5 Things I Do to Empower My Multicultural Girls

I will just go ahead and say it – multiculturalism doesn’t protect you from being closed-minded. And in order to give your child the understanding of what it means to be a global citizen, you still need to work towards it. That’s why I want to share with you 5 Things I do to empower my multicultural girls.

1. Teach acceptance. I don’t mean accepting the mess that our world is going through. I don’t mean accepting that “people are not perfect”. I mean accepting for who you are: your appearance, your character, the way you talk and the way you walk.

2. Teach tolerance. I don’t mean tolerating bullies. I don’t mean tolerating gender inequality. I mean understanding and accepting the differences, yet being able to stand up for what you believe in.

3. Teaching peacefulness. I don’t mean standing by when something awful happens in front of your eyes. I don’t mean ignoring the world around you for the sake of your inner peace. I mean the ability of solving problems through peaceful means.

4. Teaching equality. I don’t mean erasing the importance of genders, cultures, races. I mean teaching that unity lies in diversity and that we are all created in harmony with one another.

5. Teaching love for humanity. I don’t mean giving into things or letting things slide because we love someone. I mean loving and accepting all people despite where they come from, what language they speak and what colour their skin is.

How do you empower your girls?

Women's History Month Series on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Join us for our annual Women’s History Month series, celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women around the world! Don’t miss our series from last year, 2016 and 2015, and find even more posts on our Women’s History board on Pinterest:

Follow Multicultural Kid Blogs’s board Women’s History on Pinterest.

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Hispanic Mama on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 3 Latinas Who Nevertheless Persisted

March 6

Colours of Us: 30 Diverse Children’s Anthologies About Trailblazing Women

March 7

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Women in History Spanish Children’s Books

March 12

Crafty Moms Share: Betty Before X Book Review

March 13

Let the Journey Begin

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Creative World of Varya: 5 Things I do to Empower My Multicultural Girls

March 15

Melibelle in Tokyo

March 19

Madh Mama on Multicultural Kid Blogs

March 20

Kampuchea Crossings

March 23

Ketchup Moms

March 27

A Crafty Arab

March 29

Family in Finland

March 30

Mama Tortuga

Don’t miss our Women’s History Month Activity Printables, on sale now!

Women's History Month Activity Printables

Doll Clothes from Old T-shirts

Today I would like to share with you simple examples of how we make Doll Clothes from T-shirts.

My daughter got into sewing some time ago. She does it by hand. And sometimes she just uses safety pins to keep her creations together. I often give her old T-shirts and dresses to use. I encourage her hobbies. And why wouldn’t I when she goes for a sewing kit pretty much every other time when she gets an allowance money to spend?

She makes clothes for her dolls and for her sister. And she dreams to be a clothes designer some day!

She is the one who gave me the idea for this post and I below you will find 3 mini photo tutorials.

Materials Needed:

T-shirts pieces rectangular or square shaped

Safety pins

Dolls or ponies

Doll dress:

Wrap a rectangular piece of t-shirt around your doll. Throw one end over the shoulder. Secure with a safety pin. You have a lovely summer / beach dress for your doll!

Pony Hoodie:

Cut two holes in a square piece of t-shirt, leave enough material in between. Put your pony’s front legs through the holes and throw the middle over its head – you have a pony with a hoodie!

Pony dress:

Throw a square piece of T-shirt over pony’s back. Meet the ends in front, under its head. Secure with safety pins. Your pony has a fancy dress now!

Do you have a child who likes to make clothes for her dolls? Share your ideas with us!

Join us for Earth Day 2018 hosted by Teach Me Mommy!

Here is the participating list :

DIY Abacus from Recyclables from TMM

Earth Pom Poms from The Gingerbread House

CD and French knitting Coaster by TMM

Doll Clothes from Old T-shirts by Creative World of Varya

Purse from old Jeans by Jeddah Mom

Starting seeds with recyclables by Projects with Kids

Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet

Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet

Today I would like to share an Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet we made while looking at the photos of these beautiful people who are also a part of my children’s heritage. Maasai are known for their intricate gorgeous jewelry that has caught the eye of so many  around the globe. They decorate their neck, arms, ears and heads with layers of bracelets, necklaces and gorgeous earrings, all hand-made from the materials available to them.

Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania are not known as beautiful places. They are also known to be a home for beautiful Maasai people. They are very talented and keep to their old traditions. They history is also very interesting.

The tutorial is so easy and can be made together with your children or by children from 4+ years old up.

