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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Costa Rica with Kids: Two Weeks of Family Travel

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Costa Rica with Kids: Two Weeks of Family Travel
As I drink a cup of Costa Rican coffee on a cold morning in San Francisco, I remember the elation of running and laughing with my kids and nieces under a warm tropical rain, through luscious, green rain forest, toward an almost empty Caribbean beach. Once we got to the beach, we jumped into the ocean and played for hours with the waves.  Read more »

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Costa Rica with Kids: Two Weeks of Family Travel

As I drink a cup of Costa Rican coffee on a cold morning in San Francisco, I remember the elation of running and laughing with my kids and nieces under a warm tropical rain, through luscious, green rain forest, toward an almost empty Caribbean beach. Once we got to the beach, we jumped into the ocean and played for hours with the waves. I could still feel the wetness on my skin as my kids, returning back to our little hotel right next to Cahuita National Park     My sister and her family, and my two kids and I were staying for five days at Kelly Creek Inn, an amazing little find in the town of Cahuita, at the foot of Cahuita National Park.  Read more »

Managing a Picky Eater with International Travel

I have a really picky eater. I mean really picky. She has one and one only brand of peanut butter, rice milk and crackers – the list is really long. One of each item, none of which were available for the 18 days we travelled through Spain and France. I should also mention this kid is really, really thin.   Of course I was worried about what she’d eat.  Read more »

6 Days in Nicaragua with Kids

We recently came back from six days in Nicaragua with five- and seven-year-old kids. Here’s what our family discovered and enjoyed across the country.   Granada       Granada is a great city to spend a couple days. It’s both a launching pad for day trips and a quant colonial city that is almost 500 years old.  Read more »

Exploring Italy with Kids

After four months in Asia, we were ready for our next stop: Italy. Even though we found great pizza and ice cream at our favorite resto in Kathmandu close to our guest house in Boudha, the kids were out of their minds with excitement dreaming about pasta, pizza, gelato, and hot chocolates and to see their dad, Scott, whom they hadn’t seen in two and half months.  Read more »

22 Adorable Children Laughing Around the World

One of the best sounds in the world is hearing a child’s laughter. Laughter is infectious and makes us feel good. But it also does more than that. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that a “strong sense of humor is an important part of positive emotion and may help children to be more resilient.” Laughter has also been linked to helping children negotiate the complex period of pre-adolescence and adolescence.  Read more »

The Perfect Place to Spend a Year with Kids: Mindo, Ecuador

A couple of weeks ago, we visited the cloud forest of Ecuador. We stayed for a couple of days at the tiny town of Mindo, a two-hour drive from Quito, and I felt like staying in this mellow place for at least a year. Seeing the big leaves of the tropical trees, and looking at the numerous butterflies and hummingbirds, reminded me of a comment a friend made while we visited the rainforest exhibit at the Academy of Science in San Francisco.  Read more »

10 Best Places for an International Family Vacation

To find the best places in the world to travel with kids, we went right to the experts—all those well traveled parents that have seen the world, sometimes many times over, with kids in tow. We were looking for places that had a combination of fun stuff to do, a sense of adventure while being safe, kid friendly attitudes and were also relatively not too challenging to travel around with kids.  Read more »

Kids Around the World: Summer Water Fun

Nothing says summertime like splashing in the water to cool down in the summer heat. Let's take a peek at kids globally having some summer water fun. Be sure to check out kids' other favorite thing about summer: ice cream around the world! 20 0 2 Courtesy: Muhammad Ghouri 1. Cuba   Courtesy: flickr 2.  Read more »

How I Moved to Thailand with my Family on Less than $1000

With my baby strapped to my back, I lugged a pair of oversize travel bags up to the Eva Air check-in counter. They contained all the belongings I deemed important enough to make the trip to Thailand, and we wouldn't be coming back. Both overshot the weight limit by a mile, so with my husband's help I steered the bags off to the side and started to unload, shaving down the “absolutely necessary” list a little bit more.  Read more »

Cute Kids and Their Dogs around the World

Not much is cuter than kids and their dogs. The love between children and dogs knows no boundaries as dogs make the most faithful and simplest of friends. From around the world, InCultureParent has selected some of the most adorable pictures showing the unbreakable bond between child and dog. 20 0 2 Courtesy: ibz_omar 1.  Read more »

7 Tips for Parents with Inflexible Travelers

I have a German friend who brought up his son from ages 10 to 18 in Costa Rica while he worked for German development cooperation. He's more than just a world traveler but a true adventurer—he has spent the last five plus years living in some remote provinces of Afghanistan, nearly getting blown up on one occasion. Despite raising his son during his formative years in Latin America, the son did not come visit his father while we were both living and working in Armenia.  Read more »

Kids Playing Around the World

Play is one of those magical activities that connects us as human beings. Children have an innate sense of play through which they discover the world and their place in it. The power of play teaches cooperation and connection and allows children to understand cultural norms and expectations as well as themselves and their own emotions. A source of joy and happiness, play is universal to children everywhere.  Read more »

How Photography Unleashed My Teen’s Inner Traveler

What would you do if you knew you would have just enough money to make sure you and your family would be OK for the next four years. I’m not talking buckets of cash, just enough to allow you to think about what really matters, not so much that you get distracted and take your eye off the ball. I asked myself that a year ago and this is how I found myself, post-divorce, with my two daughters in Southeast Asia, happier than I had been in years.  Read more »

