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!
There are many benefits and challenges for parents raising bilingual children. I grew up speaking Spanish at home and English at school. We hated speaking Spanish. To us it was simply a way of communicating with our family. It wasn't until years later that I truly appreciated the effort my parents put forth making sure we were able to speak, read, and write Español. Fast forward many years and a toddler later, I too am doing my very best to raise a bilingual daughter. I wanted to share with you my findings and my personal experiences.