You will need:

Pipe cleaner

Colorful thread


Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet


1. Start by putting together and aligning the ends of several threads and the pipe cleaner. Tie a knot to secure.

2. Using one of the treads, start wrapping it around the pipe cleaner, making sure it is tightly wrapped. The first thread will be wrapped over the other two threads as well.

3. After some time, wrap the next thread. And then the next, until you are done.

Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet

4. Secure the ends with a knot. Cut off loose ends.

5. Depending on how long your pipe cleaner is you can make one layer or two.

Look how pretty it looks!

Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet

You can repeat this as many times as you want if you want a bracelet with several layers.

Traditionally the bracelets are beaded. However, I tried creating an easy craft that can be made by a child and using the wrapping technique is what came to mind!


Black History Month Series on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to our fifth annual Black History Month series! Follow along all month long as we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and African-Americans.

You can also follow our Black History board on Pinterest:

February 2
Kid World Citizen on Multicultural Kid Blogs: MLK Day of Service

February 5
Great Family Reads: Picture Books for Black History Month

February 7
Mommy Evolution: Must Read Middle School Books for Black History Month

February 8
Colours of Us: 17 New Picture Books About Black History

February 9
GUBlife: 5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Your Family

February 12
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Circle Unbroken Children’s Book and Gullah Traditions and Heritage

February 13
All Done Monkey: Harriet Tubman – Learning Resources for Kids

February 15
A Crafty Arab: 6 Books on Muslim American Slaves

February 16
Hispanic Mama

Creative World of Varya on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 10 Fun Facts About Tanzania for Kids

February 19
Biracial Bookworms: Our Invisible Armor – Heroes of Black History

February 21
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Senufo Mud Painting Art Project for Kids

February 23
Growing Up Gupta on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 12 African American Inventors, Activists and Leaders Lost to History

February 26
Crafty Moms Share

February 26
Creative World of Varya: Easy Maasai Craft Inspired Bracelet

7 Fun Things to Do When Travelling Pregnant

It’s natural to have concerns about setting off on holiday when you’re expecting, but the good news is that it’s normally safe for both mother and baby, and although you’ll need to take it easy, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. In fact, taking a trip can be a welcome break from the planning, appointments, and everyday commitments you’ll have back home. Here are 7 fun things you can do when you are traveling pregnant.
1. Spend time at a spa
Pregnancy is the perfect time to indulge in pampering, so book a stay at a spa and enjoy being waited on hand and foot — you certainly deserve it.
Lots of spas now offer prenatal treatments, such as massages designed to ease the aches and pains of mothers to be. You could also go for a manicure or pedicure (or both), even if you can’t see your feet anymore!

2. Explore your destination
You don’t have to miss out on sightseeing because you’re pregnant; you just need to take a more chilled out approach. Stick to landmarks which are easy to access, and avoid steep hills and uneven surfaces. Even a gentle stroll around the city or resort will give you plenty to see and you may even stumble upon a hidden gem.
Don’t forget:

  • Bring a bottle of water with you and drink from it regularly.
  • Take toilet breaks when you need them.
  • Pack healthy snacks to eat whenever you get hungry — this will keep your blood sugar levels stable.

3. Visit friends or family
If you have friends or family who live abroad, why not use part of your babymoon to go and see them? It’s an opportunity to catch up with loved ones, plus you’ll be able to get an insider’s opinion about all the best things to do in your destination. Win-win.

Photo by Daan Huttinga on Unsplash

4. Go on a shopping spree
Whether you’re a fan of independent boutiques, enormous shopping centres, or bustling markets, chances are you’ll find somewhere to enjoy a spot of retail therapy.
To make a more meaningful purchase, avoid gifts aimed at tourists and look for traditional items from your destination instead. The Swiss are known for their chocolate, the Turkish for their coffee, the Scandinavian for their knitted jumpers… seek out something you can’t find at home. And if you don’t see anything you like (or don’t have room in your suitcase)? That’s okay — at the very least you’ll have fun people-watching as you stroll around the shopping areas.
Looking for more inspiration? Business Insider listed the best souvenirs from 19 countries around the world.
5. Enjoy the local cuisine
Dining with your partner or travel companion is one of the best ways to spend some quality time together. Although there are precautions you need to take, you can still enjoy lots of different foods while you’re pregnant, so don’t be afraid to give traditional cuisine a go.
Foods to avoid while pregnant:

  • Anything that looks undercooked, especially meat or fish
  • Eggs with a runny yolk
  • Pâté
  • Blue-veined cheese
  • Soft cheeses with a hard rind

For more information on diet and wellbeing, read Holidaysafe’s pregnancy travel guide.

