Maritere Rodriguez Bellas is an award winning book author, bilingual and bicultural parenting expert. She was the voice for Latino parents long before the existence of online parenting resources. Her parenting column for La Opinión, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country was published weekly for twelve years. Vista magazine, distributed her articles nationally and online via the ImpreMedia group, in the top 15 U.S. Hispanic markets. A digital influencer since the fall of 2014, she is a contributor to Connect Her Media and HipLatina.com, a guest writer for Huffington Post, and has been featured in Ser Padres, Healthy Kids en Español, Alegria Bilingual Magazine, Latina Style, todobebé.com, mamásporelmundo.com, El Nuevo Día, and El Post Antillano, among others.
Her website www.maritererodriguezbellas.com, where she blogs, is a place where she shares her wisdom as an award-winning Latina book author and Latina mom. She appears regularly on Spanish language media (Univision and Telemundo), where she shares her parenting expertise.
Maritere is the author of Raising BilingualChildren/Cómo Criar Niños Bilingues, and Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children. Her next project is a series of three bilingual children’s books, Yunito’s Adventures. The first book, Español, No Mami/Spanish, No, Mommy, finds Yunito teaching his Kindergarten friends about being bilingual. She raised two children with two languages and three cultures. Maritere and her Greek-American husband live in Southern California.
Find out more about Mari at maritererodriguezbellas, where she blogs and shares her wisdom as an award-winning Latina book author and Latina mom. You can also follow her on Instagram @ latinaboomermom, on Twitter @ maritererbellas and on Face Book @ Maritere Rodriguez Bellas.
In today’s episode, I talk with award winning author, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas. Mari was the first person to leave a comment on my website about my show and one of the first members of The New 30 Community. She then shared a beautiful article she wrote for her blog, in which she talked about her recent experience with her last child leaving home. I thought it would be fun to talk to Mari about that experience and to find out more about how she started her writing career. Mari was born and raised in Puerto Rico and talks about how she became fluent in English as a child while attending Catholic schools in which she was taught by nuns who spoke only English. She shares how she came to the United States when she was 21 years old to study and earned a communications degree from Pepperdine University in California, and how she started on her path to becoming a bi-cultural free-lance writer for numerous Spanish language newspapers, publications and magazines, writing articles ranging from the how-to, challenges and rewards of raising bilingual and bi-cultural children to the pros and cons of adopting American values and traditions, including how parents relationships with children evolves throughout their kids milestones: tweens, teens, college age, young adults and even millennials.
We also talk a bit about how she’s dealing with having an empty nest, now that her 28 year-old son has moved out on his own and what she misses about having him home with her.
I’d love to hear from you about how you handled your kids’ leaving home or how you’re doing as you face their upcoming departure. And if you’re enjoying the show, I’d love it if you could head over to iTunes to subscribe and leave me a rating and review.
Thank you so much for listening this week! Karen