Posts in category "Life Lessons"

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 »

"But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?" Celebrating winter holidays in our multicultural world

One question with six words has been on my mind for the last few days: “But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?”  And, it’s all thanks to my six-year-old son. He uttered that one question with six words to me on Monday, November 3 – to be exact. It came right after our red shopping cart careened around a corner at a Target store near... Read more »

My son happily labels himself a “nerd,” but I'm not so happy about it

The other day, from the backseat of our car, my older son proudly declared that he’s a “nerd.” Being a child of the 80s, I remember finally being old enough to watch “Revenge of the Nerds,” and being happy that the lovable, smart but socially awkward “nerds” ended up “fighting back for their peace and... Read more »
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Class elections: Taking a small step toward social action at just six years old

When did you hold your first elected position? I can’t remember when I did, but I think it wasn’t until high school. And, I know for a fact that it wasn’t when I was six years old. Unfortunately, I can now say the same thing for my younger son. But, that’s not a bad thing.... Read more »

Buying milk in a bag in Israel – and remembering when I first realized the beauty of travel

“Mom, in Israel, people drink chocolate milk out of a bag!” That one statement, excitedly yelled by my younger son as he got off the camp bus just a few weeks ago, triggered a memory I had long forgotten. And, instantly, I was mentally transported back to when I was a student participating in a... Read more »

Lesson from the playground: We’re all different – and very much the same

Last week, I took my sons to a local park we hadn’t been to in a few years. I took them there to play and have fun, as to be expected. But, our return to the park provided us with an unexpected opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities among us, too. While my sons... 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 »

WITS 14: Top 5 inspirational quotes from speakers at the 2014 Women in Travel Summit

This weekend, I joined hundreds of women from all over the world at the 2014 Women in Travel Summit (WITS) at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. The first-ever travel blogging summit for women aimed to provide female traveler bloggers with the opportunity to gain expert advice and connect with the “global sisterhood of traveling... Read more »

Traveling without fear – but always with an open mind and heart

Traveling to new and different places helps open your eyes and your mind to the world. To me, the only way to know people, their culture and even their traditions is to walk down their streets, eat in their cafes, stroll through their parks, and frequent their cultural institutions. It’s only when you’ve achieved their... Read more »
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My son passed his eye exam with fake glasses

A few weeks ago, my five-year-old son came home from school complaining of blurry vision and insisted we go buy him glasses. He refused to get his vision checked. No. He wanted to skip that important step and get right to the buying glasses part. After pressing him a bit, he admitted that his vision... Read more »