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About Cesar

About Me I’m a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. For many years I have been the creative force behind and 2 years ago I gave up my steady job so I could spend more time at home and be more involved in my kid’s lives. I …

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About me Hola! I’m Paula and  I am the founder of Growing Up Bilingual. I was born in Guatemala moved to the United States in 2008 with my husband Cesar and two children.  In Guatemala I studied in an bilingual school and always wanted the same for my children. I thought teaching them English would be …

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Founder and Editor Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer specializing in social media and Hispanic markets. Along with her husband she is the owner of Catalyst Creative Studio, a graphic design and marketing firm in Southwest Florida. She started her writing career as the founder and editor of Bebé y Mamá, …

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  1. Ida

    Hi! I’m am as passionate about raising bi-cultural children as you are. My parents are Cuban and I was born and raised in Miami. My son speaks both English and Spanish and is now learning to read in both languages. I think being able to speak multiple languages will give him a better advantage. I would also like for him to learn another language but am giving him the opportunity to pick one that he is interested in.
    Just started following your blog. Keep up the awesome work!
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  2. Hitch-Hikers Handbook

    Hi Paula, great blog! Thanks a lot for connecting with us on Twitter! We are a Polish-English couple living in Spain so it’s looking very likely that we will have bi- or trilingual kids. We are very happy to connect with you and see your perspective on growing up bilingual. Have a nice Sunday!
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  3. Maritere Rodriguez Bellas

    Hi guys, I found you on twitter! Congratulations on this great, close to my heart, website. My book Raising Bilingual Children by Simon and Schuster was out in English in Sept and the Spanish version, Cómo Criar Niños Bilingues is out TODAY! See below. I would like to stay connected and reach out to you when I am writing parenting articles so I can quote you. Can you send me your email address? Mine is above. I am now following you on twitter. My next book is Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children and it will be out next year. I would like to get a quote or two from you for the book. Let me know if you are interested. Please visit my FB page or Linked In under Maritere Rodriguez Bellas to learn more about me. Thank you for your time. Best, Mari

  4. Koogle

    Hello Paula,

    I stumbled happily upon your website….I think I did a search for Champurradas? I have loved reading what you’ve written about Christmas in Guatemala!…such as “Ponche de Frutas,” “The Posadas in Guatemala,” and “Sharing El Día de Reyes with my Kids,” to name a few.

    I taught a Christmas Around the World unit study in December…and in one of my resource books, the author described a tradition in Guatemala that I was unable to find described elsewhere. I would really like to know if it is a tradition that takes place in only one part of Guatemala…or maybe not at all in recent times??

    Specifically, the resource book states that the Palo Voladare (flying pole dance) is an unusual celebration that takes place on St. Thomas Day, December 21st.

    If you can provide clarification about this, I will appreciate it greatly!! Thank you!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Hi Koogle,
      Thanks for writing. The Palo Volador is a tradition that only takes place 3 times per year in different parts of Guatemala. It really is not tied to Christmas in any way that I know of. It is done in March, July and August. Each area does it on a different date too.

      1. Koogle

        Thanks, Paula. 🙂
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  5. Tereza

    Dear Paula and Cesar,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    I really enjoy your blog and would like to ask you whether you have already been in Prague. Ginger & Fred Restaurant is located in the 7th floor of famous Dancing House design by Frank Gehry and I strongly believe that you could find our menu and view interesting.

    Please, let me know if Prague is on your bucket list!

    Kind greetings,


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