Photo by Joseph Chan on Unsplash

6. Take lots of pictures
There’s a lot to be said for living in the moment, but you’ll want to remember this time, so don’t forget to bring your camera with you (or use the one on your phone if the pictures are good quality).
Not only will you enjoy looking back on your pregnancy adventures, but when they’re old enough your little one will have fun seeing what you got up to on your travels.
7. Relax
This goes without saying, but you won’t have much time to do your own thing when your baby arrives, so make the most of your freedom. You’ll go into motherhood feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for anything.

This post was made possible through a partnership with HolidaySafe . The opinions expressed above are that of their own and do not offer any medical advice to pregnant women.

February Goals: Healthier Lifestyle and More

I have commited to sharing my monthly goals for a year and today I will continue with sharing my February Goals: Healthier Lifestyle and More.

Last year I haven’t posted much as I have been so busy figuring out what would be my next step in life. If I did, you would know that I lost around 27 kg through changing my eating habits and becoming more active.

Oh, I did gain half of it back! So no magic here – just ups and downs of eating habits.

Since half of February we are on holidays here in China, it will be easier to concentrate more on my eating habits and my health.

Besides, if you follow my newsletter and my Instagram account, you would know that I have also taken my Aromatherapy hobby more seriously and I now have a second website as a wellness and aromatherapy advocate: Aromatherapy With Varya. And another IG account – aromatherapyvarya . You can follow me, by the way, if this topic is of any interest to you.

Getting back to my goals:

1. Work on eating habits and healthier meals.

2. Adding more exercise to my daily routine.

3. At least 2 Live workshops per month for both my sites.

4. This one is exciting: complete preparation for a series of workshops on cooking and DIY with essential oils.

5. Start bi-monthly Montessori series.

That’s about it. I don’t think all of it would be a matter of just one month. I am sure this will stretch well into the next. I just feel inspired and motivated, and I know I can do it!

While thinking about your own goal, stop by Mama Smiles and 3 Dinosaurs to see what they have planned for February!

Five Ideas for Dates When You Have Young Kids {That Worked for Us}

Some years ago I wrote a post on Dating Your Husband with Children. That was before we had our 3rd. Now that all our 3 kids are bigger, here are Five Ideas for Dates When You Have Young Kids that worked for us.

1. Movie night date in our living room. This is after hours, when everyone is asleep. Usually we end up just watching an episode of a favourite show. But once in a while we actually get to sit through a whole movie!

2. Lunch date. Since both of us work relatively close to each other, we go on lunch dates. We get to spend a couple of hours just the two of us.

3. Bicycle ride date. We haven’t done many of those. We actually went on just ONE bicycle ride just the two of us. But it is in the plans!

4. Salsa night date. This would only work if you have an older child who can babysit. Even in our case this babysitting happened for 1 hour while the over two were down for the night, and we were just 10 minutes car ride away.

5. Nap date. This is what we do sometimes during our lunch break – we pass out for a short nap! I love that Chinese schools usually have long lunch break where both children and teachers can go for a nice rest. So we take advantage of that.

Today is my husband’s birthday! So I dedicate this post to him!

Feel free to share your ideas with ms!

Come back and check out all of the great ideas these awesome bloggers are sharing. You can find an updated schedule over at Inspired by Family. Our 12 awesome mom bloggers are: Paradise Praises , Inspired by Family, Beauty Through Imperfection, The Gingerbread House , The Classy Chapter , Confidence Meets Parenting, Pichea Place, Thinking Kids Blog , Simple Acres Blog, Clarissa West, Creative World of Varya, The Educators Spin On It

Ten Fun Facts About Teaching in China {What It Is Actually Not}


This my 17th Spring Festival in China, and after teaching here for as many years I thought it would be fun to share some facts with you. This post is about Ten Fun Facts about Teaching in China, however, it is actually how teaching in China is not what you thought it would be!

Fact #1:

Teaching in China is NOT boring! It can actually be quite fun: children truly adore foreign teachers, and if you get to experience lots of new thing.

Fact #2:

Your bachelor’s degree is NOT enough. You need to get a TEFL certificate which is a requirement for a work permit application.

Fact #3:

Your schedule is NOT stable. You can definitely some last minute changes. Oh, it can be frustrating but if you set your mind on flexibility – you will adapt fast!

Fact #4:

You CAN’T expect that everyone will be doing things like it is “back home”. Get ready to the unexpected: yes, sometimes it is like being in the outer space, exploring new planets.

