These are some things I’ve observed with my own children who are being raised between Salvadoran and American cultures. Which ones apply to your bicultural children? What are some of the unique things about your child and the cultures they’re being raised in?
15 signs you’re doing a good job of raising bicultural children
#1. The forks on the dinner table go untouched as they scoop up every bite of their meal in a tortilla.
#2. Not only can they dance the Hokey Pokey, they know the moves to La Bala.
#3. Their iPod contains popular American music, but also a cumbia or two.
#4. They own at least one pair of pajamas from St. Jack’s, a Selecta uniform, and at least one shirt with incorrect English phrasing on it, (bought for them by a Tío who didn’t know better.)
#5. A look in their toy box reveals not just a Nintendo DS but trompos and capiruchos.
#6. They have been equally visited by both Ratoncito Pérez and the Tooth Fairy.
#7. They become perplexed when their Anglo school friends don’t know what common everyday household objects such as a “comal” are.
#8. They can do a perfect Chavo del 8 impression.
#9. They drink horchata with their peanut butter and jelly sandwich at lunch time.
#10. There are people completely unrelated to them that they call “Tío” and “Tía.” They’re shocked to find out they aren’t really family.
#11. When anyone talks about “football” they assume the conversation is about soccer.
#12. They have the English and Spanish version of their favorite bedtime story.
#13. For Christmas dinner they request that in addition to ham, you prepare panes con pavo.
#14. They use a chancla to kill moscas and are surprised to learn that an invention called a “flyswatter” actually exists.
#15. Despite the craziness of their own household, they find mono-cultural houses to be “kind of weird.”