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As I talked on my two worlds one chica blog about how is my live living in America while most of my life I lived in Peru and all my roots are there, I have to be realistic and admit now my new life is here in the United States my new home country.

Although those roots, background, heritage whatever you want to call it; is always there in my mind. Especially when I want to pass on the many traditions I had with my parents.

We latinos are so family oriented even though sometimes (or many) you show up to a party with your parents, your husband, your kids and your nephews, or if you are picking someone from the airport same thing; you come with the whole family to pick up just a friend, right? I remember one time my husband came by himself to the Lima airport and my dad said we ALL have to go, so that means my mom, my brothers, my nephews and of course myself… to what he said: ay caramba!!!

Latinos we are special in many ways and one of the areas that I am most proud of is how warm we are, right? how expressive we are to anything that happens (sometimes we make a big deal of anything, right?) but is just pure excitement and that excitement has to be part of our daily life. We hug our kids or husband as if we haven’t seen then in a month and we see them everyday. But it is part of our culture. Been married to an american, sometimes I think mut be overwhelming for my hubby to see how we are everyday, but I also respect his background so as he has to respect mine, right?

Iremember a friend of mine, told me she was having problems with her son in school because he was so touchy (both parents are Peruvian). He is six years old.  Most likely he has received so much hugs and kisses in his life and for him to do it is so normal. Of course in schools in the United States there is a big NO for behaviour like that and my friend was called so she could talk to her son and do something about it because he shouldn’t continue to be touchy. So what if all that is just simply cultural right?  Nothing wrong with that, I don’t think so; but of course not everyone is use to that and not everyone thinks is nice, either.

So what happens when you married an American or someone from another county like in my case, my kids are half american and half Peruvians. The other day my son told me: mommy I know I am half Peruvian and half American, or else I don’t have a mommy right? of course, he said all that in Spanish.  I have brought him a few times to the Embassy of Peru and once he told me this is your country and I said to him this is your country, too. Your dad is from the U.S. and your mom is Peruvian so you are half & half; I think since that day he has been thinking about it…LOL

We don’t have a lot of time for playdates but my son has made great friends from his Peruvian marinera dance academy Garbo & Salero, and it is been over a year that he loves to spend times with his friends from the academy most of them with a Peruvian background, especially with his good friends the twins Scarlett & Sidney. (check out this video)

It is hilarious to see how a six year old is a total latino when it comes to girls, so charming, flirtacious, mischievous and such a gentleman at such a young age. We can say without a doubt that Tyler has latin blood huh? and we know we will have many funny adventures in the years to come, or shall I say many headaches, too …LOL

I hope this blogpost helps you to understand that there is nothing wrong with letting your kid BE, be true to his roots, be true to his feelings and let them your kids explore where they come from, let them grow learning their parents first language, learning your traditions. With the years you will see that your kid is so rich culturally and you will see how respectful he/she is towards other cultures and he/she will proudly share his own.

 

Sincerely,

Evelyn Brooks

I keep learning about raising a bilingual kid and let me share with you some of the things I have done to have a 80% bilingual kid.

Some kids don’t realize how important is to speak another language (and some parents don’t realize how important is it, either),  but as parents in a very modern world and in the 21st century it is VERY important to speak two, three even four languages.

Through my blogpost I like to inspire parents to help their kids in any way possible to be bilingual. I know it won’t be easy but in the long run it is one of the best things we are giving our kids.

I also did some research to find out about bilingual kids been smafter.         Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. This view of bilingualism is remarkably different from the understanding of bilingualism through much of the 20th century.             (source from the New York Times)

I have also read an article on science line that explains the advantages of been bilingual even if you learn a second language when you are older. So we are never late to learn huh?! Also some people learn faster than others when it comes to study other languages.

imgresI have a six year old and a two year old. My six year old had problems in the beginning  learning Spanish and even though I still have to correct him he speaks a very clear and clean Spanish (even with my Peruvian accent LOL) although most of the times I  still have to correct him especially when he doesn’t know a word he tends to say it in english. (no spanglish in this house:) even those special games we play we manage to say it (see video)

My daughter on the other side seems to speak more English than Spanish so I don’t know how much energy I will have to teach her, because it is exhausting, trust me. Trying to make them understand how important it is to learn my language, my background, my heritage and the importance of been bilingual; so only the time will give me the answer I am looking for. I know I will try my best but this little girl is very stubborn, so hopefully she will learn Spanish no matter what;)

The great gift of all this  bilingual thing, or speaking other languages is, that the kid learns to be more social, appreciates and respects other cultures and enjoys the beauty of been bilingual.

I can share my secret now…I wish one day I speak French fluently or Italian:) and even better if it is both;)

till next time…

Evelyn Brooks