Fact #5:

NOT all your students are interested in foreign teacher classes. Many of them are too preoccupied with scoring high scores in Math and Chinese, hence you will see a lot of snoozing in your lesson, or someone quickly doing their homework. Go easy on them! Just make your lessons fun enough for them to follow.

Fact #6:

Your contract is NOT written in stone. In fact, you will definitely be asked to perform some demo classes and participate in activities that are not listed in your contract. Make sure to clarify all little details, and discuss possible and impossible scenarios. Better yet – you should have it all in writing. Refer to Fact #4.

Facts #7:

Teaching in China is NOT the same as teaching back home. For instance, unless you are a lead subject teacher, or work in an international school, you will not be expected to attend parent-teacher conferences, nor really grade your students. Big relief, huh? I know! It was a huge change for me: coming to short lessons plans from pages of lesson plans and feedback for each student I had to write at home!

Fact #8:

People DON’T always mean what they say. Oh no, I don’t mean they are liars! Quite the opposite: I see Chinese overall as quite pure-hearted people who will do what they promise to do. Of course, it doesn’t always work for employer-employee relationship. But this fact is not about that. It is about … a bargain. Yes, Chinese love bargain, you will see it from students, parents, and your co-workers. So if someone says “let me do it”, they may not necessarily know how to do it, and they will definitely be relieved if you finally take charge as you originally suggested. They are really just being polite! But if you do agree with them taking charge of that task, they will do it at their best capacity.

Fact #9:

Your students are NOT spoiled brats. They really are not. You set the rules from the first time you enter the classroom, and since it is in their nature to follow rules, with your consistency they will absolutely follow them.

Fan #10:

Your perception of whole life in China is about to be changed! I knew so many Chinese friends and lived near Chinese border for years. Yet, from the moment I stepped my foot on China soil, I had such change of heart. I had a huge culture shock (keep in mind, that was 17 years ago, China changed SO much since then). But within a year and a half I couldn’t wait to come back here. So 17 years and counting, I love what I do!

I wish you a happy and a prosperous Spring Festival! May the year of Dog bring you lots of joy and good beginnings. If you set your heart on moving to China to teach here in the year of Dog – good for you. And I wish you Good Luck!


Chinese New Year | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to our fourth annual Chinese New Year blog hop! Lunar New Year, more commonly known as Chinese New Year, starts on February 16. It is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, and we have lots of great ideas for celebrating it with kids! Don’t miss our series from last year, 2016 and 2015, and you can find even more on our Chinese New Year Pinterest board:


Participating Blogs

Creative World of Varya on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Earth Dog Year Fun Facts
Bicultural Mama: Chinese Soup Dumplings (Xiǎo Lóng Bāo): What They Are and How to Eat
Crafty Moms Share: The Year of the Dog
Miss Panda Chinese
Creative World of Varya: Ten Fun Facts about Teachin in China {What It Is Actually Not}
the gingerbread house: Simple Chinese New Year Lantern Craft for Kids to Make
ChrissyJee.com: Healthy Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Teaching Justice to Children

O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.” ~ Baha’u’llah
Over the generations people fought for justice, equality, and peace. I believe all these fundamental virtues are taught from childhood. So today I want to share with you on how we teach justice to our children. 

Justice is a powerful human virtue. It allows us to measure our actions and act upon consideration for other people. 

Justice is not about “bringing someone to justice” and, therefore, judging them and sentencing them. It is about equality and fairness for all people. It is about a chance for everyone to get access to education, jobs, healthcare; for every child to have a chance to grow in normal conditions, surrounded by happiness. 

Justice is one of the principals that Martin Luther King stood for. Justice frees us from prejudice, it allows us to make judgements based on character, not skin colour, or nationality. Justice gives a fair chance to everyone without exception. It requires everyone to follow the rules and laws. 

Here are some tips on how you can nurture justice in your children:

1. Created simple rules that all family has to follow. E.g. everyone has to brush their teeth before bed. Everyone has to clean up after themselves. 

2. Talk about equality and what it means. Discuss responsibilities and how they change with the age. 

3. Discuss some age appropriate news with your children on what is going in the world. Ask them to think of the ways they think the problems can be solved. 

4. If your family is religious, you can say a prayer once a day together for healing the world. If you are not religious, you can create some confirmations to share that your children can repeat every day. For example: “I am of this world. And this world is mine. It belongs to me just as it belongs to everyone else. Today I am sending healing vibes to the worlds and its citizens”.

5. Teach children generosity, sharing, compassion, caring. You can see some of the examples on how to approach these virtues in my Virtues Series.

