Category Archives: Holidays

Summertime with Kids: A Trip Around the World Via Local Neighborhoods

The internet is lighting up with things to do with the kids during our northern hemisphere summer vacation. There’s something for every helicopter- or free-range, unschooling- or intense-schooling parent; and yes, something for the “global” parents too.  Breaking out the passports and traveling abroad is the ideal, but for most families tickets to overseas destinations…

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A Dozen Spring Traditions Around the World

My co-author for our upcoming book, The K-5 Global Education Toolkit (yes – it’s going to be AWESOME!), Becky Morales, has compiled an amazing list of Spring Traditions Around the World, housed at her fabulous blog, kidworldcitizen.org.  Here’s a link to the post, http://kidworldcitizen.org/2013/04/12/spring-traditions-around-the-world/, which includes: European Mama’s wonderful list of Polish traditions The Educators’…

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A Family Thanksgiving Tradition That Gives Back

One of our favorite (newer) traditions each Thanksgiving with our large, and usually ornery extended family is what we call the “Global Giving Game.”  I described it in this piece linked and pasted below, which was published – surprisingly! – on FoxNews.com soon after Growing Up Global’s publication.  I’m a little disappointed that all the…

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You Don’t Have to Be Chinese to Celebrate the Year of the Dragon – Lunar New Year

The Year of the Dragon celebrations offer a great opportunity to grow our understanding of the world – while having fun with our kids.  Before you good-intentionally blurt out “Happy Chinese New Year,” to colleagues and neighbors – stop!  “Chinese New Year” represents a subset of the cultures that celebrate.  It’s also a festivity in…

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5 Ways Families Can Honor Dr. King & The Dream

I think it’s essential that kids grow up with memories of actively marking the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and birthday.  At most schools this is a day off, and a growing movement advocates making this a “day on.”  When parents engage with their children on the important matters Dr. King spoke out for,…

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Spur the Global Economy – Stay Home and Make a Difference This Thanksgiving

(This piece has been featured on the Homepage of ABC’s Million Moms Challenge; with the full text on the blog here, on the Huffington Post, in Global Giving’s news and below.) Feeling the pressure of tighter consumer spending, giant retailers catering to bargain hunters will open earlier than ever this Black Friday, on Thanksgiving Thursday. …

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