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.
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As my first year of motherhood came to a close a few months ago, I keep thinking of things I would have done differently or things I wish someone would have told me before I became a mom. The only regret I actually have is that I spent so much of my son's first year of life stressing out about things that ultimately mattered very little. Here are six rules to help keep you from having the same regret:Continue Reading >
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.Continue Reading >
A mom decides to dress her kids up as characters of the insanely popular AMC drama Breaking Bad for Halloween and all hell breaks loose! According to Meredith, whose kids became Little Jesse and Baby Walt just for laughs, people have unfairly questioned her parenting skills after the photo of her children in costume went viral even ending up on actor Aaron Paul's Instagram page.
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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.Continue Reading >
It seems like every time I turn around, there's a new app created specifically for children learning a second language, which is music to my ears! Not too long ago, I could barely find any of these available and now there seem to be so many that it's hard to decide what's good and what's not.Continue Reading >
As new moms, women are often inundated with advice and tips from well-meaning friends and relatives, and oftentimes that advice directly contradicts what we hear from pediatricians and other parenting professionals. Needless to say, figuring out the best way to take care of your baby can be pretty confusing. Now, I will say that I don't always think pediatricians get it right--a mother's intuition is worth its weight in gold, and ultimately how you feel about a certain course of action is probably the most important factor. However, there are some parenting myths and old wives tales that needlessly cause a lot of worry for first-time moms. Here are five of them and why you shouldn't let them stress you out:Continue Reading >