The Year of the Dragon celebrations offer a great opportunity to grow our understanding of the world – while having fun with our kids. Before you good-intentionally blurt out “Happy Chinese New Year,” to colleagues and neighbors – stop! “Chinese New Year” represents a subset of the cultures that celebrate. It’s also a festivity in [...]
When parents engage with their children on the important matters Dr. King spoke out for, it sticks. Here are 5 simple steps any family can take to get started realizing The Dream.
My third daughter had a 92% chance of never being conceived. When she was around four years old she heard a friend of mine mention our little surprise, and then asked me: “Mommy, why does she say I’m an accident?” Never wanting her to think this about herself, I stopped anyone from saying anything like [...]
Sunday was World Food Day, and while hunger endangers the lives of too many around the world, for many parents, our daily food challenge might be more on the order of just getting our little ones to eat their broccoli. I’ve found some simple strategies that help raise awareness about the world also can nurture [...]
Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner who died a few weeks ago must have been smiling down on the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, all of them mothers, and heroines for peace and justice from environments that are usually so hostile to women’s success. Like them, Wangari’s was an unlikely story of triumph. [...]
Around the world, myriad creative activities have been organized for September’s International Peace Day. And for those who prefer reflection, there is an organized pause, or moment of silence at noon worldwide on September 21, 2011. But for those for whom International Peace Day may have passed them by, how can we create a sense [...]
The age difference between my oldest child and youngest is ten years. The daughter who was in third grade on September 11, 2001 started her first year of college last week, and the “baby” is now at the same school, sitting in the exact same elementary classroom as her big sister did on 9/11/01. I [...]
We had been bracing ourselves for the last day of our exchange student “daughter” Lucie’s stay with us. Over the year the five members of our family had each developed inside jokes with her, had favorite things to do, from actually enjoying practicing piano with her, to predicting the outcome of each episode of Top [...]
Our small steps alone will not solve the crisis, but actions suggested here help build compassion, connection, greater understanding of the world’s challenges from a young age, and even cultivate creative problem solvers. Collective action builds momentum and benefits the U.S., too.
There is hope for education innovation in the U.S. Earlier this month I had the great honor of joining several hundred people committed to innovation in education in various forms, for the TEDxNYED conference. The speaker roster, folks behind the scenes and participants I met (like Nathan Dudley of the NY Harbor School) truly inspired [...]