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3 Simple Ways to Expose Your Baby to Spanish Before He’s Born

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This post is sponsored by Huggies Latino. As a first-time expectant mother the list of things to think about, prepare for, rejoice in and even panic over seems to be endless. It feels like every day not only brings you closer to holding your bebecito in your arms, but also takes you on that magical roller coaster of new emotions. When my belly started growing with my little girl and I started talking more and more to her, I realizedRead More ...

Why My Daughter’s Doctors Must Speak Spanish

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The U.S. does not have an official language. English certainly plays a vital role and I would be lying if I thought it wasn’t a necessary part of an individuals’ linguistic repertoire in order to succeed in this country. That being said, children at an early age pick up on the high status English carries in their everyday interactions. My nena, for example, already pegs anyone outside her home as “English-speaking.” I have very few friends and family that, inRead More ...

Why I Had to Lie About My Child’s Bilingualism

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Editor’s note: We normally don’t publish anonymous posts, but considering the sensitivity of the issue discussed in the one below, we decided it was the best route to take.  My son started kindergarten at our local school this September. When registering him for his classes, it was necessary to lie about our home language use. Being a teacher, I am well aware of what happens to children who are identified as English Language Learners (ELL). Students are often pulled outRead More ...

Confessions of a Gringa Latina

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You know those butterflies we tend to get when we’re about to do something big? Whether it’s giving a speech, stepping into an important meeting, jumping out of a plane or participating in a race, I am constantly looking for opportunities that provoke this simultaneous feeling of nervousness and excitement. While I admit that I am far from a good singer, and still have much to improve on in terms of speaking in front of a crowd, the favorite butterfliesRead More ...

Hispanic Heritage Month: On Raising Two Little Latino Americans

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My husband claims I’m obsessed with being Latina, (and maybe he’s right), but I just can’t fathom the idea of not teaching my kids about their roots because that’s part of their identity. As the Peruvian mother of two first-generation Latino Americans, I take every opportunity I get to teach them to be proud of their Latino culture. In essence, we celebrate our Hispanic heritage every day through the food we eat, the language we speak, the music we listenRead More ...

Wanted: The Perfect Bilingual Nanny

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We are lucky to have family in the area who can help out with babysitting when needed. Specifically, we have Spanish-speaking family, la abuela, who helps to care for Sofía. In four years, we have never used a babysitter outside of the family. We try to be a self-sufficient unit. I stopped working my job as a teacher to stay home and care for our daughter, so I try to be careful to not need someone else to watch her.Read More ...

16 Online Educational Resources in Spanish for #BilingualKids

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Since my kids aren’t lucky enough to attend a dual language immersion school, I have to figure out ways to expose them to Spanish in an academic setting at home. That’s why I’m always scouring the web for online resources that will help me teach them concepts in subjects like math, science and geography in Spanish. Hope you find these resources helpful! And please feel free to add any others ones you and your children use so we can makeRead More ...

Bilingualism Should Be Seen as a Gift — Regardless of Socio-Economic Status

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Recently, Roxana asked “Is it Wrong for Bilingual Children in the US to Learn Spanish before English?” Among the comments on SpanglishBaby’s Facebook page, one comment particularly struck me… a fellow SpanglishBaby contributor Suzanne Mateus, said “the controversy is particularly sensitive when the children come from working class homes.”  Suzanne makes a great point. People’s reaction to a parent speaking to her child in Spanish (or any other minority language) might vary depending on their perceptions of who you are.Read More ...

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