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IMPORTANT: The Future of SpanglishBaby

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In February, it’ll be five years since we published our first post and shared SpanglishBaby with the world. So much has happened since then… We’ve become a strong community of like-minded parents sharing tips and info on what has worked for us as we raise bilingual children, we wrote our first book Bilingual is Better and we met many other wonderful people in the same journey both online and in real life. Today, our own spanglishbabies are no longer bebés.Read More ...

The New Year’s Resolution That I Hope Will Keep My Kids Bilingual

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My kids are too little to understand what New Year’s resolutions are all about, so I’m making just one for them. I’ve never been too much into resolutions because they’re so hard to keep, but this one is of extreme importance, and I plan on doing everything in my power to make it a reality in 2014 and in the years to come. You see, my kids have started doing something I dreaded ever since Santiago was born: they areRead More ...

How to Celebrate Three Kings Day/Día de Reyes at Disneyland Resort

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Disneyland Resort celebrates the holidays in Latin-style with “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!”. The grand finale is a commemoration of the Three Kings Day/Día de Reyes from Jan. 3-6, 2014. As we shared with you when the  ¡Viva Navidad! celebrations started last month, we’ve been extremely excited by the way our culture is being interpreted for our kids to immerse themselves in it. From the fabulous Street Party with Mojiganga puppets, mariachi and samba music, folkloric dancers and the Three Caballeros and MickeyRead More ...

Disneyland’s Pozole Recipe for Día de Reyes {Video}

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Disneyland Resort has been celebrating la Navidad a lo grande with “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” throughout the holiday season with beautiful shows, music, activities and food that celebrates nuestra cultura. The grand finale is an observance of Día de Reyes from Friday, Jan. 3 to Monday, Jan. 6. We were there for a media event to capture some of this Three Kings Day magic, happening at Paradise Pier Gardens in Disney’s California Adventure Park, and got the chance to meet withRead More ...

Our Bilingual Family’s Proudest Holiday Moment

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La Plaza Olvera is where the heart of Mexican culture in Los Angeles beats. This is where all the tourists go to in downtown to get a feel of a traditional plaza with its mercadito, churros, tamales and obligatory knick knacks to buy. But Olvera Street is more than a tourist spot, it’s a historical landmark known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” or Nuestra Ciudad de Los Angeles. So imagine how thrilled we were when Camila’s Spanish music teacherRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Dec. 20

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The Mysteries of Bilingualism II on Psychology Today — Prof. François Grosjean delves into aspects of bilingualism that remain an enigma. In this case, he writes about language choice, code-switching and language interferences — topics that have been researched at the linguistic level, but not at the cognitive and neurolinguistic ones. ¡Aprender español está de moda! on El Sentinel — A look at how more and more people are realizing the importance of learning Spanish as a second language. New Fort Worth program will graduate bilingualRead More ...

Dear Moms: Let’s Not Cut Our Umbilical Culture

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Watching your kids and their cousins: running around freely in a beautiful farm,  playing hide and seek,  milking cows, riding horses, making pretend soup by mixing water and flowers,  looking at the stars at night and more,  are beautiful things for a parent to see. Seeing kids play so happily in the country side, was not only a wonderful thing into itself, but it was also amazing that a couple of the kids there, my kids, live most of theRead More ...

Balancing Traditions in a Multicultural Family

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If you are a family with multiple cultures represented, a family that has immigrated to a new country, a mixed race family, an interfaith family, una familia multilingüe, an adoptive family, an expat family, a host family, holidays are a balancing act of choosing “which,” “how,” and “when” to incorporate the different traditions and customs. In our family, my husband is from Mexico, I am from the U.S., and we have two biological daughters, and two sons who are adoptedRead More ...

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