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For all of you who speak Spanish or French and are bringing up your children multilingual, check out Pluribus Linguis to see how one family goes about this ambitious task.  (The site is in French and Spanish.)  Feel free to share your own experiences bringing up multilingual kids in the comments below. Pour vous qui parlez...
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NPR recently asked people what they thought was true as a kid.  Here are a couple of my favorites: Kim: "When the news mentioned guerrilla warfare, I wondered why gorillas were fighting." Helen: "I thought the ‘olden days’ were in black and white." Emily: "LMNOP was one letter of the alphabet." [I thought that too! –Mama Lisa] Check it...
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Once a few years ago I had a conversation with a friend from China about cooking in the U.S.  She found it amusing that most Americans cook with recipes… recipes that tell you exactly how to cook with precise measurements of ingredients.  She said that in China recipes were handed down within the family and...
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Someone posted a picture on Facebook recently of this Fisher Price House from the seventies. It may seem silly, but the floor dropped beneath me and I could remember being little and playing with that exact same house.  I was transported back in time for a split second and could remember being four years old.  I...
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Today is my dog Mango’s 4th birthday!  When Mango turned one, and my daughter was much younger, we had a big dog birthday party.  We invited other kids with their dogs. As a special treat I made homemade Tuna Treats for all the dogs.  This year I made Mango these treats once again.  Boy, was...
Emanuela works in a school with young kids from different countries.  She asked if anyone could help with some questions about how children are cared for and disciplined in various cultures.  Here’s her letter: I have a special request to you and I think you can help me because you know people of many cultures.  In...
This week our kids went back to school where I live.  Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come.  My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop.  The poem...
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Michelle Obama hosted a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House this week.  The 54 kids invited were the winners of Epicurious’ Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.  The kids all created yummy recipes that were half vegetable or fruit, and affordable.  You can download the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook online for free.
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My family and I took a trip to Washington DC last weekend.  It’s the first time we’d been there in many years and there have been a lot of changes.  Several new major monuments have opened. One of the most impressive is the FDR Monument.  It’s a particularly great destination if anyone in your party...
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To increase your family’s intake of fruit and veggies in school or at work, here’s a simple trick… Cut an apple or orange and place a rubber band around it. Then place it in a baggy or container. It keeps the fruit fresh and juicy on the inside, yet it’s easy to eat. Enjoy! –Mama Lisa
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Here’s a great list of 100 Ways to Be Kind to Your Child.  Because kindness starts at home! Love, Mama Lisa
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When my son was born, my husband’s grandmother asked if she could tie a red ribbon to the bottom of his crib.  This was to ward off the "evil eye" and keep away bad luck. Some people wear a red string or bracelet on their left hand to ward off the "evil eye" too.  The red...
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All kids should watch this video below for inspiration… it’s a good answer the question, "Why should I do well in school?"
Andrea Garrido shared with us an early childhood memory of the Spanish lullaby called "La loba".  She’s from Montevideo, Uruguay. Here’s what she wrote: Since I was young, I heard "The She-Wolf" as a lullaby sung in my family. My grandmother sang it to me at night when I stayed at her home overnight. She would...
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The poem, Perseverance or Try Again by William Hickson appeared as a song in his book "The Singing Master" in 1836.  It’s believed he coined the proverb "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again": ‘Tis a lesson you should heed– Try, try, try again; ...
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Cinnamon Ornaments smell great!  They’re very easy to make and are a nice early Christmas gift to give.  I made ours in somewhat neutral shapes so people could keep them hanging around the house for the yummy smell after Christmas.  We made stars, crescent moons, hearts and trees.  Below you can find the recipe for...
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We’ve been without electricity, and have had only intermittent internet connections, since last Monday due to Hurricane Sandy.  There are many people in similar situations (or worse) in the areas affected by the hurricane.  This is the most we’ve been without electronical devices and computers since they became widespread in the 1990’s.  I’ve found we’re...
What is Success? is a poem written by Bessie A. Stanley.  It’s a poem that explores what it means to live a full, fruitful, compassionate life.  These are topics that are important to speak with children about.  You can listen to the poem and read along below… MP3 of What is Success? What is Success? He has achieved...
Here’s a 3 minute video for kids about the 8 secrets to success.  Psst… here’s what they are… Passion (do it for love, not money) Hard Work Get Good at It Push (through self doubt, etc.) Serve Others Something of Value ...
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It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish.  This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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