What we’re reading, November

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Happy early Thanksgiving (to my American readers)!

The crisp, cool weather is finally upon us and with the shorter days, I have found we’re spending lots of our indoor time reading. No complaints here!

Here are a few of our favorite reads lately, books for both children and parents.

Enjoy!

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Community and support: Online parenting forums

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Two facts I know to be true about parenting:

It’s hard.

It’s not meant to be done alone.

That’s why community is vital in our growth as parents.

Community can come from our extended family helping us as we transition to life with a new baby. Or, from being part of a church, or synagogue, or mosque, or a tight-knit neighborhood.

Community support can also be virtual, on-line.

And, while I know that many parents are skeptical of taking advice from strangers in a parenting Facebook group, and while I recognize that some on-line forums have a reputation of drama, chaos, and lack of focus, I’d like to share with you all a curated (very curated because I have indeed had to remove myself from some “high drama” groups!) list of Facebook groups and pages that I recommend you check out.

They are divided into two major categories, Facebook groups and pages. Within”groups,” there are three sections: respectful parenting, educational philosophies, and multilingual parenting.

The titles with * are my top favorites, ones I recommend with zero reservations, ones that I personally turn to and participate in for constructive advice on parenting with respect.)

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On my bedside table {current reads}

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Oh, wow, it’s been a while since I last blogged. Sorry for the radio silence, amigos. It’s been a rough two months with this pregnancy, but I’m feeling much, much better now, and I’m glad to be back again around the blog. The upside to spending a few weeks on quasi-bedrest is that I got to READ!

If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you might remember that one of the running series here is “on my bedside table:” books, articles, and other blog posts I’m reading and recommend. Continue reading

More books! {Selecting Montessori-inspired toddler books in Spanish}

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Our little family of three recently came back from a month-long trip to España, my husband’s home country. Friends in the States often ask us, “what are you allowed to bring back?” or comment, “I bet you did a lot of great shopping!”

On past trips, D. and I have brought home wine, vermouth, and other alcoholic drinks that are much cheaper in Spain than in the States; we’ve also saved room for chuches (Spanish gummy candy that I’m addicted to), and sometimes vacuum-sealed cheese. This time, however, being E.’s first trip there, I held off on the candy and cheese (oh, don’t worry, we saved room for el vino!), and instead made room for books in Spanish for E. Continue reading

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.

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Un Descanso (Taking a Break)

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Today I have decided to do something that has always been hard for me: I’m going to take a break. From blogging, for ten days.

Normally, Fridays here on the blog are devoted to a running series entitled Family Fridays. I love this series. It features a different multilingual family, their struggles, their joys, and their growth, in this adventure of raising children in more than one language. If you’re new to the blog, I encourage you to click on the link FAMILIES on the right of your screen to meet some pretty amazing people. (You can also catch a round-up of families from the first five and a half months here.) Continue reading

Book Review – “The Bilingual Edge”

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What was the first parenting book you read? Do you remember? I do.

This one: The Bilingual Edge by former graduate school professors of mine, Kendall King, PhD and Alison Mackey, PhD.

(No, I’m not getting paid or anything like that to review this book. I just love it!)

I actually read this book years before I had E. In fact, it’s responsible for planting the seed of bilingual parenting in my heart. Here’s why I continue to recommend it to both friends and family. Continue reading