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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

It was my son’s last day of school. He is now four years old. One more year and he will be off to kindergarten. I decided to write this blog post because after hearing those kids singing God Bless America – My home sweet home. It brought tears in my eyes. Making me realize how much time has passed, what have I learned after all those years?; with my son being in pre-school and indeed reafirming that this is MY HOME SWEET HOME.

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Even though I will always miss my family and friends in Peru after a few weeks there I miss my home in the States, my house, my bed, my car, etc, etc…and once more this is one of the reasons why I write this blog TWO WORLDS ONE CHICA. So many could understand how I feel as an immigrant that will always belong to two worlds. Hoping one day my kids will read my blog and learn about all the things mommy and daddy went through.

Let me share with you a little bit of what I have learned…

Tyler’s pre-school was recommended to me by a neighbor. To be honest I didn’t have time to look around for preschools. I wonder how many mompreneurs have the time to look around for pre-schools? I enrolled him and started to pray so it was a good place for him and for us to be part of. My son Tyler goes to All God’s Children in Alexandria VA

From the beginning I knew this isn’t Lima-Peru. So I would have to learn how things work around here in many areas. I will need a few posts to tell you ALL about JUST PRESCHOOL.

Tyler with Ms. Laura on his 1st day of school at All God's Children

Tyler with Ms. Laura on his 1st day of school at All God’s Children

Whenever we travel to Peru, I also try to enroll my son to pre-school, for many different reasons but most importantly because I want him to be around other kids to play & learn while practicing his Spanish.

This is what I have seen in Lima, for example:

– Before the end of classes, teachers take 30min to clean the kid, wash their hands, brush their hair, even put cologne.

– Teachers or assistants carry their backpacks to their classrooms, poor little kid he could fall off if he/she does it herself

– Teachers write everyday in a notepad what the kid has done

– Most of the teachers and assistants greet the kids everyday with a kiss and a hug as they walk into the pre-school

– I love that Tyler wears a uniform so I did not have to think or fight with him every morning about what to wear to school;)

Tyler with his teacher in Lima - Peru

Tyler with his teacher in Lima – Peru

Lunch time

Let me tell you my experience in the States so far…

– Kids have to carry their own backpack and lunch box. Teaching the kid to  to be self-sufficient and to carrying its own belongings. I can still remember Tyler’s teacher telling me: Oh…Tyler can carry his own backpack. Sometimes I forget to do it, but it is true he can do it.

– Here they teach them to dress themselves, put their own jackets, put their backpacks.

– They teach them to be independent. When my mom sees Tyler put in on his shoes she says: Poor him, he doesn’t have anybody to help him!!!

and many other things…most important also Tyler has made great friends:) as well as practicing & learning his English.

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Tyler's art work:)

Tyler’s art work:)

I think one of the things I miss the most is the warmness of our culture. The hugs and kisses for us is so natural. In Brasil they even give three kisses…so I think is a latin…thing or shall we say our flavor;)

I respect every culture and every country I have lived in. My best advice is just adapt and respect so you can be happy wherever you live.

I must also say one of the things I feel proud of; is that I did not listen to those people who told me. Do not teach Tyler Spanish until he is 3 years old. Right now he is fluent in both Spanish & English. He still has to practice both but we are very happy with his accomplishments.

I truly love the pre-school where Tyler’s goes to. I would not feel well if I would see him un-happy. Now we will spend part of his summer break in Peru;)

Hope this blogpost helps you while raising a bilingual family.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Brooks