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SpanglishBaby Dads: How I Fell in Love with Spanish & Became a Bilingual Father

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us. On November 11, 2009, I was just another young man trying to make his way in the world. Some of us college-aged kids from church were starting a small group, and we were kicking it off with a little get together atRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: The Steps We’re Taking to Raise a Bilingual Daughter

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us.  I am a bit protective of my daughter’s developing bilingual—but especially Spanish—proficiency. Perhaps this is because, as I mentioned in a previous post, I learned Spanish as a second language, and I am the only Spanish speaker on bothRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: How A Meal Inspired A Father To Raise His Daughter Bilingual

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us. I first fell in love with Argentine asado several years ago on a magical New Year’s Eve in Mar del Plata, Argentina. It was my first trip to South America and I was meeting my wife’s large, extended family for the firstRead More ...

Your Heritage Should Not Be Foreign to Your Children

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I have been teaching languages for over five years now. Although I don’t have kids of my own, I spend most of my day helping parents reach the goal of bilingualism for their children, and I listen to all of their complaints. Many parents say that once their kids start elementary school, they refuse to speak Spanish at home. Most parents eventually end up giving up trying because they just want to spend time enjoying their kids rather than fighting.Read More ...

Why We Moved Our Family to Mexico for One Year

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It was a Monday afternoon, my husband and I were in the kitchen watching an episode of House Hunters International, we turned to look at each other and our eyes said it all, at that moment we decided to grab our children and go on an adventure. From the moment we knew we were going to be parents, my husband and I knew that our children would be bilingual. But at that time we did not imagine how challenging itRead More ...

A Letter to My Future Bilingual & Bicultural Daughter

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  Dear Mija, When your daddy and I got married we wrote our own vows. Vows are kind of like promises that are deeply personal, but you say in front of family and friends at a wedding. On that day in my white dress and lace veil, holding your dad’s hand, I told him: I promise to respect your heritage and your culture and one day teach our children about the beauty found in our differences. We made lots ofRead More ...

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