakes, too. And, boy, did I make one the other day. You see, I unknowingly brought up a very touchy subject for my six-year-old son. Yes, I’m talking about the number of teeth you’ve lost... Read more »

Chinese New Year: 6 ways to wish friends and family good luck for the New Year

I’ll never forget one of the best things that happened to my son when he was in kindergarten. He came home with a small red envelope (hóngbāo) decorated with gold lettering and filled with two dollar bills. As he excitedly told me, one of his friend’s moms came into his classroom that day to talk about the... Read more »

5 ways to celebrate Black History Month with your family

February is Black History Month. Throughout the month, we celebrate the achievements of African Americans and the important role they’ve played in shaping American history, arts, culture, science and more. For me, the 28 days of February are an ideal time to build a foundation of learning that will help kids recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans (and all Americans) throughout... Read more »
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The legend of the Golem of Prague – and its appearance in children's and modern literature

I love when my six-year-old gets to go to the library at his school – simply because I never know what books he’ll check out that day. I always excitedly open his backpack to see what French and/or English books are tucked away inside of it. And, I’m never disappointed. A few months ago, he brought home... Read more »