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February 16th, 2012 at 10:03 am

Staying Connected to Family Can Help Kids’ Bilingualism

If you have family overseas (or out of state) who speaks Spanish, helping your children stay connected with them can be great for their bilingualism! Luckily, the Internet has made this possible and very cheap (or free!)

Here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Let Skype become your best friend! This is, by far, the best and cheapest way to stay connected. We setup up Skype dates with my family back in Peru and Mexico on a regular basis so the cousins can all see each other and somehow they don’t feel so far away. But the best part is that my daughter gets to speak Spanish with them in a completely comfortable setting.
  • Help your kids make their own photo book to send to your family overseas. If they’re already writing, they can put the captions in Spanish themselves. If not, ask them to tell you what the captions should say.
  • Encourage your kids to send e-cards to your family members for their birthdays or in celebration of a particular holiday. Again, they can personalize them themselves in Spanish or tell you what message they’d like to send. A lot of these are available for free.
  • Check out FamilyClick, a bilingual site that has taken family video chats to a whole new level. The sites offers books, activities and videos that family members can all share together online. So, for example, when in the site, your daughter can read a book with grandma at the same time. There’s also a section where personal videos and pictures can be uploaded for all family members to see. Only those invited by you have access to any of your information and it’s a paid site, except for some limited sections that are free.
Do you have any other ideas for staying connected to family who lives far away from you? Please share.

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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September 6th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Elegant Greetings with Paperless Post

Don’t you just love the conveniences that the internet brings? I mean, how did we live before social networking, online shopping, electronic bill paying, email, and news surfing?

Well when it came to communicating, we did a lot of things in long hand, like sending greeting cards. Then we started communicating online. These days, I rely so much on the internet for so many things that used to require snail mail that I know I’m personally contributing to the demise of the postal system as well as the greeting card business.

My mom was, and some of my sisters are so good at sending cards and notes in the mail. I didn’t get that gene. I count on my gmail calendar to remind me of important dates, and because if it, I hardly ever forget a birthday. It’s just that I don’t often get to card stores and am usually too late to get them in the mail and delivered on time. (Not to mention the cost of the cards – does anyone else find them ridiculously expensive??) So ecards are a great solution for me, especially in a pinch.

There are different options available. Hallmark, AmericanGreetings, Bluemountain and Someecards are just a few. I’ve found though that sometimes the card options they offer just don’t have the right look and feel for my personality. I like funny, not goofy, smart, not sappy, witty, not mean or overly sarcastic. So it’s sometimes a challenge to find just the right card and you can’t always edit the card message itself.

So I was delighted to find This website provides beautiful stationary with customization tools that enable you to create lovely greetings and notes. I’ve recently sent a get well card as well as a birthday card and was very pleased with how they looked. You have font choices so you can customize the greeting to not only say what you want, but also use the appropriate typeface. It even offers an envelope option, with gorgeous liner options to make the entire experience feel more like the real thing. It’s as close as you can get to a handwritten card, without having to actually write and stamp the envelope.

I don’t know about you but after all these years of typing just about everything, my handwriting has become embarrassingly awkward and it seems like I can’t even write the simplest greeting without making a mistake. Scratching out a misspelling or the wrong word is just so tacky.

Thank you Paperless Post, for giving me an elegant option for my email greetings. When you join, the first 25 stamps are free but the cost for stamps (for sending) and coins (for customizing) are very reasonable and between the savings on the cards as well as the postage, the subscription pays for itself very quickly.

There are tracking options and your cards are saved in your account so you have a history of sent and received cards. You can also print them if you want to save a hardcopy. I’m a fan.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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