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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 ...

Let’s Fill The Truck with Toys for Kids in Need

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Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the things I want to make sure my two kids understand is that there are lots of children who are not as fortunate as they are — especially this time of year when the words “I want” become part of their daily lexicon. That’s why we adopted aRead More ...

Instead of Banning Spanish, Schools Should Promote the Benefits of Bilingualism

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I came across two very different stories regarding bilingualism in the United States this week. One made me very hopeful about the future of bilingualism, while the other completely deflated those hopes. The first one was about a school in Florida that wants to make sure its Latino students don’t lose their Spanish. Since it’s not a dual-language school, administrators have come up with the brilliant idea of asking parents to sign a pledge to speak to their children inRead More ...

I’m Thankful for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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As I get ready to welcome friends and family to my house to celebrate Thanksgiving, I can’t help but be thankful for a wondrous place called St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which I was fortunate enough to visit last week. I know it’s weird to describe a hospital as wondrous, but I’m sure that if you’d visit, you’d feel the same way. You see, despite being a hospital for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, St. Jude is aRead More ...

Teach Your Bilingual Kids To Roll Their R’s

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A while back I wrote about my daughter Vanessa having a hard time pronouncing the letter R. She’s gotten better at it, but now it’s her 4-year-old brother’s turn to learn how to roll his R’s and she’s doing a great job teaching him. He still has ways to go, but as with my daughter, I’m not really worried about it because typically Spanish speaking children don’t learn to do it until they’re between 5 and 7 years old. IRead More ...

A Halloween Boo Fest with Jorge el Curioso

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and WGBH. Just in time for Halloween, PBS Kids is premiering the first ever Curious George Halloween special called “A Halloween Boo Fest” Monday, Oct. 28. We got an advance copy and my kids and I sat down to watch this super cute movie starring Jorge el Curioso and we had so much fun! The movie is all about the legendary No Noggin, a spooky scarecrow who isRead More ...

Halloween Craft: Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

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I’d love to say I’m an ace when it comes to doing crafts, but I simply wasn’t born with that gift. However, I have two small kids who seem to adore creating things with their little hands, and they don’t really care if I’m an expert or not. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for simple, yet fun crafts we can do together. Ever since she started seeing Halloween decorations around our neighborhood earlier this month, my daughter hasRead More ...

Is Spanish an Endangered Language in the United States?

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The topics of bilingualism and the state of the Spanish language in the United States have been in the news a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago, an article I worked on over the summer titled “Can Spanish survive in the U.S.?” was published on USA Today’s Hispanic Living magazine, as you can see in the photo of the cover above. It’s an article I truly enjoyed working on because it was incredibly interesting to delve into the history ofRead More ...

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