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

5 Cute cartoons to teach your kids Spanish


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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Teacher suspended for having white "cops" shoot black "Michael Browns"

An idiot teacher has been suspended without pay from an elementary school in Alabama after coming up with the grandiose idea of having her sixth grade students reenact the violent incident that has the whole country enraged: the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The teacher, whose name has not been released, had her white students act as cops and her black students as Michael Browns. How is it that such pea-brains get a license to teach?

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Nick Cannon confirms split from Mariah Carey


So it sounds like rumors about Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon splitting weren't just all talk. Cannon himself confirmed today that they've been living in separate houses for months. "There is trouble in paradise," said the 33-year-old host of America's Got Talent in an exclusive interview with "The Insider with Yahoo".

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6 Fun videos in Spanish to share with your bilingual kids

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't like watching YouTube videos. Mine are no exception. And since videos in Spanish are a great option for those of us raising bilingual kids, I'm always on the lookout for good stuff out there. I hope the six I'm sharing here will be useful to you and fun for your kids!

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