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About: Roxana A. Soto

Roxana is a bilingual and bicultural mamá to Vanessa, an inquisitive second-grader, and Santiago, an adventurous preKindie – both of whom are growing up between two worlds and in two languages. A long-time journalist, Roxana oversees SpanglishBaby's editorial content.

Twitter: @roxanaSB

This Spanglish Hurts my Ears

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Although I know most people would just find it funny–I mean, even I chuckled when I first heard it–the truth is I was pretty disturbed by what happened a few days ago while my daughter, Vanessa, was building a house with her pink and purple blocks. We were in the living room and she was telling me what she was doing when, all of a sudden, one of the towers she had built toppled to the ground. Her reaction wasRead More ...

ReadMe: I Know the River Loves Me

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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered and for all the wonderful comments. CONGRATULATION TO OUR WINNER: KALEN! I can’t deny it. I was super excited when I got the package from Children’s Book Press (CPB) containing the book they had sent me to review for our second installment of our new monthly literacy series: ReadMe. I had already had the pleasure of enjoying several of their books from our local library and I couldn’t wait toRead More ...

Share Your Story with Us

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My baby boy is supposed to arrive in about four weeks. ¡Auxilio! (It sounds even more impending now that I’ve written it down like that…) I’m excited and ready to meet him, but I’m also a bit worried about how our family’s dynamic will change and how my daughter, Vanessa, will react once she finally meets her “manito“–as she calls him. Another concern of mine is how I’ll get used to the grueling and demanding schedule associated with having aRead More ...

Quinceañera: A Latina Girl’s Dream

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Twelve years seems like a very long time. That’s how much time has to pass before my daughter, Vanessa, turns 15. But because of some pretty huge contest in which the winner could get a party package worth $45,000 for the Quinceañera of her dreams–don’t worry, I’ll share all the details below–I’ve been thinking about this rite of passage tradition and all its implications. I did not celebrate my 15th birthday with what is commonly known in the Latino communityRead More ...

Sign Language: Useful Links

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Today’s the last day of our special series dedicated to sign language and how it can be used as a bridge between languages for all those of us raising our children bilingual. As promised, we wanted to put together a list of useful links and resources related to baby sign language. We hope you take the time to explore all these for they all offer different kinds of information, including visual dictionaries (so you can learn any and all theRead More ...

Sign Language: A Bridge Between Two Languages

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I guess I never really made the correlation, but as I meet more people raising their children bilingual and I read more about the whole concept, it truly makes a lot of sense that those who use the OPOL (one parent-one language) method, have found it incredibly beneficial to also teach their children sign language. Recently, we dedicated a whole week to the topic of the OPOL method since we realized this is the one the majority of you areRead More ...

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