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July 18th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Ways To Introduce Bilingual Kids To Latino Traditions

One of the best ways to expose your bilingual children to their Latino heritage is to introduce them to cultural traditions. Depending on where your family hails from, there are a variety of traditions celebrated on any given month. From your country of origin’s independence day — the majority of which happen to take place during the summer months — to Día de Muertos, taking advantage of these celebrations to teach your kids how to honor their Latino heritage is a wonderful idea.

If you don’t know too much about these traditions and you’re lucky to live where there’s a big Hispanic population, try to find out what kind of public festivities there are in your area and try to make it to one of them. It’ll be fun, I promise. You can either search online or check the calendar of events in your local Spanish weekly. Museums and libraries are pretty good about putting together cultural events for the community, including story time, lectures, exhibitions and concerts.

Even if you live far away from anything Latino, you can still celebrate our traditions in your own home! Research online to find out more about the specific tradition you’d like to celebrate to get ideas on some of the things you and your kids could do. It won’t be hard to find tons of ideas for activities, suggested reading lists, and even recipes online for many of the more popular Latino celebrations, including Día de Muertos, Noche Buena, Día de Reyes and Día del Niño.

What is your favorite Latino celebration?

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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October 6th, 2011 at 5:01 am

Celebrating Bicultural Birthdays

Both my children were born in the summer. which means we get to celebrate their birthdays in our backyard in an effort to enjoy the gorgeous weather. A few weeks ago, we celebrated my son’s birthday who was born the last day of August. That got me thinking about the way we celebrate bicultural birthdays.

Not sure if this is the case for all children growing up bilingual and bicultural like mine, but we have a sort of tradition when it comes time to singing Happy Birthday because besides the English version of this song, both my husband and I have our own versions in Spanish.

So, although we begin with Happy Birthday, we’ve made it a point to teach our children the following versions which are the ones we sang growing up in Peru (myself) and in Puerto Rico (my husband). In case you don’t know what they are, I figured I’d share them with you here. The reality is that within Latin America there are a lot of different versions sang during birthdays. Some don’t even sound like the English version, as is the case with my husband’s version.

Peruvian version (to the beat of Happy Birthday)

Cumpleaños feliz,

te deseamos a ti,

cumpleaños (name of child),

qué los cumplas feliz!

Puerto Rico’s version (to a completely different beat):

Feliz, feliz en tu día

amiguito, que Dios te bendiga

que reine la paz en tu vida

y que cumplas muchos más

Sometimes the whole thing can get a bit long, especially if we add the Mexican version or Las Mañanitas, which we often do because we like to sing the versions of all those present at the party and since our friends tend to be from all over Latin America, you can imagine…

What traditions do you have when it comes to birthdays?

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Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino



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September 5th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Is Christmas on your To Do List?

Think Christmas … in September? Sure – if you want to be prepared for a stress-free holiday season.

A friend reminded me that most people only have about 7 paychecks left until Christmas. So, if you haven’t already started saving this helps to spread the hit to your wallet over several months.  But, it isn’t just about the money – getting ready for the holidays with little children under your feet adds a whole other dimension. Thinking about Christmas now helps spread our TO-DO list over several months also.

So, what can you do NOW to start putting a dent in your Christmas TO-DO list?

Budget~ Time to figure out all the “extra” money you need to have to make it through the holidays. Remember to include all the extra gifts you forget about, your groceries, and any holiday decorations that need to be added.

Holiday Card~ What kind of design are you thinking of this year? Do you need to get pictures taken? Can you work on it now and order it when a photo site has a sale?

Crafts ~ create a Pinterest Board of craft ideas, start making some of them, or just start writing your list of who needs to receive crafty gifts from your home. This is a great thing to utilize if you want to save a little money over the holidays.

Food ~ Write your list of food you traditionally make for the holiday season or start collecting new recipes. The next couple of months are known for good sales on baking goods so collect them early for the holiday season.

Cleaning ~ Spread your “deep cleaning” and organizing over several months so you just need to spruce the house up in December. This leaves time to actually “enjoy” the holidays.

Clothing ~ What outfits do you need to start accumulating for your family to make it through the whole “season” of Christmas?

Traditions~ Start writing the list of the traditions that you want to make sure and “cover” during the holidays. You don’t want to forget anything, plus if you need to purchase tickets to events, little gifts or other extras you can spread the cost out.

With a little over 100 days to Christmas a little planning will help your holidays go a little smoother!

What have you started doing to make December a little less stressful?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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