The benefits of starting a neighborhood playgroup (or, two!)


(Photo via Jenni C, Flickr CC)

“Play is the work of the child,” wrote Dr. María Montessori.

I couldn’t agree more. And, to that I would add, it’s my job as E.’s mother to provide her with as many opportunities to play, freely, uninterrupted, in a safe and meaningful environment, as possible. It’s also my job, I believe, to grow and learn as a parent so that I can best love, nurture, teach and discipline (“train”) my daughter.

And it’s through organized neighborhood-based playgroups that both E. and I can carry out our “work.”

Let me explain.
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Greetings from Lake Tahoe!

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¡Feliz lunes, amig@s!

Today, I’m writing you from the shores of glorious South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. What a spectacular place!

One of the perks of being a stay-at-home mom is I get to tag along with D. as he flies to exotic places to attend work conferences. So, this week, Españolita is on vacation!

Sitting at the window of my hotel room on the nineteenth floor, I have a view of the snow capped mountains to my left and a view of the most beautiful lake I think I’ve ever seen to my right.

This Monday I’m taking a break from writing about bilingualism to share with you a conversation I had about joy with fellow friend and blogger, Emily, at The Orange Slate. If you’re looking for a new blog to add to your feed, hers is a gem. So, hop on over to read my conversation with her.

This Wednesday I’ll be back with part three of The Many Faces of Bilingual. (If you missed parts one and two, be sure to check them out!)

¡Hasta pronto!

“Want to hang out?” (Taking the initiative)

So…I’m the new mommy on the block.

(D. and I, with our daughter, E., just moved to our current city about four months ago.)


Our family, out and about exploring our new neighborhood.

And, when you’re the new mommy on the block, that means you’ve got to make new friends (gulp).

(Insert traumatic childhood memories of being at your third high school, with no friends, eating alone on the stairs in the art hallway.)

It can get really lonely being a stay-at-home mom with a nine-month-old baby. Even more lonely when you’re living in a new city. And, even more lonely still when you’ve committed to a type of parenting that by nature benefits from multiple sources of input (bilingualism). Continue reading