Olympic Games: 4 Valuable Life Lessons We Can Teach Our Children

Olympic Games: 4 Valuable Life Lessons We Can Teach Our Children

I come from a home where playing sports was as important as taking piano lessons or foreign language classes. My dad was a sports journalist who always emphasized how sports helped shaping a person's character. One of the things my family enjoyed doing together was watching the Olympic Games. It was a great opportunity to remember some important truths about hard work, motivation, and teamwork. By observing the athletes and circumstances...Read More
Using Music To Raise Bicultural Children

Using Music To Raise Bicultural Children

One of my favorite things about mothering in a foreign land is to teach the kids about their heritage. This is so important to do when raising bilingual kids since culture and language are undeniably intertwined. Because traveling is not suitable for everyone, you can also offer cultural experiences from the walls of your home through music. RELATED POST: 15 Nursery Rhymes in Spanish  Music serves as a cultural component facilitating the acquisition...Read More
Mothering In A Foreign Land

Mothering In A Foreign Land

Planning is my thing. I usually enjoy the feeling of knowing what is coming up. So, when my husband started talking about having a baby, he didn't know that I had already planned this baby's name and where he was going to college. (Yes, it was going to be a boy.) But what I really didn't know was how challenging mothering in a foreign land was going to be. 40...Read More
4 Reasons To Send Your Children To Study Abroad

4 Reasons To Send Your Children To Study Abroad

  Not long ago, a favorable combination of circumstances, time and place allowed me to send my oldest daughter to study abroad. She was only five-years-old but so eager to explore and learn. I was excited for her to have the opportunity to attend school in a foreign country, especially because it was going to be in my home country. Five-year-olds in Ecuador attend "Jardín de Infantes," which is the...Read More
How To Make Cleaning Chores A Family Tradition

How To Make Cleaning Chores A Family Tradition

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LimpiaTotal #CollectiveBias My husband grew up in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. I grew up a few hours away from where the Equator line divides the world. During the winter months, when he was bundled up building a snowman, I am pretty sure I was making sand castles at the beach. Little did...Read More
How I Am Raising World Citizens

How I Am Raising World Citizens

The diverse world in which our children live is challenged by racism, inequality, environmental crisis and terror. We can help our children to cope with and combat against these major problems through knowledge and values. Raising a generation of children who embrace their world citizenship is the way to empower them to be a voice and make a difference. [caption id="attachment_1946" align="aligncenter" width="722"] My three-year-old learning about Hindu ceremonies[/caption] Raising...Read More
Bilingual Goals For My Bilingual Kids

Bilingual Goals For My Bilingual Kids

A new year is a great excuse for new beginnings. I take it as an opportunity to think deeply on the past while looking forward to the future.  As another year has gone, I have been thinking about my goals of raising bilingual children. Raising bilingual children is not as easy as I thought it would be. It requires more hard work, creativity, perseverance and patience than I ever imagined. However, I...Read More
My Favorite App To Teach Children How To Read In English

My Favorite App To Teach Children How To Read In English

Disclosure: I received this app for review purposes. All thoughts and ideas are strictly my own. When my oldest child was learning how to read, her milestone helped me to realize that I needed to learn how to support her better. Several teacher friends offered great tips and suggestions and they all agreed that BOB books were what I needed.  Soon we discovered their app series and loved that they...Read More
5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Stop Using “La Chancla” As A Disciplinary Resource

5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Stop Using “La Chancla” As A Disciplinary Resource

The internet is packed with memes about Latino parents that use la chancleta o chancla to beat their children. Although chancla memes can be funny, corporal punishment in children is a serious problem and needs to be abolished from our culture. Hitting, beating, pinching, striking or slapping a child is abuse and is damaging. Here I share 5 reasons why parents need to stop using "la chancla" as a disciplinary resource.   1....Read More
My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

If you grew up with a Latino family, it is very likely that you are familiar with "El Chavo del Ocho," a Mexican television sitcon that reached enormous popularity in Latin America for more than 30 years. "El Chavo del Ocho" centers on the adventures of a poor orphan child and his friends living in a low income housing complex and explores with humor many of the challenges that children...Read More
6 Reasons Why I Love Montessori

6 Reasons Why I Love Montessori

I learned about Montessori in an elective class in college. Maria Montessori's principles on education felt good and spoke to my heart. Then, I had kids and fall more and more in love with this educational approach. The beauty of the Montessori method is based on the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional, etc) providing many opportunities for growth as they learned to be responsible, engaged, respectful and active seekers of knowledge....Read More
4 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

4 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

      I have noticed how life gets busier and busier as my children grow up. Sometimes we are running from one place to another so they can attend the different activities and appointments that they have. Although these things are important, it saddens me when they interfere with opportunities to be around nature and just be. Being surrounded with nature has many great benefits for a child's health. It...Read More
Walking Around Town With Babies In Tow

Walking Around Town With Babies In Tow

I have been a mama for seven years. For the past seven years, I have been walking around town with blond babies in tow. Strangers and fellow observers around town have asked me the most clever and interesting questions about the blond babies in tow. "Are you the nanny?"  "Did you adopt them?"  "Are you their step mom?" I always smile and happily let them know the shocking news that...Read More