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Homa Sabet Tavangar
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Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of Growing up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World (Ballantine/Random House), the mother of three children ages 7 to 17, and a frequent speaker on global perspectives to corporations and K-12 communities. See her recent TEDx Talk. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter and visit Growing Up Global

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Talking to My 10-Year-Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls: #BringBackOurGirls

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Beyond our usual "what's the best thing that happened to you today" conversation at dinnertime, we've added some social media sharing -- talking about a video or story that's gone viral that day. Our first time watching Pharrell's "Happy" or Kid President's Pep Talk came after...

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This Is What a Holy Day Celebration Looks Like

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 12:47 PM

When the operatic tenor of the young Peruvian man, David (pronounced dah-VEED), whom I had just met at the door, projected throughout the packed, large room with his confident rendering of portions of Handel's Messiah, I had to strain my neck to see that it was really him, accompanied by...

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5 Reasons the First Indian-American Crowned Miss America Represents Best Aspirations for Modern America

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:21 PM

I didn't watch Miss America, but now I wish I had. Monday morning I woke up to a fascinating news feed about backlash on the winner, Miss New York, an Indian-American, and a first. But just as her mascara-punctuated tears began to flow as the tiara graced her perfect coif,...

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Youth Can Move the World: Just Ask Uncle Kracker

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 11:50 AM

I'm a new fan of country singer, Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, starred in his latest video, "Blue Skies", as the take-charge, kid director. As my family has gotten a kick out of showing the video to friends, I've thought more and more about...

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An Anniversary of Celestial Proportions: Sally Ride and Mona Mahmoudnizhad

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:23 PM

I've been feeling very sentimental. My youngest daughter "graduated" from elementary school this week, just on the heels of her big sister graduating from high school; and the eldest is home briefly from a successful year in college. When I opened my computer expecting to see photos of 10-year-olds from...

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From Boston: A World Citizen's Reflection During Lockdown

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 12:10 PM

I have a cousin who continually inspires me, and who happens to be a life-long Bostonian. She lives close enough to the shootings in Watertown that they woke her up at night, and as I write this, I learn that my brother and his wife can hear sirens in their...

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Happy Nowruz to All!

(7) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 12:11 PM

I'm having a holiday sensory overload today. It's International Day of Happiness. It's the Spring Equinox. It's the New Year for Persians who have celebrated this holiday for thousands of years. And it's the last day of the Baha'i Fast, marking the New Year, or Nowruz (Persian for New Year)...

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Love, Not Fear, After Newtown

(11) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 11:06 AM

The day after the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., at the busy Trader Joe's near my home in Pennsylvania, a well-dressed, middle-aged man behind me in line had a large button on that read "Freedom First. NRA." I couldn't ignore it and asked him: "Has anyone commented on that button...

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A Teachable Moment About the U.S. Election -- Thanks to Foreign News

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 6:16 PM

Driving this morning with my 9-year-old and half-listening to the BBC news on the radio yielded a nice, teachable moment. They advertised their round-the-clock election coverage of the U.S. presidential race. It sounded momentous and a little urgent. I took their tone for granted, but I'm glad my daughter, Sophia,...

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How a World Map Can Feed the Spirit and the Body

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 3:44 PM

When I excitedly opened the cardboard tube containing the new Children Inspire Design map delivered to my door, my first reaction was perplexity. The world map had no countries identified on it, but did have whimsical animals and people. What's the good of a map without, at minimum,...

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Raising Kids Who Care

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 6:04 PM

It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy 4-year-old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she...

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5 Easy Tips to Connect with Nature and the World During the 2012 Olympics -- and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 2:26 PM

Imagine if the children of leaders from Iran, North Korea, the United States and Cuba could meet in a park far away from political posturing and just play outside, where they might invent a version of "tag" or a relay race involving water, balls, racing back and forth and cheering...

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Dear Southwest Airlines, Our Children Are Paying Attention, Stop Degrading 50% of the Population

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:39 AM

More and more people are recognizing the exploitation of women's images in the media and the impact it can have on our daughters -- and our sons. They are pushing back, not gonna take it anymore. I am impressed by the mainstream embrace of courageous campaigns, like my local Costco's...

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Parenting 2.0: Raising A Compassionate, Innovative Citizen Of The World, Not The 'Next Steve Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 1:17 PM

If parents want to raise children who rise to the top in the hyper-competitive global economy, whether the goal is to out-innovate, out-smart, out-shine their contemporaries or to create lasting change for a better world, what will it take? A new book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young...

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10 Baha'i Women Every Person Should Know

(44) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:30 AM

"Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God" --Bahá'u'lláh.

For Bahá'ís, equality and empowerment are essential spiritual principles. This is illuminated by the metaphor "The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. When the two...

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Sending Off My Nervous Baby Into the World -- of Standardized Testing

(24) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 3:38 PM

I'm mad this morning. My 8 year-old (Eight! Yes, just eight! In third grade!) is a nervous wreck. Today is the first day of PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or Pissed Students Seriously Anxious?!) standardized testing at her school. They've been prepping for weeks (or is it months?) to...

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Celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha: A Holiday You Haven't Heard Of

(32) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Despite volumes of parenting advice and research, which seem to have multiplied over the past generation and get revised annually, when it comes to the day-to-day labor of love of raising our children, most parents do what their parents and parents' parents did before: go with our gut. In other...

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Simple Steps to Experiencing a Global Community

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 12:06 PM

I was fascinated to see that the New York Times piece about foreign-born affluent, educated parents sending their kids to New York City public school in higher proportions than their American-born counterparts is the most e-mailed (and second-most viewed) article this morning on the Times website. It fascinates...

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You Don't Have to Be Chinese to Celebrate the Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 12:08 PM

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....

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5 Ways Families Can Honor Dr. King & The Dream

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 9:17 AM

I think it's essential that kids of all backgrounds grow up with memories of actively marking Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. At most schools this is a day off, and a growing movement advocates making this a "day on." When parents engage with their children on important matters Dr....

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