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Looking for Winter Break Fun: We've Got You Covered!

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Looking for Winter Break Fun: We've Got You Covered!

NEED ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER BREAK? WE GOT YA COVERED! Nothing drives me more crazy than having a houseful of kids who complain they are bored during the winter break. I also tell them there's a room they can pick up or reading they can do and then I get the eyerolls. So after all the cleaning is done we still have a couple of weeks off and I know it's important for children to get a break from all the work they do at school, the tutoring sessions, the lessons and the extracurricular sports they do. After a tiring routine,...

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Test Drive: Mazda CX-9

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Test Drive: Mazda CX-9

Thanks to DriveShop, I got a chance to test drive a Mazda CX-9 for one wonderful week.  I loved so many things about it. With a family of 6, this 7-seater had ample space in all three rows so we were very comfortable. It was a perfect time to have this vehicle as we look for a new car for our teenage son. He is ready to get into a new car right away but we will take a slower pace to make sure we make the best decision with and for him. Sure, comfort and design are important, but safety...

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Celebrating Chuseok (추석)

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Celebrating Chuseok (추석)

Today we celebrated the Korean harvest festival of Chuseok (Korean: 추석) in my kid's Korean Immersion elementary class. Traditions are very important in our home. I am mixed Latina and Black and my husband is Korean so being a multicultural family and raising our children as mini global citizens to appreciate and celebrate their respective cultures is an invaluable gift we are passing on to them.

In all honesty, it is also a chance for me to learn more about my children's Korean culture. We learn from each other, right? So Chuseok  추석, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, is one of the most important and festive holidays of the year. Just like the American tradition of Thanksgiving, Koreans return to their ancestral hometowns to celebrate with their families to feast on traditional foods and rice wines. 

The origins of Chuseok 추석 can be traced back to Korea’s past as an agrarian society. During that time period, families gathered to enjoy time together as well as give thanks to their ancestors for a good harvest.

Other customs include paying respect to ancestors by cleaning their graves and presenting foods to their spirits.

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On the road with MultiCulti Corner at The Museum of African American Museum

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On the road with MultiCulti Corner at The Museum of African American Museum

Introduction: The world is changing and we are more diverse than ever. An important gift we can give our children is to help them feel good about who they are and help them learn to accept, respect and celebrate others. Multicultural children need to have access to diverse products that reflect their reality. Children want to see themselves in books, media, toys, dolls and arts & crafts. Thankfully, there are brands that are stepping up and providing more products that expose children to multicultural and/or multiracial products. Lakeshore Learning, Queens of Africa dolls, Mixis Dolls, Lammily, Mattel, Mixed Up Clothing, Mixed...

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