Christmas is less than two weeks away and, as usual, I haven't even started shopping for my kids' gifts. Part of the reason is that both of them have decided they want pretty expensive toys this Christmas and my husband and I haven't figured out what we'll be doing, since they're definitely NOT getting everything they've ask for.
All this got me thinking, how do you figure out how much to spend on Christmas gifts to avoid both bankruptcy and spoiling your kids?Continue Reading >
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:Continue Reading >
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.Continue Reading >
When your kids are climbing up the walls and about to drive you nuts, corraling them for a walk or a trip to the park is a great way to decompress--and tire them out! But what's a mom to do when the temperatures are near freezing and the great outdoors is no longer so appealing? Well, you can hide in a corner until bedtime, or you can come up with a few fun ways to kill all that time spent indoors. Here are some of my favorites to get you started:
As the days get colder and the air chillier, it can be quite the task to figure out how to stimulate your child's adventurous spirit. Long walks around town, half-day playground sessions, and picnics in the park aren't so practical during the colder months, especially when you have small children, but that doesn't mean you're destined to spend every day behind the four walls of your home. There are actually quite a few outings you can embark on that will keep you at least mostly sheltered from the elements. And with the gift-giving season approaching, an added bonus is that most of them won't cost you anything at all. Here are six great free or dirt-cheap family-friendly outings:Continue Reading >
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 ...Continue Reading >
So a pre-K teacher is under fire for sending her 3- and 4-year-old students home with a note urging their parents to give them a bath and dress them in clean clothes. Ok, she didn't say it in as many words, but that's pretty much what she meant. And, in all honesty, I'm having a hard time seeing what she did wrong.Continue Reading >
Thanksgiving is Thursday and I am so thankful for so much this year. Mostly, I am thankful for the people in my life. Everything else is icing on the cake. Like many parents, I have spent a lot of time and money trying to make sure that my children have everything I didn't. That was important to me because I know what it is like to go without. I grew up poor and we didn't have much. Everything we did have, we were thankful for because we knew what going without felt like. I overcorrected and I spoiled my children.
They are not bratty but they are not as thankful as they should be; not as thankful as I would have been. To truly appreciate the things you have, you need to experience going without. I am trying to teach my daughters to be thankful for what they have and to know that every person, thing and day is a gift.Continue Reading >
There is nothing that bores children more than going to a party for adults where no one has thought about them and their needs. So if you don't want your Thanksgiving feast to be ruined by a few bored kids or you're worried that your children won't be able to last too long at the dinner you've been invited to, here are five tips to make sure they're entertained and a good time can be had by all!Continue Reading >
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.Continue Reading >