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Being Bilingual: Shooting a General Mills Commercial in Spanish for Walmart

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After spending many years as a television news producer, I have no problem with cameras… as long as I’m behind them. So to say I was nervous when I was asked to participate in a Walmart commercial about General Mills’ cereals would be an understatement. Part of me wanted to say “No thanks,” but the other part saw it as a really cool opportunity to do something totally different from what I’ve done in the past, and so I acceptedRead 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 ...

Teaching My Kids All About Camping… in Spanish!

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We had a pretty busy summer immersed in Spanish. First, we spent a month in Puerto Rico with my husband’s side of the family and then we got  to hang out here in Colorado with my side of the family visiting from Peru and Mexico. I’m not really sure how, but we also managed to squeeze in a camping trip to one of the most beautiful and unique areas our home state has to offer: the Great Sand Dunes NationalRead More ...

Is it Wrong for Bilingual Children in the US to Learn Spanish Before English?

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When my daughter Vanessa was born in July 2006, we decided to raise her bilingual even though I knew little about bilingualism except that I grew up with two languages and it was the best gift my parents gave me. By the time SpanglishBaby was launched, Vanessa was 2 1/2 years old and all she spoke was Spanish. We were using the mL@H method — meaning that we spoke Spanish (the minority language) at home — and since I stayedRead More ...

Tips to Make Your Children See Why They Need to Speak Spanish

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One of the most common struggles for parents raising bilingual kids is getting their children to speak Spanish. This is especially true once the rebellion stage hits and children refuse to use their minority language making their parents extremely frustrated. Bilingualism experts agree that one of the most important tasks for parents raising a child with two languages is to create a perceived need for the minority language. In other words, your kid HAS to feel there are some circumstances inRead More ...

How I Plan To Help My Children Become Literate in Spanish

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It was back to school for both my children today and while we they had an amazing summer immersed in Spanish, neither is enrolled in a dual language immersion school. This means we have to work hard at home to maintain the Spanish flowing. I’m not really concerned about their speaking skills, as Spanish is the dominant language in our home, but I am concerned about their abilities to read and write in my native tongue. This is particularly trueRead More ...

Our Summer of Spanish

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Even though we’re only half-way through the summer, my children are going back to school on Monday. So, for all intents and purposes, our summer is almost over. And what a summer it has been! Vanessa and Santiago have been immersed in Spanish all.summer.long and it has been an experience like no other. First, as many of you know, we spent a whole month in Puerto Rico with my husband’s side of the family where my children were not only fully immersedRead More ...

Back to School Snacks Made Easier with Lunchables Jr.

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{This is a sponsored post} My kids will be going back to school in 10 days, which means I’m going crazy getting everything so they can be ready for their first day. Besides all the required materials, I also need to get back into gear in terms of lunches and snacks. I’m not the most creative mom when it comes to packing their lunch boxes and, in all honesty, mornings are so crazy that I normally don’t have all theRead More ...

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