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What NOT To Do: Tips From a Monolingual Mom in a Bilingual Household

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From the moment the test read “pregnant,” it didn’t take long before I was sitting on a plane reading about the OPOL method and other strategies for giving one’s child the gift of two languages. Friends asked me about birth plans and attachment parenting, but I researched precious little of the topics concerning my other mama friends. I was fascinated by language development and raising a bicultural baby. The only problem? I don’t speak Spanish. I was relying on myRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: The Steps We’re Taking to Raise a Bilingual Daughter

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us.  I am a bit protective of my daughter’s developing bilingual—but especially Spanish—proficiency. Perhaps this is because, as I mentioned in a previous post, I learned Spanish as a second language, and I am the only Spanish speaker on bothRead More ...

SpanglishMami — Meet Nikki

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One of the greatest perks of being a blogger is all of the connections and new people you meet that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Since starting here at SpanglishBaby my network of other like-minded bilingual parents has grown and we have all been able to connect on different levels yet at the core is desire to raise our children speaking a second language. A few months ago I received an email from a fellow Latina mamá who had been readingRead More ...

A Letter to My Future Bilingual & Bicultural Daughter

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  Dear Mija, When your daddy and I got married we wrote our own vows. Vows are kind of like promises that are deeply personal, but you say in front of family and friends at a wedding. On that day in my white dress and lace veil, holding your dad’s hand, I told him: I promise to respect your heritage and your culture and one day teach our children about the beauty found in our differences. We made lots ofRead More ...

5 Things To Avoid When Raising Bilingual Children

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  Raising bilingual kids is no easy task. That’s why I’m never surprised when I hear from parents who say they had every intention of making it happen with their children, but somehow things didn’t go as planned. While there is no right or wrong way of raising bilingual children, I do think there are some of the things we parents have been known to do which tend to hinder the process. But before I get to the list, I just want toRead More ...

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