For Raising Boys: Is Being a Drill Sergeant Dad Required?

For Raising Boys: Is Being a “Drill Sergeant Dad” Required?

My father was not a drill sergeant.  The truth is I didn’t really have one of those growing up.  Except that is if you count the neighbor kids at the Bali Hai apartments, who were always up for torturing each other in the name of “proving who was tougher.”  I […]

The generational differences in Latino families are funny

The generational differences in Latino families are funny

So the other day my sister, her husband and her kids were getting ready to go out of town.  They had packed, loaded up the truck, and we were all just sitting around talking and laughing while they finished getting ready to leave. My sister has two teenagers, one preteen, […]

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Bilingual Living: Why Language and Culture Matter when Parenting

It’s no secret that I’m not the most structured when it comes to teaching bilingualism.  We’ve talked about it before, in past blog posts.  It’s not that fluency in English and Spanish for Edgar is not important to me.  It is.  For more reasons than I can explain, pero desde […]

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Sorry, Kiddo. We Are Not That Cool!

In every parent’s life, there comes that moment when despite all of our best efforts we have to come to terms with facing the reality… well, of our reality.  It’s not a pleasant experience and very rarely do we get to choose when it happens.  Most of the time it’s […]

Raising a Bilingual Kid: Schoolyard Crushes!

So the other day Edgar and I were talking. Of all things our conversation ended up turning out to be about girls. He’s right about that same age that I was when all the little boys in my classroom, including myself, first began to discover that not all the girls […]