Making The Foreign Familiar

As parents, we try to teach our children everything, but considering all the time spent in school, it is inevitable that they will pick up habits and ideas from friends in school. One of Ryder’s classmates always talks about her weekly excursions to Chinatown with her family.  One day after she gave Ryder a business card to a Chinatown restaurant and when he came home from school, he asked if we could go to Chinatown. We live so close, and over the years, we’ve walked through a number of times. But, when I thought about it, we never actually enjoyed the shops or restaurants, so with some recommendations under our belt, we headed to out to our local, foreign land.

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We stopped in what seemed like every open store front, where the kids played with every little trinket they layed eyes on. The beautiful paper fans were an instant draw for the girls, and Ryder spotted some jade turtle figurines, which he just had to have. Their new toys kept them busy, as we roamed the streets during our lovely evening. I love rediscovering new places in the city, and I am always in wondermant of how it only takes a couple of blocks in NYC, for you to escape to a place total foreign.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of the clothing line Tea Collection and my appreciation grew after getting to know designer, Emily Meyer, during a conference in Costa Rica last year. All of their collections aim to inspire their customers to push boundaries and make the foreign familiar in their own lives.  Opening our children’s eyes to the wonder of the world around them, it shows kids that we have lots in common with other citizens of the world.

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I too agree with Emily in the way that I try to travel as much as we can to expose our children to other cultures and most importantly be able to see other parts of the world. Sometimes even if it’s in our own backyard. Being able to have evening adventures like this is one of the amazing things about living in NYC. The kids are all wearing Tea Collection’s most recent spring collection, that was inspired when Emily took a trip with her family to India.

Review: Tea CollectionFor dinner during our trip to Chinatown, we ate at Shanghai Manor, ordering everything from dim sum to wonton soup. We don’t order out much, so they haven’t had many opportunities to eat Chinese Food, but that didn’t quell their appetites. They finished everything in their plates, requested seconds, and begged to come back there again. After dinner, we continued to stroll around, exploring the streets, while stopping by a bakery for some after supper treats. I turned to Jason, and asked him why we hadn’t brought them down here before.

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It’s these little adventures that hold a special place in my heart, and I hope they feel the same. Through these excursions, I am discovering things I didn’t experience as a child, so I guess I am living vicariously through them. Next week, we have another big adventure on the horizon, which I can’t wait to share with you all, but until then, I encourage you to follow my new words to live by- make the foreign familiar with your family.

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6 thoughts on “Making The Foreign Familiar”

  1. I love that you’re able to start making your kids global citizens by just visiting different areas of the city. What a way to start opening their eyes to the world.

  2. I’ve always been really big on making sure my kids learn more outside of our family customs because living in this city there are endless cultural things to appreciate. And there is so much beauty here!

  3. Perfect, so many places to explore in your backyard. We try to expose the kids to as many cultural differences as possible. Makes them more well rounded and tolerant adults.

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