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Bicultural Bliss: 10 Benefits of Biculturalism

Bicultural Bliss: 10 Benefits of Biculturalism I was reading a post from Multilingual Living and I couldn’t help but smile.  I loved Corey’s “10 Reasons Why You Should Marry a Foreigner“!  I can’t say that every point on the…

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Spanglish: “Right” or “Wrong”?

Spanglish: “Right” or “Wrong”? The fact that we even ask this question shows our prejudice. Language, like all things, is continually growing and changing. “Proper” Spanish and English neither came about in a single night or from a single…

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Pero Like: What is a Pocha / Pocho?

What is a Pocha / Pocho? by Ricardo Patiño Pocha or Pocho is negative term used to shame Mexican Americans for not being Mexican enough.  You’re a sellout for embracing American culture.  It’s a really offensive way to tell people…

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My Husband’s Story of Life on ‘La frontera’

My Husband’s Story of Life on ‘La frontera’ I struggled a lot in writing this post. Not because it was difficult really, but because this is my husband’s story and it’s one that I don’t take lightly. I really…

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Bicultural Parenting Confessions

Confessions of a Bicultural Mom This past year has been busier than ever and I’ve felt guilty too many times about living in the Midwest and about not immersing our daughter enough into Mexican culture.  It’s been hard.  We’re…

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Celebrating Small Victories in Bicultural Parenting

Bicultural Parenting: Celebrating Small Victories Today I’m sharing a guest post I wrote that was previously published on SpanglishBaby.com in July 2011.  Our families may not be perfect, but there are many small victories that are worth celebrating!  :)…

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Is Disney’s First Latina Princess ‘Latina Enough’?

*UPDATES BELOW – PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE* Today I was wandering around on Facebook as usual and I came across a post about Disney’s first Latina princess.  If you haven’t heard yet, here’s a quick video preview of…

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Parenting Bilingual Niños When You’re Not Fluent

Parenting Bilingual Niños Being the parent of a bilingual child isn’t always easy…especially when you’re not fluent. I’ve been teaching my daughter Spanish since birth…a few words here and there, never speaking in full conversations because I have absolutely no…

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What is Bicultural Identity?

What is Bicultural Identity? I’ve had quite a few individuals approach me and tell me that they were pleasantly surprised to realize that they were bicultural. I’m always a bit saddened, but mostly glad, to hear this announcement. On…

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Racial Identity: When ‘White’ Doesn’t Quite Fit

Racial Identity: When ‘White’ Doesn’t Quite Fit Can white people call themselves ‘mixed’?  Can they see themselves as something other than white, if they appear visually white?  Sometimes, I don’t know.  All my childhood, I struggled with that label…the…

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Bilingual Parenting: Journey Toward Spanish Fluency

Bilingual Parenting: Journey Toward Spanish Fluency Well, it’s been a while since I blogged about my journey towards being bilingual.  A while back, I wrote a post about losing my Spanish and how the criticism from family and friends…

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Mamá Sagrada & Interracial Relationships Part 2 {Podcast}

[image source] Ricardo and I are having a lot of fun recording these mock “podcasts” together and in this episode we’ve even cracked ourselves up a few times!  We start out our chat talking about a recent article from…

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Ricardo & I Test Out Our Podcasting Chops

[image source] So, my husband, Ricardo, has always wanted to do a radio show and we figured that we would feel things out, see how it goes and test our chops to see if we have what it takes…

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Multiculturalism Carnival {Entries}

What makes a multicultural family unique?  Who are we and what do we look like? These are the questions and the answers are endless.  Being multicultural is more than attempting diversity…it is a lifestyle, an appreciation and a celebration…

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How I Lost My Spanish

How I Lost My Spanish I usually don’t write too many personal posts because I have trouble believing that anyone would be interested, but after the last one, I just felt like there was so much more to say.…

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The Wrath of La Cuñada

What could be worse than taking on your mother-in-law?  The dreaded sister-in-law. It may have been obvious to some, but I was completely unaware that a sister-in-law could bring so much grief and make me feel like such an…

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Conflicts & Blessings Between Borders

Conflicts & Blessings Between Borders Being the parent of a bilingual child isn’t always easy…especially when you’re not fluent. I’ve been teaching my daughter Spanish since birth…a few words here and there, never speaking in full conversations because I…