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Traveling with Kids during the school year

The Teacher’s Guide to Traveling with Children During the School Year

That is so awesome that you are taking time to travel with your family! I truly believe that travel is an experience that everyone deserves and needs. Seeing the world is not only fun, but it also enriches our lives and expands our perspectives. By traveling abroad with your children, you are taking a pivotal […]

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Conscious Parenting: Educational Gifts for Kids

Conscious Parenting: Educational Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s the holiday season and practicing conscious parenting can become slightly more difficult. There are stockings to be filled, traditions to be honored, gifts to be given. Before you give into the gift buying craziness, consider taking a more conscious approach this year. As a reminder, to your child, there’s no better gift than spending quality […]

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Travelling abroad with children

How to Parent Like a Spaniard

Spain might have a king, but the kids are the ones who truly rule the country. Little ones are an intrinsic part of everyday life. And life seems to revolve around family. We lived in Madrid for four wonderful years. Yet, the cultural differences never ceased to amaze me. Especially when it comes to parenting. […]

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Traveling with children

World Stories: Halloween and the Origin of Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires, leave food and wine on their doorsteps to ward off the departed, and wear costumes to avoid being recognized by these ghosts. In the 8th century, the Christian church instituted All Saints’ Day, also called All […]

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Gentle parenting and travel

Parenting for the World: Raising Good Global Citizens

As if parenting weren’t demanding enough, raising a child today comes with an extra challenge. We’re parenting our children for the world. A world that is seamlessly connected in many ways, yet deeply divided in fundamental aspects. Technology may bring us closer, but the psychological distance is more evident than ever. The world craves peace, […]

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Indra's Net

World Stories: Indra’s Net

The power of tales and short stories in our children’s lives and upbringing is immense. Stories are magic. They teach us about the world, its people and cultures. They help us make sense of ourselves and the world around us. Earlier this year, I heard the beautiful story of Indra’s Net, a traditional Buddhist and […]

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Global recipes for kids

A taste of: SPAIN – Spanish Tortilla

At Our Whole Village, we certainly love traveling. But we’re equally passionate about discovering other cultures through music, books, art, crafts and food. During the summer, while planning our move back to the U.S. and setting our intentions for the new school year, the girls and I talked about how we want to cook at […]

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Global travel with children

3 Ways to Create a Family Culture of Acceptance

by Mary Grace Otis “It’s not wrong, it’s just different.” I can’t tell you how many times my high school German teacher repeated those words to us on our class trip to Germany the summer after 10th grade. She said those words to try to help us process all of the things that we were experiencing that […]

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cultural-diversity

A year of cultural diversity

What better way to teach our kids about the world and raise their awareness than by celebrating multicultural and ethnic festivals and holidays from around the world? We’re loving this 2016-2017 Diversity Calendar, a month-by-month, thorough collection of holidays around the world, put together by Becky Morales of Kid World Citizen. In addition to festivals and […]

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How to Create a Family Mission Statement

The definition of family has evolved significantly over the years.    There is no right or wrong, there is no “normal” or “typical”.  Just family- your family! No matter how family is defined or what person(s) make up a family, each family is uniquely shaped by its very own culture. Culture is often thought of […]

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