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The Ultimate Guide to Embracing Diversity with Small Children

As the world becomes ever connected thanks to the Internet, children will be increasingly introduced to people and cultures that are different from their own. Often times the best way to teach children about diversity is to fully embrace it. With the resources available today, embracing diversity can simply be a few keystrokes away. Additionally, it can be as much as you want, since many of the ways of embracing diversity can be done in …

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Ready to Tie the Knot? Here are 34 Questions to Discuss Before Marriage

When we are thinking about getting married to someone we are often looking through the rose-colored glasses that come from being shot by cupid’s arrow. Every culture values marriage differently, an issue that can cause some tension in a multicultural relationship. Abhi and I met online and got married three short months after our first meeting in person. Should we have waited longer? Probably. Were there things about him that I didn’t know that I …

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Mom shaming is toxic and it needs to STOP!

You’re in the grocery store and you see a young mother with a mortified look on her face as her normally sweet toddler has a meltdown in the middle of the aisle. What do you do? Do you say something? Do you offer advice? Do you stay quiet, silently judging? Do you smile encouragingly to the overwhelmed mother? Do you see if you can help diffuse the situation? While in an ideal world we would …

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A letter to my younger self | Life lessons for your 20s

A letter to my younger self: Hi Jessica, This is your future 30-year old self. As I write this letter I celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary watching our two small children breathe peacefully as they nap. Life is as different as you could imagine at your young age. You are getting ready to embark on the journey of life, leaving everything you know as you head off to college. You will hit many bumps in …

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Where do you call home?

One of the most common questions anyone gets when traveling is “where are you from” or “where do you call home?” Personally, I find that question so difficult to answer. Merriam-Webster defines home as “a place to live,” but is it really so simple? I believe there are so many different factors that go into defining what home is that it is much more complex than the simple dictionary definition. Home can be defined as …

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Four Reasons to NOT Visit Kathmandu

Recently, we decided to take a jaunt to Kathmandu. Having never visited Nepal before, I was excited to see this city with everything I had heard about it. Granted the city is quite large, but like most tourists we ended up in Thamel–the tourist hub of the city. While we enjoyed our time in the city we were certainly ready to move on to a quieter part of the country after our stay. From the perspective …

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Being in an interracial relationship

So a new found interest of mine is to browse the website Buzzfeed. I probably am on that site way more than I should be. Recently the site has had quite a few posts regarding interracial relationships. Interracial relationships can be defined in many different ways. While I prefer to use the term intercultural to define my relationship, interracial is just as applicable. One of the posts that caught my eye in particularly was a …