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4 Ideas to celebrate El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros with your kids

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:

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5 Easter books in Spanish your bilingual kids will love

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. 

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5 Fun videos to teach your kids Spanish

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! 

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6 Reasons why every child should be bilingual

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.

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College preparedness

Latinos are now largest minority group in college campuses nationwide

Finally, some good news regarding Latinos and higher education. The Pew Hispanic Center has just released some very encouraging numbers for 2011 and they basically show that for the first time, more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college. This means that Latinos are now the largest minority group with a record 16.5 percent enrollment share in the country's four-year college campuses. 

When it comes to two-year colleges, Latinos now account for one quarter (or 25.2 percent) of the 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled. 

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4 Sites to check out if you're raising bilingual kids

When raising a bilingual child, you need all the help you can get. Luckily, in an age when we pretty much do everything online, you can access a lot of resources to help you in your journey via the internet. And believe, you're going to need them!

Today, I'd like to share 4 sites that you should check out if you're raising bilingual children because I'm sure you'll find them pretty useful.

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Are you a Gringa mommy or a mamá Latina?

My gringa friends have been raised much more independent thinking than so many Latinas whose identities and self-worth are largely defined by the collective experience and success of their familia.

Today my youngest sister and her family are relocating to Miami and leaving Chile (where my mom, dad, abuela and extended family all live) because her husband got a better job there. My youngest sister is the last one of my siblings to leave Chile. My other sister lives in South Africa. Only now do I truly understand what it's like for a mamá Latina to let go of her pollitos as they grow older and pursue their own dreams no matter where they may take them.

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4 Mistakes to avoid when raising a bilingual child

In the last seven years since I became a mom and decided to raise my children to speak both English and Spanish, I've encountered many bilingual parents who've told me they regret not doing the same thing with their own children. When I ask what prevented them from doing so, I get all kinds of answers but, in the end, it always seems to boil down to lack of perseverance.

Raising bilingual children is not easy, but it's totally doable, especially if you avoid making these mistakes:

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6 Children's book publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids

One of my biggest complaints when I became a mom more than seven years ago was that I couldn't get my hands on quality bilingual and Spanish children's books. As an advocate for raising bilingual kids, I'm well aware that reading to our children in the minority language is of extreme importance in order to succeed. Fortunately, things have changed a lot in the last few years, which is why I'm able to share the following list of outstanding publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids. 

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8 Traditional children's songs in Spanish your kids will love (VIDEO)

My kids LOVE music and one of the fun ways we've made sure to keep Spanish alive in our bilingual home is through songs. I try to expose my kids to all kinds of music genres in Spanish and that's why, right now, some of their favorites include Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony and Shakira. But I've also introduced them to a lot of the songs I used to sing as a child back in Peru and they love them!

The lyrics are short and can be very funny, but they're also an excellent way to help your kids expand their vocabulary in Spanish without even realizing it.

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