Españolita hits 100 posts!

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 (Selfie at a recent Sufjan Stevens concert, during my two-week blogging hiatus)

Woohoo! Triple digits. How would’ve thought? That’s a lot of writing, and thinking, and editing, and well, writing.

I felt like I needed to publish a special post to commemorate what seems to me a remarkable feat, so I thought I’d share with you ten (10) memorable posts from the past seven months, sort of like a round-up, kind of like a summary (in case you’re new to the blog and the thought of scrolling through sections and sections of former posts just seems like too much!).

In no particular order:

1. Why is this blog called Españolita…¡sobre la marcha!? – If you’re curious about the backstory of the blog’s title, you’ll want to read this post. (And, if you’re wondering why I go by the nickname, Españolita)

2. Meet this quadrilingual family living in Helsinki. – Yes, you read that right. These parents are raising their two sons in four languages. Interested in meeting more multilingual families from the blog’s series “Family Fridays?” Here’s my round-up!

3. No, you don’t have to be a native speaker to raise your children in that language. – If you need more convincing, meet this lovely family in Oregon (USA), and this one in Washington, DC.

4. When food is more than food, when it’s part of your identity. – For those of you interested in learning a little bit more about my madrileño husband, D., and his passion for la comida.

5. My interview with one of the preeminent researchers in the field of bilingualism, Dr. François Grosjean. – If you’re interested in anything related to bilingualism, you don’t want to miss this post! (Ok, I’m going to sneak in this interview, too, with my former university professor!)

6. An open birthday letter to my daughter on her birthday. – Which also happens to be the birth date of the late American Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.

7. For those readers who are new parents – Here are the guiding principles I found useful for the first year of my bilingual baby’s life: laying a foundation.

8. This mamá speaks honestly about what to do if something isn’t working for your bilingual family. – It’s okay to change your family’s language plan mid-way through. This post inspired these two subsequent posts on why, when, and how to make adjustments to your home language plan.

9. The 11 habits I’m learning from the Spanish. – Parenting is a journey, one in which you’re always learning.

10. The negative impact that positive reinforcement has on language development. – Why I’ve eliminated “good job” from my parenting vocabulary. Inspired by this book.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of the blog’s followers! Thank you for following, for reading, and for supporting. To many more posts!

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