The summers here in Pittsburgh are fun – we take lots of trips to the pool, we try to go camping, we join the library book club and we do a lot of exploring around the city. But this summer, we have a new goal: the kids want to start learning French so we’re going to learn about France in our own city of Pittsburgh. Read more…

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Condé Nast Traveler recently voted Pittsburgh as one of the top three places in the world to visit in 2015. And why not? Our city is beautiful and filled with dedicated people working hard to make it a world-class city. But as parents, how do we guide our children to appreciate what others see in Pittsburgh? How can we help them see the city as part of a global community as Condé Nast Traveler does? Read more…

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I have always loved maps. World maps, grocery store maps, those old city and state maps that you’d unfold and never be able to fold back just right – I like how they present information in a visual way. Now as a parent, I would be thrilled if my kids grow up loving maps. Even if they don’t love them, though, I am determined that they will grow up at least knowing how to understand them and use them to explore the world. Read more…

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International travel is rewarding and you should do it at every opportunity. Until then, or in between trips, don’t forget to explore the world right here in Pittsburgh. Take the kids for Ukrainian food, marvel at fancy Italian cars, learn Greek dancing and go back in time to 16th century England. While you’re globe-trotting around the city, just remember you’ll still be home sweet home at bedtime. Bon voyage! Read more…

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I think that one of Pittsburgh’s best attributes is its ability to teach us to value other places as well. The many diverse communities throughout the city offer regular opportunities to learn about cultures from around the world. I seek these kinds of things out for my own interest — but now as a parent, I appreciate them as occasions to encourage a global perspective in my children. There’s a ton of ways (many of them free) to learn about the world right here in Pittsburgh Read more…

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