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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Dear White Officer, Please Don’t Shoot

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At what point does my darling black son begin to look like a pariah to the world? At what time do people start seeing him as a threat? A gangster? A thug? The first time I experienced this look, what I call "the look of disgust" was at a Farmer's market. My son wanted to buy a honey stick and was refused service. He was four years old. The murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has sent ripples of fear for all of us who are raising black sons. These are our babies. Please make it stop. 9 0 2 Courtesy: African-american boy via shutterstock   This is my son, Melese.  Read more »

Fall Traditions and Celebrations Around the World

All over the world, families and cultures have unique traditions celebrated in the fall.  Read more »

22 Adorable Children Laughing Around the World

One of the best sounds in the world is hearing a child’s laughter.  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.  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 »

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 »

Mother’s Around the World

Mother's Day is celebrated on different dates worldwide but for a number of countries, it is usually in May. Moms are always so busy doing stuff for everyone else, they so rarely take enough time to celebrate themselves. So we at InCultureParent put together a tribute for all of you mothers. Here's a look at global motherhood, celebrating all those mamas, mamis, muttis, ammas, mums, ummis, maes, aais, hahas, mommys and more from Japan to Uzbekistan and Paraguay and beyond.  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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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