Roxana A. Soto
I'm a Peruvian immigrant who moved to Miami at 14. As a journalist, I've been creating bilingual/bicultural content for print, online and television for 20 years. My Puerto Rican husband and I are raising our two kids – Vanessa + Santiago – in gorgeous Colorado where they're growing up between two worlds and in two languages. In 2009, I co-founded SpanglishBaby, a site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. My first book, Bilingual is Better, was published in 2012.I know I'm Latina when...
my children call me mami.
Roxana A.'s Latest Posts
On top of the fact that, so far, this has been one of the most exciting world cups I've watched thanks to all the Latin American countries that have made it to the Round of 16, I can't deny that one of the things I've enjoyed the most have been the awesome commercials aired since even before the World Cup Brazil 2014 got started.
Check out some of the favorites out there:
Summer is a great time to immerse your kids in as much Spanish as possible. For starters, they're no longer in school, which means there's less daily stresses for both them and you. Plus, you'll probably be taking some time off to go on vacation and, even if you're not, summer days are much longer, which means you get to spend a lot more time with them.Continue Reading >
I'm not going to lie, I always get real happy when I find out someone is growing up in a bilingual household. I feel like the more the merrier and I love to see how there seem to be more and more families who are realizing the benefits of bilingualism. It also helps to see how many celebrity kids are growing up bilingual because I think it makes this way of raising kids even more mainstream. So check out our list of celebrity kids that are growing up with more than one language.Continue Reading >
The World Cup 2014 starts tomorrow! Like in many latino households, my kids and I will be watching and cheering for our favorite teams. Fútbol has always been a part of my life and even though my Puerto Rican husband is not a huge fan, I want my kids to enjoy the next few weeks like I used to as a child back in Peru.
I'll never forget the 1986 World Cup, for example, when Argentina won and my family and I took to the streets to celebrate. Although we're not Argentinian, we lived there for a couple of years and have always felt a strong connection to the beautiful country. Plus, when a team from another country from Latin America wins, most Latin Americans rejoice!Continue Reading >
Although I didn't grow up watching Sesame Street, I always knew I wanted to expose my kids to the wonderful, entertaining and educational program. Nothing made me happier than finding out that they were going to add an additional Latino character to their regular cast last fall and Mando has not disappointed.
But I've also been very grateful to see many Latino celebrity guests on Sesame Street, especially the ones that I can play over and over again to help my children with their Spanish. Check out the videos below and be ready to be surprised by some old school ones, including the one with Ricky Martin as a teen!Continue Reading >