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New Year's resolutions for parents raising bilingual children

Although I'm not huge on making New Year's resolutions because it's hard for me to keep them, I do like the idea of having some specific plans to ensure my children's bilingualism--especially because I feel like, lately, I've been slacking off a bit. And also because my son will be starting Kinder in the fall, which means he'll be exposed to even more English and I'm afraid his Spanish will start to suffer.

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6 Books to teach your bilingual kids all about Three Kings Day

Do you celebrate Three Kings Day? In my house, we do! My husband is from Puerto Rico so he makes sure los Reyes Magos visit our kids every January 6. I used to celebrate it as a child back in Peru, but once we moved to the United States, we kind of lost the tradition. Ever since I became a mom, though, I've been happy to embrace it again and my kids love it. 

Whether you celebrate it or not, here are some book suggestions to either teach your kids about this great tradition or to just read to them as the day gets closer.

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9 Bilingual holiday books to share with your niños

I love reading to my kids. Books have always helped me explain certain concepts and traditions to them and Christmas is no exception. Although we don't own a bunch of bilingual books about the holidays, we do have a couple of really good ones and, through the years, I've found several more at our local library. 

Check out my list of recommendations:

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6 Favorite villancicos to teach your bilingual children this Christmas

Kids love to sing or at least mine do. And music is a great way to expose your kids to Spanish. So since Nochebuena is right around the corner, why not teach them a few Christmas carols in Spanish? Known as villancicos, there are some really beautiful options out there. But if you don't know any or you don't remember the ones from your own childhood, check out the list below that includes videos of my kids favorite villancicos:

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4 Ways to expose your kids to Spanish in your own neighborhood

The most important thing you can do if you're raising bilingual kids is expose them to as much Spanish as possible as often as possible. The truth is that the more they hear the language, the more they'll pick up new vocabulary and pronunciation. While you may think that's only possible at home or at school, there are a few things you can do in your own neighborhood to expose your children to even more Spanish.

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7 Celebrities who are raising bilingual children

Last week, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when it was reported that she urges her children--daughter Apple, who is 9, and son Moses, who is 7--to speak only in Spanish. Paltrow learned Spanish herself when she was a teenager and is trying to make sure both her kids grow up bilingual too because it's obvious she knows the benefits of bilingualism first-hand.

And she's not the only famous parent out there doing so ...

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4 Bilingual books to teach your kids about gratitude this Thanksgiving

Although we should be teaching our kids to be grateful all year long, Thanksgiving is a great time to stress the importance of being appreciative of everything we've been blessed with. If you're raising bilingual kids, you can use the following bilingual books to help you explain the meaning of gratitude and why there's always something to be thankful for.

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5 Bilingual board books to teach your little ones Spanish

If you want your kids to speak Spanish, you should be reading to them all the time. Some people think they have to wait for kids to be older, so they can understand what's been read to them, but that's not true. You can start reading to your baby in the womb! The best option for the littlest ones are board books they can drool on and chew. While I'd like to say there's an abundance of bilingual board books out there, such is not the case. 

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Bilingual bebés on board: Fun ways to teach your kids basic Spanish

Children learn through play. There's no question about it! The more fun they're having, the more they will learn without even noticing. If you're just starting out in your bilingualism journey with your kids, here are some great ideas to help them learn basic vocabulary in Spanish through play. 

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Bilingual bebés on board: 4 Ideas to celebrate Día de Muertos with your kids

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, as it's called in English, is one of my favorite Latino celebrations. I love the idea of celebrating those who are no longer with us. Dia de Muertos gives me the opportunity to talk to my kids about death in a way that's not super sad or scary and it allows me to teach them even more about my beloved father, who left us way before they were born. 

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