Verano with my “no-para-quieta” (Summer Update)

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“¡Es que no para quieta!”

Exclaims my suegro (father-in-law) every time we Facetime, laughing as he watches little Miss E. scoots around our two-bedroom apartment, mamá in tow with the iPhone. (Translation: “She just never stops!”)

And why should it come as a surprise that this mini-persona of 17 months never stops? It’s a good thing I’m a high-energy person, I always respond.

E.’s endless curiosity and constant energy, combined with my eagerness to vivir la vida en la calle, have the two of us out and about soaking up el verano.

Here’s a little snapshot of what we’ve been up to this summer: Continue reading

A conversation with co-founders of “Bab’l Books” (Family Fridays) + GIVEAWAY!

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(Photo via Carissa Rogers, Flickr CC)


As part of the weekly Family Fridays series here on the blog, I’m thrilled to introduce you a unique children’s publishing company, Bab’l Books. Today I talk with co-founders Jair Hernandez and Urvesh Shelat about what sets their company apart, why they’re passionate about putting well-translated children’s books into parents’ hands, and how families themselves can participate n the translation process (yes, you read that right!).

And, if an exciting interview weren’t cool enough, Jair and Urvesh have graciously agreed to giveaway five (5) e-books to five lucky winners…in the languages of your choice! Just click on the link at the end of the interview to enter.

Be encouraged, friends. Continue reading

El Día del Padre and bilingual parenting

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In honor of Father’s Day (el día del padre), which we celebrated here in the United States this past Sunday, June 21, I want to share with you three characteristics I admire in D. as my husband and as E.’s father, characteristics that I think also apply to this journey in bilingual parenting.

Although this post is dedicated to him, I hope that you’ll be reminded of some of the things that matter most in this adventure, and that you’ll sign off feeling encouraged. Continue reading

Hola, I’m Españolita, and this is nuestra familia (Family Fridays)

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Happy Friday, amig@s!

Fridays here on the blog are dedicated to a long-running series called Family Fridays: each week I highlight a different multilingual family from around the globe and/or a bilingual member of our world whose work influences and supports the work we bilingual parents are doing in the home. If you’d like to meet previous families and community members, please click on the link FAMILIES to the right of the blog.

So, today’s family is my family. I realized the other day that it’s been almost nine months since I began the blog and formally introduced my family to you all. In that time many new people have started following the blog (THANK YOU!), and so I thought it would be fitting to give you an update of where our family is on our bilingual parenting journey. If you’d like to read my first interview, you can do so here.

I hope you find encouragement today, friends. And, happy weekend! Continue reading

Why I’m teaching my daughter sign language

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No, it’s not because I’m an overachiever, although my mom jokes that I am. Or, because I’ve suddenly found myself with hours of free time, which I haven’t.

But, because it’s working! It’s working for all of the reasons that all of those fancy toddler experts said it would work. Continue reading

A conversation with bilingual children’s author Delia Berlin (Family Fridays)

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¡Feliz viernes, amig@s!

Welcome back for another edition of our Family Fridays series here on the blog. This series features multilingual families from all over the globe, as well as other important friends (authors, singers, just to name a few) in the greater community who help and encourage us parents along the way. You can check out past installments in this series by clicking on the category FAMILIES on the right.

Today, I’m honored to introduce you to bilingual mother, grandmother, and author, Delia Berlin. Originally from Argentina, Delia has made the United States her home for the past forty years. My conversation with her today includes her personal journey with bilingualism, the role language plays in her family’s life, and her work as author of several bilingual books for children.

Be encouraged, friends. ¡Buen fin de semana! Continue reading

My interview with bilingual children’s literature author, Elena Bertocco & GIVEAWAY!

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And…I’m back, amig@s!!

Although I normally blog on Tuesdays and Fridays, I was unable to write this past Friday due to an unexpected emergency with a dear friend from El Salvador (all is well now!). Thanks for sticking with me.

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Elena Bertocco, author of several bilingual Italian/English children’s books. In my conversation with her today she shares a bit about her journey from working in the fashion industry to writing stories about the Broccoli family. She also shares her own adventures in bilingual parenting with her husband and three children Down Under (Australia).

Lastly, she has graciously agreed to participate in a GIVEAWAY of one of her bilingual children’s E-books. So, be sure to participate by clicking on the Rafflecopter link BELOW! The giveaway runs from today until this Friday at 12am., and it’s open to ALL OF MY READERS, NEAR AND FAR!  Continue reading