Getting kids to fall asleep at bedtime can be a Herculean task. Toddlers and young children are infamous for their anti-sleep antics, so much so that it has been well-documented in books, TV shows and movies for years. But what some scientist are coming to realize is that this may not just be because of the rebellious nature of young children--it may actually be caused by bedtimes not lining up with biological rhythms.Continue Reading >
I have to say, watching my son grow from a baby into a toddler has been a little shocking. He has grown by leaps and bounds, and at 18 months, he is starting to resemble a full-on child rather than a baby. The challenge I'm finding now is how to continually teach and stimulate him so that he continues to flourish just as well throughout his toddler years--which last a whole lot longer than the baby phase. The funny thing is, although babyhood seems to fade fairly quickly after the first birthday, most of the information that is available for parents as far as how to help your young child develop and grow properly seems to be focused on that brief period of time. You really have to dig to find information about toddlers--it always seems to be mashed in between the newborn and pre-school stuff.Continue Reading >
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:Continue Reading >
The irresponsible parents of a 23-month-old boy have been arrested after it was discovered they tried to force him to smoke marijuana at their home in Buffalo, New York. According to police, Jessica and George Kelsey, the boy's teen parents, packed a marijuana pipe and lit it before they gave it to the toddler as they helped or encouraged him to smoke it. Incredibly, the child's grandfather--Jessica's dad--was present during the abusive and despicable incident and you won't believe what he did ...Continue Reading >
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 >