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My Reasons for Raising Bilingual Boys

27 Jul

If you have read my Story of Qué, you know that I did not grow up speaking Spanish and I’m still not proficient today. Even though I have studied Spanish in college, have studied abroad in Spain and have taken adult learning Spanish classes, nothing has motivated me to learn more than wanting my children to know Spanish.

When I was growing up, if my parents didn’t want us to know what they were discussing, they would switch to Spanish. Ugh! (My parents didn’t teach us Spanish because when they used it in school, they were shamed or punished.) Admittedly, I use the little Spanish I know and communicate with my husband when I don’t want my son to know what I am saying.  It’s not very fair or nice, yo sé, pero here’s what I have learned: my son didn’t want to learn UNTIL he heard me speak Spanish at home … consistently. Entonces hablo Español en la casa con frecuencia.

Two friends of mine have their children in a local Dual Language Program through their school. I asked them why did they choose to enroll their children in this program. Here are their answers:

“Our decision to enroll our children in a Spanish dual program is very much based on wanting them to have deep roots in their Hispanic heritage coupled with the advantages that being bilingual will present in their future,” says Michelle Hernandez with Family Love in my City.

Colleen Pence from San Antonio Mom Blogs shares, “As our daughter grows into adulthood, speaking a second language will make her more marketable in whatever career or path she chooses. She is very proud of her Spanish speaking abilities and, as parents (and non-Spanish speakers), it’s exciting to watch her language development grow.”

It’s encouraging to have friends who also are not fluent in Spanish but share the desire for our children to learn Spanish. For all the reasons above and all the reasons in the infographic below, we want our boys to learn Spanish. There’s also something in the learning process that makes me want them to learn. Parents, do you remember the feeling you had when you heard your child’s first words? Well, I get to experience that doubly as our son learns Spanish. My heart smiles when I hear him use a Spanish phrase without being prompted like “Mami, te amo muchisimo!”

The school my son would attend does not have a dual language program. So it is up to my husband (who thankfully is bilingual) and I to create the environment for our boys to learn. There is another reason I want them to learn Spanish. For our family, it will be another experience we will get to create together. My husband is greatly involved too mostly because he says I sound like Peggy Hill from King of the Hill and he hopes that my boys won’t sound like that!

Next week, I will share the resources I use to teach my boys Spanish.

For now, enjoy this infographic from


¿Qué dijo mi esposo about Big Ang?

18 Jul

Most evenings in our house go something like this … after we get the boys tucked in their beds, my husband stays in our bedroom to watch TV and surf the internet on his smart phone. I go to my ‘home office’ space to surf the internet and catch up on work. Sometimes I linger around to chit chat before leaving because I’m a night owl and don’t go to bed until way after he is asleep. However, tonight, before I could even get to our door my husband shooshes me away and says,

“Oh yeah! Big Ang comes on at eight!”

¿Qué dijo mi esposo?

Big Ang is a spin-off reality TV show from VHI’s MobWives. She is the ‘larger than life’ character who is sharing her life in her reality show where she runs a bar, hangs out with her ‘cougar’ friends and talks about wise guys. I openly admit that these outrageous reality shows are my guilty pleasures. I know you should guard what you are feeding your mind but hey, every now and then, I get hooked. Don’t judge. (or do, lo que sea.)

But my husband?! I thought men were not supposed to enjoy these shows … haha! I do recall him sitting next to me on the couch every week watching a different reality show about a famous, talentless family. When I reminded him of that, he said “Pero, it was so I could spend time with you.” O, sí, so you could spend time with me?!

Here is my response to my husband’s interest in reality drama …

Because we all know there is drama in football!



What my husband said about Magic Mike

29 Jun

Sometimes I can’t believe the words that come out of my husband’s mouth.

He has earned his own category on ¿Qué Means What? 

¿Qué dijo mi esposo?

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: I've seen tons of posts about Magic Mike ... pobrecitas, and then they have to come home to us. LOL!

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