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Cultural Appreciation: The Multicultural Kids Blog Carnival


Exploring Greek Culture on a day trip to Greece. Image Credit:

Have you ever wondered how you might help your children explore the world and the diverse peoples who inhabit it? The Multicultural Kid Bloggers have shared some of the many ways they discover the world with their children. I have been so inspired by the women linked below in recent months, so I’m honored to share what they have to say about nurturing an appreciation of other cultures in this month’s Multicultural Kids Blogging Carnival.

MaryAnne of Mama Smiles explains that for her, “Food helps fill in the gaps. Every time we make a dish from a different country, my kids want to learn more about that country – and, so far at least, they even like the dishes I’ve tried! ” As an example, she shares a well-loved Swedish Pancake Recipe.

Becky at Kid World Citizen has made several resolutions for the New Year that relate to exploring culture with her kids. She says, “I truly believe that in order for our children’s generation to be successful in the 21st century, they must be able to understand different perspectives, communicate effectively across cultures, and collaborate with others. Investigating beyond our local community challenges critical thinking and opens our kids’ eyes to how interconnected our world is.” Visit Kid World Citizen to read Becky’s resolutions. Continue reading

Family Traditions for Fall

The one thing I missed dearly during our family’s island beginnings was the physical evidence of the changing seasons. I have gushed plenty about autumn this year, but it has long been my favorite season. I have always been terrible about getting up early in the mornings, but when I was teaching, I made a point of it during the first few weeks of school each year, so that I could take my time and walk instead of driving or biking to work. I savored these walks, especially in Colorado where winter comes early. I was never huge on Halloween, but I loved the sights and the smell of the season. Later on, I started a small Spanish program for preschoolers and, after exploring culture with them, became enamored with the Day of the Dead, which gave me yet another reason to appreciate this time of year.

Because there was no such thing as autumn on Guam, this is the first year I have been able to really celebrate since we’ve had children, and I enjoyed it even more than I would have expected. I wanted to list all of our new fall traditions while they’re fresh in my mind, and I’d love to hear what yours are, too. I’m looking forward to adding to these in the years to come! Continue reading

A Family Apart

Welcome to the May 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting With or Without Extended Family

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how relatives help or hinder their parenting. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


The last time all of us were together. (Image credit: Walt Palmer Photography)

The husband and I married and conceived shortly after moving a good seven thousand miles away from both of our extended families. This has been in a challenge, but in some ways also a blessing. We both have families we love and are loved by, and we miss them dearly. We keep up through phone calls, emails, and despite the challenging (sixteen hour!) time difference, try to make video chats via Skype happen at least every few weeks. Of course a big part of my goal with blogging, especially my What’s New posts each Wednesday, is to keep everyone in the loop as much as they would like to be. Our families are important to us, and we’re grateful for them, but the reality of our lives means that we simply can’t be involved with one another’s day to day in the way that we may if we were close by. Continue reading

My first "unique baby," one week after her birth. Photo by Amanda Cox.

Unique Unto Itself

Welcome to the first edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama!

In the month of January, we start afresh, a new year, new ideas. Hence, our participants have looked into the topic of “Birth and New Beginnings”. Take a look at the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants.


My first "unique baby," one week after her birth. Photo by Amanda Cox.

I’ve been preparing for my second birth, which should take place sometime in late July or early August, by using the Hypnobabies home study course. I did the same during my first pregnancy, but this time it means so much more. This time I have a toddler following me around, repeating the “Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations” she hears me listening to daily. One of those affirmations provides a reminder that, “this is a new birth and a new baby, unique unto itself.” While I consider my first birth to have been a beautiful experience, all but perfect for the time and place we were in, I am looking forward in so many ways to the opportunity to have a new and different experience with our second child. Continue reading