Next Wednesday is one of my favorite children's celebration. Known in Spanish as El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros and observed every April 30 for the last 18 years, the idea behind DÍA is to celebrate children and books. What's not to love about that?
Books are an absolutely excellent way to help your niños become bilingual, so this is the perfect celebration in my home. Every year we do something different and my kids have tons of fun. Here are some ideas you can try with yours:Continue Reading >
Easter is right around the corner and besides making cascarones with my bilingual kids, I also like to take the time to talk to them about what this celebration is all about. One of easiest ways to do this in a fun and understandable way is through children's books in Spanish--especially if you have little ones who are still too young to understand some more difficult concepts.Continue Reading >
One of the most important tips I always give parents raising bilingual kids is to make sure they make the journey as fun as possible. The minute learning Spanish starts becoming a chore or a burden for your kids, I guarantee you'll run into all kinds of resistance.
Music and games are a great way to expose them to Spanish in a super fun way, but letting them watch videos online is also an option. Check out some of my kids' favorite ones and you'll be surprised how much vocabulary your niños will pick up without even realizing it just by watching them!Continue Reading >
Dads know that when they have a daughter they will do everything in their power to protect them. It also seems that no matter what their age, they will always be daddy's little girl. Fathers are especially hesitant when their daughters show interest in the opposite sex because we all know the only thing on boys brains.
One dad took it upon himself to make sure his daughter promised him she will NEVER have a boyfriend. So does it go according to plan? We'll let you decide...Continue Reading >
I've always kind of liked Gwyneth Paltrow, especially after she teamed up with Mario Batali and Mark Bittman a couple of years ago for the PBS miniseries Spain: A Culinary Road Trip and her subsequent run on Glee. I mean, she's definitely always been that waspy, holier-than-thou celebrity it-girl type that I have pretty much nothing in common with, but I've enjoyed her movies over the years, I like that she's passionate about food, and that she's kept her personal life pretty private.
But OMG, did she just tell E! News that parenting is harder for her than for moms who work 9-to-5?! Yup, it looks like she did, and the general public isn't taking it so well. Mackenzie Dawson, a writer for the New York Post, wrote an open letter to Gwynnie and I agree with every scathing word. Read on to find out what exactly Ms. Paltrow said to spur on such fury.Continue Reading >
Being bilingual has been a real blessing in my life. It has opened the door to so many opportunities that would've been unthinkable had I been monolingual. Although my reasons for raising bilingual kids have more to do with heritage than anything else, I'm not going to deny that the added benefits that you'll find below don't make me extremely happy that my kids speak both English and Spanish.Continue Reading >
After years of begging his mother for a leg amputation, 11-year-old Amit Vigoda of San Francisco, will finally get his wish on April 10. Amit was born with the rare condition of congenital pseudoarthrosis of the tibia and fibula (the two bones that compose the lower leg) with osteofibrous displaysia--the main symptom of which is chronic fracturing. He has undergone multiple surgeries throughout his short life and a bit more than a year ago, he began routinely waking up with horrible pain due to all of the rods and nuts and bolts that have been placed in his leg over the years. Reading about what he's been through, it's easy to see why he's been asking for his leg to be amputated ...Continue Reading >
I would consider myself a modern woman, so when I heard that "purity balls" are becoming wildly popular, I was honestly shocked. Over 48 states now hold these special father-daughter dance, the concept is sort of like a wedding, except in this case the little girls are "marrying" god and promising to stay virgins until marriage via purity rings and promises made to their fathers.
Um, I thought we were in 2014 here?
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When it comes to childcare, Latinas know a thing or two about it, which is why I wasn't surprised when I learned that the royal family is taking a cue from us. Kate Middleton and Prince William have hired Spanish nanny, Maria Teres Trullion Borrallo to care for their son Prince George. Now this nanny isn't any ordinary nanny. While she may take on some typical caretaking duties, she is also trained in martial arts and has a background that would make James Bond blush.
Being in this profession for over two decades means that Borrallo is truly dedicated to her craft. Wow, she sounds like the caretaker of every mother's dream!
I always thought I would make a great mom to a little girl. As a fairly girly girl, I always just assumed mothering a girl would come naturally. But, I'm not a mom to a girl, I'm a mom to a boy. A very young, very impressionable little boy, who I know learns something from each and every one of our interactions. I often find myself questioning what I want him to know about traditional gender roles, wondering if it's okay for him to play with that pink starfish or if I'm encouraging him to be girly by baking with him and reading to him so often. It's absolutely ridiculous, but it really is a result of the societal constructions I grew up with--American ideals paired with Latino machismo. I find myself correcting my own thinking and consulting with my husband A LOT about what is and isn't okay for a little boy--about what we want to teach him about being a man.