6. Teach your children to love the world. To avoid discrimination. To accept everyone as they are. This doesn’t mean letting things slide if someone is doing something terrible. It means keeping hope for everyone can change and everyone deserves a chance to life. 

Martin Luther King Day for Kids on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to our fourth annual blog hop on Martin Luther King Day for Kids! Find great ideas for commemorating MLK Day with kids and don’t miss our series from last year as well as 2016 and 2015! For even more, be sure to follow our Black History Pinterest board!

Follow Multicultural Kid Blogs’s board Black History on Pinterest.

Participating Blogs

Crafty Moms Share on Multicultural Kid Blogs –

Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior Book Review

Creative World of Varya – Teaching Justice to Children

Raising World Children:

7 Life Lessons Acts of Service Inspire

Jeddah Mom

Best of 2017 and January 2018 Goals

Those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter have already received a letter from me sharing Best of 2017 Posts and some of my January 2018 Goals. Today I want to share more with you and hear back from you, too!

Last year was quite challenging, yet exciting. I started a new job, I opened a new company. I am slowly moving towards my life’s dreams becoming true, to becoming self-employed.

I also received two trainings to add to my skills: Pediatrics for Breastfeeding Counselors, and Post-Partum Doula Certificate. This has broadened my area of expertise, allowing me to consult moms and dads on many different things related to childbirth, breastfeeding, post-partum care, and more.

This month I have very simple goals for my blog:

  • As you have noticed, I have improved newsletter sign up options. So I hope to grow my audience this year.
  • I am working on adjusting some things related to my blog’s design. I love the theme I use, but I am hoping to improve it all.
  • I have designed my first Freebie for newsletter subscribers. So this goal for January 2018 has been reached!
  • I revived Virtues Series, and hope to revive/introduce more regular posts to my blog.

As for my life’s goals for January 2018:

  • Start homeschooling our oldest. Yes, we have finally decided to give a try for 6 months. There are many reasons why we want to do it. But we won’t know how it goes till later. Note: we are not against schooling. We believe there are so many ways to get education, and everyone chooses the one most suitable for their family.
  • Finish setting up my consultancy. This is a big task and probably will stretch into February and March.
  • Work on my patience. Yes, I admit that it is one virtue that keeps fluctuating!

And now, what you have been waiting for – Best post of 2017!

In my newsletter I listed 5 posts of all times that have performed the best in 2017. But here I would like to share on post written in 2017 that performed the best in the same year.

Here it is…

Wait a moment…

Almost there…


Expat’s Emergency Checklist

Please check this post from Teach Me Mommy to see what her Best of 2017 was!

Thank you again for reading my blog and for your support!


While you are at it, stop by Mama Smiles and 3 Dinosaurs to see what goals they have set this month! There are some awesome goals to look forward to!

Virtues Series: Peaceful Dove Craft


I felt it would be great to start the new year with reviving my series – Virtues Series! It was quite successful and I hope to continue sharing ideas and love with you. If you are new to my blog, subscribe this month to receive a Freebie: 9 Printable Virtues Cards with suggested activities! You can also download a set of cards on Quotes on Equality and Peace I created almost 2 years ago.

Today I want to talk to you about Peacefulness. It is a new year, we are 18 years into the 21st century, but our world is still being shaken by so much dispute, wars and tragedies. Our children are growing up not knowing what peace truly is.

When I was growing up, we celebrated Children’s Day by having Side walk Chalk Pictures contests. And every year, as far as I remember, I drew the same picture: a bomb broken in half and crossed with red lines, and in the middle – a white dove, a symbol of peace. And the words that translate into English as: “Peace to Peace, We don’t need Wars!”

So besides sharing with you how wonderful peace is, and some tips to promote peacefulness at home, I want to share a simple craft that you can make with your children at home. You can also draw it with chalk on side walks!

Materials needed:

A piece of white paper

A marker or a pencil of your choice



A straw or a chopstick


Trace your hands on a piece of white paper, in a way so your thumbs meet.

Shape the dove by drawing a head and a tail

Draw some lines on your hand prints to mimic the feathers

Cut out and stick a straw/a chopstick to the back

How to use this dove to promote peacefulness:

  1. Using a map of the world, talk about places that are now at war. Send the dove to those countries on the map. Wish them peace.
  2. Keep the dove in a visible place. Make an agreement that when someone in the family is not feeling very peaceful, they should first get the dove and think about what bothers them, and then try and express their feelings differently.
  3. Learn and sing “Peace is the world smiling”

I hope you enjoyed making the Peace Dove with us today. I wish you a peaceful year ahead!