Roxana A. Soto

I'm a Peruvian immigrant who moved to Miami at 14 after living in Argentina, Mexico and South Africa. I'm a bilingual, multimedia journalist with over 20 years experience. I'm the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, a site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children, and the co-author of Bilingual is Better. But my most important role is that of mom of 2 kids whom my husband and I are raising between two worlds and with two languages.

I know I'm Latina when...

my children call me mami.

Roxana A.'s Latest Posts

10 Ways to make maracas with your kids

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One way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is by making Hispanic arts & crafts with your kids. Since I'm not very crafty, but my kids love making stuff with their hands, I'm always looking for easy ones. And nothing could be easier and more fun than making maracas!

We've made maracas in the past, as you'll see in the slideshow below, but I imagined there was probably a bunch of different ways of making these fun instruments that all kids love and I was right! Below, you'll find 10 maraca crafts that range from the super easy to the more elaborate. 

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8 Mistakes all parents make when raising bilingual kids

It's tough admitting you've made a parenting mistake, but the earlier you accept it, the better off everyone will be--especially when it comes to raising bilingual children. I've learned a lot from my own mistakes as I've attempted to raise my two kids bilingual the past eight years. But I've also learned a lot from all the parents I've been in touch with thanks to SpanglishBaby.com.

Allow me to share the most common mistakes and how to fix them:

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10 Children's books by Latino authors your kids should read!

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I love Hispanic Heritage Month! Although we celebrate our Latino culture and traditions on a daily basis at home, it's always nice when others around us take a moment, in this case a month, to recognize everything Latinos have contributed to this country.

With that in mind, I've put together a list of children books written by Latino authors that my kids have enjoyed and that I think yours will too!

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5 Cute cartoons to teach your kids Spanish

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If you're raising bilingual kids, cartoons are a fun way to expose them to Spanish. Since I don't let my kids watch a lot of TV, I am very selective about the programming I do give them permission to watch. One big rule I've enforced, especially when they were younger, is that whatever they watch must be in Spanish. Here are five cartoons that are perfect for your little ones to learn more Spanish while having fun.

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5 Ways to get your kids to speak to you in Spanish

One of the biggest frustrations parents raising bilingual kids have is that although they speak Spanish to their children all the time, they usually can't get them to respond in the minority language. Most of the times, it has to do with typical and normal rebellion on the part of children who don't want to be different from the rest, but some times it's not that. Some times it's just that speaking English comes more natural for a child, especially if the exposure he or she is receiving to Spanish is minimal. Such is the case with a dear friend of mine who wrote me an email recently asking me for advice. 

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