Looking back: a six-month reflection

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The end of March marks six months of blogging for me.

So, to celebrate Españolita’s half birthday, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned from each of the topics, or categories, listed on the homepage: culture, families, identity, interviews, and learning/research.

While this blog is a space in which I share my own family’s journey with bilingual parenting, and while my reflections below are from my own lived experience, I hope you, too, find encouragement, wherever you are in your adventure with bilingual parenting. Continue reading

The Many Faces of Bilingual – part 7

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Happy Friday, friends!

We’re taking a short break from our regularly scheduled Family Fridays series to resume another fun series here on the blog, The Many Faces of Bilingual. It’s been a little while since the last post, so for those of you new to the blog (Welcome!), this is a series in which I feature different bilingual (and, multilingual) individuals from around the globe.

Did you know that there isn’t just one definition of bilingual? Or, that being bilingual means you have translator abilities? No, bilingual comes in varying shades and sizes. Bilinguals use each language for different areas of our lives, as you’ll learn in today’s post. So, I’d like to introduce you to two ladies, each with a unique language journey: Naiara and Cat, who blogs at Cat the Expat.

Be encouraged, friends.

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On my bedside table (and, in my Feedly) – part 6

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And, everything that I have read is a part of me.

So, in that spirit, I periodically share with you what I’ve been reading, both books on my bedside table and links that pop up in my Feedly. While the heart and soul of this blog is bilingual parenting, there are other topics that interest me.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. And, you? Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading

What I hope my daughter learns from los americanos

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Last week I wrote about the eleven habits of Spaniards that I am living out as mother raising her daughter bilingually and bi-culturally. 

That post made me think: bi-cultural means TWO.

There are values and habits that I have grown up with in the United States that I also want to share with my daughter. So, today’s post.

While I want to avoid making gross generalizations about an entire country and her people, I do believe that what follow are six of the most salient cultural values Americans of all sub-groups embrace. And, they’re the ones that, exercised with grace and wisdom, I hope my daughter embraces. Continue reading

Around the World in 5 1/2 Months (A Family Fridays Roundup)

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¡Feliz viernes, amig@s!

Fridays on the blog are dedicated to interviews, or conversations really, with multilingual families from all over the globe.

And, if you can believe it, I’ve been at this blogging thing now for five and a half months (wow!). So, I thought I’d take a break from our regularly scheduled interviews to give some of my new readers a recap of the 16 wonderful multilingual families who have graciously shared their stories with us.

Sixteen families. That’s 16 stories, 16 adventures in multilingual parenting. Hoping you find helpful advice and lots of encouragement.

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11 Habits this American Mamá is Learning from the Spanish

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Recently, my sister-in-law posted the article “11 Things Americans Could Learn from the Spanish” to my Facebook page. While the article made me chuckle and say, “yes yes, that’s so true!” or, “I wish we all could take life slower,” the wording of the title sounded a bit condescending, so I set the article aside.

It did get me thinking, however, of how Spanish culture has influenced how I live, and most recently, how I parent.

Here are 11 Habits this American mamá is learning from the Spanish. Continue reading

Five Recommendations for Choosing Bilingual Baby Books – Year One

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“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;

there are only children who have not found the right book.” (Frank Serafini)

As a former English teacher, I couldn’t agree more with Serafini’s words. And, as a mother, it is my responsibility to help my daughter find the right books, at the right time. Today I’d like to share with you five characteristics that I looked for when selecting”the right book[s]” for my daughter in her first year.

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