Ask Juan: Is It Possible To Speak Spanish Quietly?

So the other day I just happened to overhear this conversation.  Believe it or not, I wasn’t even trying to listen.  My Metiche tendencies have very purposely been subdued over the past couple of months.  Okay, okay… so not really.  I’ve just been kind of too busy to be as chismoso as […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid… While Dumpster Diving

Lately we’ve been making a lot of trips to the city’s dump sites.  It’s not by desire by any means.  Instead, by obligation.  Por obligación… y más o menos a la fuerza también, I would say.  But the thing is we’ve had a lot of junk to trash, and well, […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid: 7 Essential Lessons For Any Parent

It’s probably human nature that anytime we’re not too sure about our own parenting, we tend to think back on our own childhoods.  How did my parents react to that?  What would they have done?  How would they have handled it?  For me, it’s a pretty regular occurrence.  Even cuando no […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid: It’s Hard for Parents Too!

I guess I should consider myself pretty fortunate.  Anjelica and I share almost exactly the same heritage.  We were both born here in this country to Mexican parents – from the same estado de San Luis Potosi at that!  We’re both Mexican Americans.  We both speak English and Spanish very […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid: The Importance of Doing ‘Nada’

We used to get up early in the mornings and do nothing.  That was the excitement of our summer vacations.  That we didn’t have to get up groggy, angry and tired to do anything at all.  There was no rush to hurry up and get dressed, wash our faces, and […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid: It’s the Little Things That Count

This was an actual conversation between Edgar and I.  We had just finished raiding all of the clearance racks at Target – we always do; we can’t leave the store without doing so – when a kid about his age walked by us talking in perfect Spanish to another child. […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid: “Can You Súbele Un Poquito Please?”

Every time we get in the car it’s almost always guaranteed that Edgar will utter this phrase: Can you súbele un poquito please?  He’s been doing so for as long as I can remember, and until just this past weekend, I had never even really though about it.  I’ll admit, usually […]