We are a multicultural family and as such we celebrate all things Latino and all things American. While Thanksgiving is not widely celebrated in Mexico, it is a big deal for my husband and a time filled with traditions for his side of the family. While raising our bodoques bilingual we get them exposed to both languages and both cultures.
We typically go back to his hometown and have dinner with the whole extended family - aunts & uncles, cousins and their families, something around 35 people. (Though this year with the pandemic, Thanksgiving will be a bit different.) Dinner is a potluck – each family brings something, so it is filled with flavorful turkey, stuffing, so many sides and all kinds of pies that one could imagine! Before dinner one of the older uncles presides prayer and then we all go around the table sharing what one was thankful for that year. It is a time to reflect and be grateful for all your blessings, something that I want my little Latinx to learn.
As a Latina mom it is so important to pass down my Hispanic Heritage to “los bodques”. Día de los Muertos is such a special celebration for many Latino cultures and especially big in Mexico. I grew up celebrating every year, it was a whole affair. First, we would go to el Mercado de Portales to get everything for the ofrenda (the altar) calaveritas de azúcar and chocolate, flores de zempasúchitl (marigold flowers) and of course the pumpkins and mole for the food. In Mexico, we prepare our ancestor’s favorite dishes and wrap them very well so they can last for a week or so and place them in the ofrenda. Do you celebrate in your country? What are the special dishes or ways to celebrate?
A couple of ways for passing our Latino traditions are of course celebrating in your own home and making the little Latinx part of it, music, and our beloved books. Here are some of our top pics:
Growing up Latino, October was always a festive month, we celebrated Halloween but also Dia de Muertos. There would be decorations all around the city and we would have a party at school, get to dress up and “pedir la calaverita” <trick or treat>. I am so excited to celebrate now with “los bodoques” and get to pick a costume, decorate altogether and do some pumpkin carving – or painting for them. Sharing the best of both cultures with my little Latinx.
Let’s get in the Halloween mood with these awesome bilingual books for Latino kids...
Elections are especially important events in our country, and for our family they are so embedded in our lives that in fact our biggest milestones are marked by an election. When I met my husband, I met him because he was working on a political campaign - 2008 elections. We got engaged as the 2009 mid-term elections unfolded. We had our first baby during the 2018 primary elections and found out we were expecting our second baby at the national convention. So yes, politics and political campaigns are very much a part of our lives.
Now, how to talk to "los bodoques" about an election? But more importantly, how to explain the importance of voting? Here are some book suggestions about elections and voting...
Most states are going back to school within the following weeks or even might have started a couple of weeks ago, but how is going back to school during the pandemic going to look like? Well, as we are learning it will look and be quite a different experience depending on your state, county, school district, or even public vs private school. The only common theme is that it will be different.
Here are some Spanish and English book recommendations to support navigate the 2020 back to school.
Father's Day is around the corner and there are many special books that celebrate daddy in English, Spanish, and/or are Bilingual. Let's take a closer look at some of these books and how you can build and grow your library at home.
Whether it's family game night or you simply need to entertain the kids for a while, games are a fun way to not only bring the family together, but can also serve as a way to practice Español. Here are some fun games that can entertain the whole family.
It's women's empowerment month. Becoming an empowered woman doesn't happen overnight. It's your life lessons and experiences that build you up to become the strong Latina that you are today. But what about our daughters? We can teach them to become empowered little girls through their own life lessons and the messages we teach them. These messages can come in the form of things we say so they can mimic us, empowered clothing, and books, my personal favorite. Here are some great books that we've read that will speak to that little feminista....
The holiday season is upon us and with that the responsibility of finding cool toys and gadgets that our kids will love. The challenge is finding toys in Spanish or bilingual toys that can engage our kids and help us by not having to hand off another ipad or phone. Lucky for you, I did all the work looking!
On this special minisode of The Latina Mom Legacy Podcast, I have a conversation with my 4 year old bilingual daughter Victoria Grace and her two amiguitos Eli and Chico. We talk about Halloween and review one of our favorite books for the Halloween and Day of the Dead season, Es La Hora de los Esqueletos, It's SqueletonTime.
As a Latina mom raising a multicultural bilingual daughter, it is important to me that I find resources, including toys, that will help us on our bilingual journey. I had the opportunity to attend NY's Toy Fair where I discovered the latest in toy trends. Understanding what will be out in the market and having an idea of how you can implement language learning will make you look twice on your ventures through the toy aisle. I hope that my many findings will help your family on your journey.
Valentine's Day has never been a big event in our home. My husband and I focus on our love for each other and want our daughter to start to understand this concept, that It's not about a specific day or material things. There are many books that help teach kids about amor and kindness. These are from my soon to be 3 year old Victoria's personal collection and among her favorites, in no particular order.
Growing up as a Hispanic kid in Miami, Florida, I loved books. My favorite place in the world was the library. I would immerse myself in books and stories, yet these books and stories never reflected the world I lived in (me below in elementary school). Fast forward to today, where I am raising a multicultural child, it is important to me that she grows up understanding about differences in cultures, skin colors, and socioeconomic statuses reflective of the multicultural world she lives in today. Books can help. See some of our top favorites and other highly rated books that celebrate being different.
A new year brings with it new opportunities to define resolutions or goals. As a mom, it is important to me that my goals also include my child and family. As a Latina mom raising a bilingual, multicultural child, it is important to me that I continue on my bilingual journey, having goals, but not stressing out about specifics. You want your bilingual journey as a family to be natural and as stress free as possible. Here are my goals for the new year that you, as a bilingual or multicultural parent, may relate to or may inspire you:
Raising a bilingual child is not an easy task and as a parent, you have to use every opportunity you can to expose them to the language. Research shows that there are many benefits to raising bilingual children, including making them smarter and offering the opportunity to earn more income as adults. Exposing them to the language is key, whether it's reading to them, speaking to them, having them watch programs in another language, music, and yes play. In my case, I teach my daughter Spanish and I try to make teaching fun, after all, she is my biggest critic! Here's my list for...
Thanksgiving is around the corner and as a mom, you may be already stressing out about the holiday, because doesn’t that also mean Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas?!! Who has time to teach kids Spanish and do activities with their kids? I know, life is hectic, but I have 7 Spanish words that will teach your child about the essence of Thanksgiving with simple activities that will help them understand each meaning. Not a lot of time but a big return.
It's Hispanic Heritage Month and as a Colombian mom raising a multicultural daughter, it's important to me that she grows up playing with toys that reflect the diverse world that we live in and that celebrate her Latino roots. I've created a list of toys that celebrate important Hispanic icons, diversity, and that would be a great addition during this month or as an early Christmas gift for your child! Check it out...
Hispanic Heritage Month is here and it's time to celebrate our Hispanic Heritage! I couldn't find a list of children's books that were specific to Hispanic and Latin countries so I decided to create one. There are so many countries and each one celebrates it's culture, traditions, and even may speak Spanish differently, um plátano or banano? Though we may be grouped by many as simply being Hispanic, Latino, or Mexican, the truth is that our countries are all different and these books celebrate our individual countries. See what great children's book you can get to celebrate your Hispanic Heritage this month!
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