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Your Heritage Should Not Be Foreign to Your Children

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I have been teaching languages for over five years now. Although I don’t have kids of my own, I spend most of my day helping parents reach the goal of bilingualism for their children, and I listen to all of their complaints. Many parents say that once their kids start elementary school, they refuse to speak Spanish at home. Most parents eventually end up giving up trying because they just want to spend time enjoying their kids rather than fighting.Read More ...

SpanglishBaby Celebrates La Navidad!

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I’m officially on vacation… and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t plan on doing much the next two weeks, except spend lots of time with my kids and my husband doing pretty much NADA! But before I sign-off until 2013, I just wanted to share with you some of the great Christmas content we’ve gathered throughout the years since we launched SpanglishBaby. After all, this is the fourth holiday season we’re celebrating! From posts about how we celebrate La NavidadRead More ...

To Boost Reading Skills, Latino Children Need More Than Books They Identify With

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An article published earlier this week in The New York Times titled “For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing” has created a flurry of commentary about the dire need for more children’s books with which our Latino kids can identify. In other words, more children’s books with characters that look like them and with storylines that speak to them. While I would love nothing more than to see all Latino authors been given the opportunity to be published, I’m having aRead More ...

Why My Family is Celebrating Día de los Muertos

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Being a bicultural Latina raising biracial kids while living 300 miles from our nearest Spanish-speaking family means that any opportunity to celebrate our Latino roots is one I cannot pass up. My 3 year old daughter is becoming increasingly aware of holidays and traditions, so I felt it was imperative to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Before adorning her beautiful face with calaca face paint, Alina and I spent some time talking about the holiday and traditions associated with DayRead More ...

Disney Junior Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and We’re Part of It!

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Hispanic Heritage Month is all abuzz with celebrations happening all over the country to recognize the richness of the Latino cultural heritage in the United States. From Sep. 15 through October 15 we have so many opportunities to immerse our children in the beauty of one of their cultures and teach others about it as well. Disney Junior is joining the celebration with four beautiful :30 second spots featuring Latino children and parents talking about elements of their heritage thatRead More ...

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