¡Hola! I’m Madison, and I am so happy you’re here to join me on this wild ride that is parenting bilinguals. I say bilinguals, but it’s so much more than that! Learning a language means learning a culture, and learning about other cultures allows our children to becoming bridges between two worlds, essentially.

I mostly will be talking about books here; bilingual books, diverse books, books that we as parents can use as tools. I have always loved reading, as a child I would prefer to sit in my room and devour my latest book from the library over pretty much any other activity. As an adult I graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and loved experiencing the magic of a good book, but this time in Spanish.

I learned Spanish when I was 21, while serving a full-time service mission for my church in Houston, Texas. I fell in love with the language and with the people whom I served. I had even joked that when I returned home from my mission I would try and find a Latino to marry, preferably one who spoke with an accent and had a doble r in his last name so I could roll the r when I said my name. Well, I wish I had added more to that list, like millionaire or salsa dancer, because that’s exactly what happened! I returned home and within a year I met my future husband, Abraham, who had immigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico.

I love our multicultural family! We get to pull the best practices and traditions from each of our cultures and pass them on to our 3 children. We celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos, Christmas and Día de Reyes, 4th of July and September 16th. I grew up not even aware of many Mexican traditions so I am always learning, thanks to a beautiful community and family who are always willing to teach me.

I hope you feel part of this community and will engage in the topics that I share here. Raising children is hard, raising bilinguals is hard, but together, ¡Sí, se puede!

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