How NOT To Raise Bilingual Kids: I Suck So Bad At This

How NOT To Raise Bilingual Kids: I Suck So Bad At This

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month? I wrote an article about raising bilingual kids for eHow this week - it's called ¿Cómo Se Dice? 5 Must-Have Resources for Raising Bilingual Kids. While the piece is filled with great resources that I believe parents need most when raising bilingual kids, I have to be honest: I suck at raising bilingual kids. How's that for a happy Hispanic Heritage Month? In real life, I often completely forget that I can communicate in Spanish. I allow the fear of making mistakes - the knowledge that I cannot perfectly express my sentiments in Spanish - keep me from … [Read more...]

 

Cuban Arroz con Leche: Hispanic Recipe Traditions

Cuban Arroz con Leche: Hispanic Recipe Traditions

Hispanic Heritage and Cuban Rice Pudding Second only to language, passing down your family legacy is most effectively done in the kitchen. You can remember your own family legacy by passing down recipes and offering your children the spices of your youth. And with Hispanic Heritage Month kicking off last week, the opportunity to explore Hispanic recipes like this Cuban Arroz con Leche (otherwise known as rice pudding) gives you a great way to teaching about other cultures too. Luckily for us, this recipe does both - we get honor our Latino roots and the beautiful legacy of my bisabuela … [Read more...]

 

Creating Meaningful Meals at Family Forward

Creating Meaningful Meals at Family Forward

We had the best time at Family Forward in Orlando, Florida as partners with Barilla and their Share The Table initiative. Part of Share The Table is to help families create meaningful meals together for the betterment of their children. Have you seen the statistics on what consistent, quality meals with your family does to kids? If not, do your little ones a favor and check it out. What the research says about dinner time is mind boggling! Family Forward is another family-focused initiative that I can’t rave enough about. It was a blast and unlike any other “blogging conference” I’ve … [Read more...]

 

Learning About Lighting: Better Homes and Gardens for Walmart

Learning About Lighting: Better Homes and Gardens for Walmart

Ever since visiting the headquarters for Better Homes and Gardens in Iowa this past summer, I've been assessing my home for ways to improve its decor and the feeling it projects to my family. Do the rooms' decor convey the feelings I want my family to receive? Are they being used accordingly, or should the room be redesigned? It was fun learning the latest trends for upcoming seasons from the professionals at BHG and about the beautiful products available at Walmart, for much less than you would expect well designed pieces to be. One thing I learned while with BHG and Walmart was that … [Read more...]

 

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

At four and a half, my daughter is excited for the world of reading to open the doors to all the wonders of the world. She is constantly telling me, "but mamaaaaaaa, when can I read it ALL!" The fact that she isn't reading is frustrating, but by offering her simple books - early reader books - in which she can recognize sight words or sound out others, her excitement for literature grows. I'm at the Tampico Mom Blog this week offering our favorite 5 Early Reader Chapter Book for Little Girls. All of these books we have and love! But, in addition to those, I started researching books I can … [Read more...]

 

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Baby Massages, Bubble Baths & Happy Babies Oh, how I'll miss our bedtime rituals when my kids are too big to have them. I can hardly believe how fast my second child has grown and, I have to admit, I took that bonding time with my son for granted. Now that he can hardly be called a baby, I'm holing onto these special moments like crazy. He's our last and this time is precious. When my daughter was young, she loved the baby massages best. My son? He LOVES the water! But for mama, I enjoy the soothing ritual we have (and Daddy, too, since he started doing night time duties over the last … [Read more...]

 

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