Kids Reading Around the World

Reading fosters children's imaginations, grows their vocabulary, primes them for academic achievement and supports numerous brain-related functions like speech, logic and concentration. Reading is also an accessible and powerful way to connect children to the world, not just the world they know but the undiscovered and unknown. Books about diverse cultures and countries empower children to view the world with curiosity and understanding, enriching and broadening their minds and preparing them for a bright future in a globalized world.  Read more »

Five Fun Games from Around the World

Children's games are a great way to show kids the influence of culture on the games we play. Here are five fun suggestions of kid's game from around the world to get started. All of these games can be played inside or outside so they are a good option in any type of weather. They can also make perfect party games. Tinikling – Philippines Tinikling is a popular dance in the Philippines that is based on the movements of a tinikling bird.  Read more »

Children’s Favorites: Ice Cream around the World

What treat do children have in common in every country around the world? Ice cream! Ice cream! We all scream for ice cream! InCultureParent takes you from Indonesia to Ecuador to look at how ice cream worldwide is sold and enjoyed--from cart to mouth. See how other countries and kids enjoy this universal treat. 0 2 30 Little girl in Japan © Decellio - Fotolia.  Read more »

Discovering Culture Through the Olympics

Since I was a child growing up in Minnesota, the Olympics have captivated me. The melodic foreign names (Surya Bonaly, for example), the vibrant flags, the robust strains of the medalists’ national anthems and the inspiring, personal stories of athletes’ struggles and victories all provided windows to different parts of the world. As a young girl peering into those windows, I cherished each glimpse of cultures so different from my own.  Read more »

How Children Play Who Don’t Speak the Same Language

Close to our home, there is a small community comprised of project employees, wildlife scouts and their families. It’s just outside the reserve’s fence and if it weren’t for the danger of elephant and buffalo, we could walk to it. Since we can’t walk and I don’t have a car, it may as well be miles away. Today, my husband had to go into the workshop right next to the community and we decided to tag along.  Read more »

The Summer Olympics: 10 Ways Families Can Discover the World

The Summer Olympics, with the athletes’ dramatic personal stories, unbelievable athletic prowess and excitement about thousands of people from hundreds of countries unified through sport, inspire children’s imaginations like no other global event. But the Olympics aren’t just about watching amazing athletes and rooting for your favorites. It’s also a great opportunity to turn children onto world culture and geography.  Read more »

Fathers and Children Around the World

Father's don't get enough credit. Sometimes they are the subject of stereotyped portrayals and most times, they are given far less attention in the parenting world than moms. But we know better. Whether it's Baba, Abba, Papa, Papi, Daddy or Appa here's to you, fathers! Come take a look at almost thirty fathers around the world and their adorable kids, just being dads.  Read more »

Breastfeeding Around the World

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed infants for their first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health, yet globally less than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed. Chances are that if you’re reading this article, breastfeeding is not a matter of life or death for your child.  Read more »

Multiple Fathers and Healthier Children in the Amazon

In many Amazonian cultures, including the Bari and Yanamami of Venezuela, the Canela, Mehinaku and Awawete of Brazil, the Ache of Paraguay and the Matis of Peru, people believe that a child can be fathered by more than one man. Although the husband is considered the principal or social father of the wife’s children, just after conception the wife will specifically seek sex with other men, usually with her husband’s consent.  Read more »

Mothers-To-Be: Pregnancy Around the World

Five babies are born every second around the world. These little global citizens hold our promises, deepest desires and intentions for the future. InCultureParent takes a look at the beautiful women across the globe giving birth to our future generation. In each of the countries represented, we also present its ranking in Save the Children's Mother's Index.  Read more »

10 Best World Maps for Your Children’s Room

Every global citizen needs a map to inspire them. Maps are amazing tools for learning, imagining and playing. I can still remember my round globe that I spent hours spinning as a child--ah, the wonder at where my finger would land! InCultureParent found some of the coolest maps on the market for your little global citizens. Pssst...Looking for more cool maps and globes? Be sure to check out these: Gorgeous globe for a child's room Do-it-yourself globe for kids 02 10 1.  Read more »

Top 10 Most Imaginative Playgrounds Around the World

"The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground." - G.K. Chesterton Playgrounds are the heart of a community’s gathering place and the play zones for old and young imaginations alike. They are the spaces where children meet the outdoors, challenge their physical abilities and stretch their imaginations.  Read more »

10 Healthy Kid Snacks From Around the World

Tired of crackers, cheerios and raisins? Try one of our snack suggestions from countries like Palestine, Brazil and Morocco for some new ideas to jazz up your snack repertoire.   1. Mexican Paletas (popsicles)   With flavors like coconut pineapple, cucumber chili and banana milk, these blow your average popsicle out of the water.  Read more »

Tradition Talk: When the Baby Loses His/Her Umbilical Cord

Q: What is the tradition in your culture when the baby loses his/her umbilical cord? What do you do with it? Is there any special celebration?   Japan: I am 47 years old and I have my own little umbilical cord piece in a little red box. My mother had kept it and gave it to me when I was grown up. In Japan, everyone keeps it as a memento. I also have my child's umbilical cord in a little box, even though she was born in the U.  Read more »
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