Articles from November, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Moroccan Inspired Stuffing Recipe

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Moroccan Inspired Stuffing Recipe
One of the requirements for our Thanksgiving was that each family had to bring a dish from their country. We had Indian Samosas with chutney, South Indian idlis with another type of chutney, Mexican minced meat stuffing and chicken, a French beet creation (our French friend said it was French but didn’t have a name for it), baked brie in puff pastry, and another French potato dish. Even though I’m American and made all the traditional American Thanksgiving food, I also had to represent the Moroccan side of our family to stay true to the spirit of our multicultural Thanksgiving  Read more »

St. Nicholas Craft: Your Own Krampus to Keep Kids in Line

Krampus, the "devil of Christmas,” is believed to accompany St.  Read more »

Getting Back on the OPOL Wagon

As I wrote about in Part I of this article, "Falling off the OPOL Wagon," I didn’t realize I had fallen off the one parent one language (OPOL) wagon until I found myself face down on the ground with a chipped tooth and a mouthful of dirt.  Read more »

Arranged Marriage 101

I’ve realized the term “love marriage” is absent in the West.  Read more »

Travel the Globe with the World Atlas

Barefoot Books’ newly released World Atlas for children, written by Nick Crane and illustrated by David Dean, is one of those books that will grow with your child over time. It is stuffed with factoids and information about our planet, with colorful illustrations that will continue to entice children to explore its pages. Did you know that dates have been around for so long that no one knows what region the palm tree is native to; or that polar bears are the largest predator on earth, weighing up to 1,499 pounds?   The Atlas aims to present a snapshot of our planet today and how people in different parts of the world interact with it.  Read more »

Why Kids Need the Scary Stuff Too

Three years ago, my husband and I adopted two children--an African-American daughter and a Korean son--over a period of just seventeen months. During one of our adoption homestudy visits, I remember scrambling to move a large framed print of a green devil from view in our TV room. Yet, the framed Korean mask dance figures which appeared far scarier to me at the time, remained on display.  Read more »

Multicultural Matryoshka Dolls

As a recovering etsy addict, I can usually always find something (or 10 things) to covet and love on that site (e.g., girls' dresses and skirts, knitted toddler hats, baby blankets, art for kids room, art for adult walls, etc.). I was excited to stumble upon this very cool, multicultural product for kids: matryoshka art prints and magnets by Amy Perrotti on etsy.  Read more »

When People Confuse my Heritage

I interrupt my regular posting, to bring you a post from my wife, Souad. At the doctor’s recently, I received a funny question about my accent and heritage. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with a cataract in my left eye (I was only 33!). For the last two weeks, I have been experiencing some pain and loss of vision in my right eye, the "good eye".  Read more »

Hotel Pool or History Lesson? Navigating Israel with Three Kids in Tow

Recently, my family and I took a trip to Israel. While I had several goals for the trip, including having a fantastic time, it was critically important to me that my kids saw the diversity of Jewish life in Tel Aviv. The city is the Baskin-Robbins of Jewish identity with a dazzling array of flavors to behold. Eastern European, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Asian, and indigenous Israelis, both religious and secular, seamlessly interact with one another.  Read more »

Letters from Orphans

November is National Adoption Month and this past Sunday was Orphan Sunday. We dedicated our children at our church in Durham, North Carolina with about 10 other children who had been adopted in the past year within our congregation. Typically in our inter-denominational Christian church, babies are “dedicated” as a way for parents to commit to raising their children with an understanding that they are children of God and to declare a promise to teach them about Jesus.  Read more »

Traveling with Kids Doesn’t Have to be a Burden

It’s been over a year since we took any trips on an airplane. I forgot how much I enjoy the hustle and bustle of airports, even with kids, as I love their excitement over the little things: Planes! Escalators! The scale at check in! I often hear about parents who gave up their jet-setting lifestyle when kids came along because travel was too much work.  Read more »

St. Nicholas Craft: Paper Shoe

By Carol Baicker-Mckee Children across Europe leave their shoes out on St. Nicholas day for St. Nicholas to come and fill them with candy. This is a fun craft which can double as a neat decoration or gift "box" in the spirit of St. Nicholas Day. Materials: Printed copy of the template, which is available as a pdf here Lightweight cardboard (I used some from an empty cereal box) Scrap paper (I used the insides of security envelopes, which I am absolutely addicted to these days--I have fits if anyone rips the envelopes when opening bills) Good glue, like Alene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue (and no, Alene's does not give me any kind of a kickback for mentioning their glues) Scissors Pencil for tracing the patterns Instructions: 1.  Read more »

What Baha’i Parents Teach Their Children About Death

As a child, I attended a number of funerals in which this verse from Corinthians was read, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory,” usually at the end of the service, when the bereaved family most needed it. At the time, I found this Bible verse very reassuring, but like most children I wanted to know more—the why, not to mention the how, what, when and where of the victory so eloquently asserted.  Read more »

Chanukah Ham on Sale

What's wrong with this picture? A classic case of marketing fail at Walmart..  Read more »

Distant Relatives versus Nearby Friends on Thanksgiving

My parents say that there is a Chinese saying (there is always a Chinese saying) about how distant relatives are not as good as nearby friends. To illustrate, they recall the time our car broke down on the winding and treacherous Pacheco Pass after midnight and how our neighbor, Mr. Shigematsu, came to rescue us and did not get home until after 2 a.  Read more »

Anniversary Giveaway: Little Pim Language DVD

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Jo-Anne! Thank you everyone for your entries! It's our one-year anniversary! And to celebrate we're giving away something cool. Win a children’s language DVD in any language--your pick!—from Little Pim. Little Pim is an award-winning foreign language immersion DVD series for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Read more »

How Francois Grosjean Broke My Multilingual Heart

Francois Grosjean broke my heart with an article he wrote recently, "Helen or Hélène." The actual quote that touched me was not from him but from Uriel Weinreich, who was a language researcher in the U.S. It goes "few language users are poets." The idea is that if you are multilingual, you are trying to be more efficient with your communication.  Read more »

Warning: Babies Blinded by Eating Sand (and so I let them)

While reading Lenore Skenazy’s book Free-Range Kids, I couldn’t help but think that while dubbing her “America’s Worst Mom” was an overstatement, I wouldn’t put a nine-year-old on the subway alone either. That’s what she did. She handed her son a subway card, a map, a few bucks change and bon voyage. I am too over-protective for that, maybe because having gone to college in New York City, I know how gross and scary the subway can be.  Read more »

Eid Craft: Star and Moon Card

Materials: Construction paper- at least 2 different colors Glitter Scissors Star and moon shapes Glue Pencil or pen Instructions: 1. Use cookie cutters or draw and cut a master copy of a star and moon. Have the kids trace stars and moons onto a piece of construction paper. 2. Let the kids cut the shapes themselves or cut for them. 3. Glue the shapes to a piece of construction paper, folded in half to make a card.  Read more »
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