Hello friends! Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. I’m a Christian and this special day has been on my mind all week long. Because our family doesn’t have any recurring *Easter traditions, I’ve been wondering how to celebrate and how to fully express what this holiday means to me. This beautiful video pretty much sums it up. My religion and my beliefs are an integral part of who I am and just like my Mexican and Peruvian roots have come to color and blend into my upbringing in the United States, my religion is also intricately interwoven into my multicultural existence. And this is why I have chosen to share this very personal part of me in this space.

I love the message of hope expressed in this video. That every single day is a brand new chance to start over, to change, to improve, to be better and happier and enjoy life more fully. A brand new day to shake off the shackles that prevent us from growing and prospering… A new day to see life with new eyes of hope and optimism…

#StartingToday I’m going to cast aside negative feelings that weigh me down and open my mind and heart to all kinds of wonderful new possibilities. What about you? What are you going to do #StartingToday?

P.S. Monday morning my family and I will be heading to Frankfurt, Germany to spend a week at the LDS Temple. It will be a sweet vacation, hopefully filled with lots of peace and joy. I will also be taking a much needed break from the Internet. So have a great week! And I will see you back in this space at the end of the month!

*If you’d like to see how Easter is celebrated around the world, see this very complete post on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Easter Around the World

A language corner for teaching a foreign language in the home

This post is a spin-off from the Q&A I had with Agustin and Maggie who are going to raise their baby girl bilingually in a language no their own. I’ve actually suggested the following idea to parents who would like to raise their children bilingually in their home but just don’t feel capable of maintaining the target language permanently. The idea is that a language corner would allow parents to speak with their child or children in the target language only while in that area of the home.

To be honest, we don’t have a language corner in our home, because our entire home is our language corner! But, if I were to commit to teaching my children a language that I couldn’t integrate 100% into our daily living, then a language corner is definitely what I would do. To help you out visually, I’ve been pinning book nook ideas on a Pinterest board. You’ve heard of a book nook or a reading corner, right? Well, that’s how I envision a language corner too.

A language corner for teaching a foreign language in the home | Trilingual Mama

To see my BOOK NOOK Pinterest board, just click on this image.

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Q&A: Agustin & Maggie of Argentina prepare to raise their daughter bilingually in a language not their own

Agustin and his wife are from Rosario, Argentina and dream of raising their unborn baby girl bilingually (English and Spanish)! He spent 2 years serving an LDS mission in Chile where he spoke his native tongue Spanish, but also learned English from the other young people he was serving with, many of them being from the United States! Agustin’s wife Maggie has learned English as well, but feels shy about speaking English to her husband.

Q&A: Agustin & Maggie of Argentina prepare to raise their daughter bilingually in a language not their own | Trilingual Mama

As the arrival of their baby girl approaches, Agustin & Maggie are excitedly deciding on their bilingual goals, but still have many questions! They contacted me with a list of inquiries and I thought I’d share the answers here in hopes that it will help someone else in a similar situation!

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Nurturing language and culture when raising a multilingual family

Hello friends! Yesterday, we spent the day with our Mexican friends Daniel and Itzel and their two children. We had a really nice time and it got me thinking about what a blessing their friendship is to us on so many different levels, one of which is the opportunity it gives our family to nurture our Spanish language and Latin American culture, especially since we live in France.

Nurturing language and culture when raising a multilngual family | Trilingual Mama

Itzel and me. She is Mexican. I am half Mexican, half Peruvian, born and raised in the United States.

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Multingual Babies Language Development

I am, as you must understand, head over heels in love with my (trilingual) baby boy. And even though he is our fourth child, and being raised trilingual just like his older brother and sisters, we are every bit as amazed (if not more) to see his multilingual progress. It’s magical!

Multilingual baby language development - How many words should my multilingual baby say from 0-3 years old? | Trilingual Mama

So when should a multilingual baby start speaking and how many words should he say?

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