SPANGLISH LIVING POSTS
Being a bi-cultural family can have its fair share of challenges. Think disagreements in parenting (should the baby wear socks in the summer?) and traditions (how big does this 1st birthday part need to be?). It might mean never feeling home, or always missing the...read more
My two-year-old's voice comes from the backseat: "Mommy, love you MÁS." I peer into the rearview mirror and smile at him. "No, love YOU más." "No! Love YOU más!" This is what the experts refer to as code-switching: mixing language, Spanglish, in our case. I try to...read more
"It would be well if we all persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in....read more
For a long time, speaking to my baby son in Spanish felt odd. Talking to a baby is basically a monologue, except for a few coos and gurgles here and there. I knew that my son was soaking in every little word, and that all our little rhymes and descriptions and...read more
Inside: Bilingual babies sing language. We have been using baby sign language with our first son, since he was about ten months old. I meant to start earlier, and teach more signs than I did, but even the 5 or 6 signs we've mastered have been incredibly helpful. And...read more
Marrying a Peruvian guy from the jungle was not something I'd ever imagined. And marrying a bookish American girl was not something my husband had ever pictured, either. When we met, I didn't speak Spanish and he didn't speak English. So, how exactly did we end up...read more
When I was pregnant with our first, I would confidently pat my expanding belly and share with friends our plans to speak Spanish at home. We were right to make this plan: our little ones simply wouldn't get enough Spanish time only speaking with Papá, a native...read more
As you build up your Spanish library make sure you have this one: Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry. It is a must for for every Spanish/English-speaking family with little ones. In fact, I just walked over to the...read more
Inside: Why we're raising bilingual kids. We never expected to be here, raising a family bilingually. My husband didn’t speak English until after we got married, and I didn’t speak Spanish until after I met him. And yet here we are, a mix of cultures and languages,...read more
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