Maritere (Mari) Bellas Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children | Author

Maritere (Mari) Bellas

Maritere, or Mari, as she is known by family  and   friends,   is  a bilingual and bicultural, author, free-lance writer, and blogger with a degree in communications from Pepperdine University in California.  Realizing she could combine her two life passions, writing and motherhood, Maritere became a voice for Latino parents long before the existence   of   online   parenting   resources.     For   eleven   years,   Maritere   wrote   a   highly
regarded and influential parenting column for La Opinión, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country. During that time, she also wrote for Ser Padres and for Healthy Kids en Español.  For four years, her articles  appeared in Vista  magazine, distributed nationally and online via the ImpreMedia group, in the top 15 U.S. Hispanic markets.  A parenting blogger since the fall of 2014, she is a contributor to, Huff Post,
Mamá, and  has   been  featured   in   todobebé.com,   and   HuffPostVoces.

Her website where she blogs, is a place where she shares her wisdom as a Latina boomer mom. Mari’s parenting articles deal with a vast range of issues facing immigrant parents seeking   to   find   a   balance   between   the  culture   they   left  behind   and   the   culture  they adopted.  In easy-to-understand “how-to” text, she tackles topics such as the challenges, rewards   and   effects   of   raising   bilingual   and   bicultural   children,   to   sibling   rivalry, balancing career and motherhood, fathers and children, the teenage years, and, as the
mother of two Millennials, she also shares her life adventures as a Latina boomer mom.

Maritere’s first book, Raising BilingualChildren/Cómo Criar Niños Bilingues, was published by Simon and Schuster as an e-book in English and in Spanish, the fall of 2014 and received a finalist award at The International Latino Book Awards in 2015. Raising Bilingual Children is an easy, user-friendly, how-to guidebook for the new and technologically savvy immigrant parent.  This is the book that busy parents will go to
when searching for advice and direction about the everyday joys and challenges of raising a bilingual child.

Her second book,  Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children, was published in march 2016 and has been nominated for the International Latino Book Awards this coming fall in two categories. This time, Maritere distills her wisdom into one unified tome, offering immigrant parents a comprehensive guide for understanding their   emotions,   solving   their   problems   and   finding   joy   in   their   multicultural   reality.
Topics include everything from understanding the stages of assimilation to the differences between the American Way and the Hispanic Way, to the benefits and advantages of being raised bilingual and bicultural.

Currently,   Maritere is   working   on   a   bilingual   children’s   book   series,  Yunito’s Bicultural Adventures.  The first book, “Español No, Mami” (Spanish No, Mommy) finds Yunito motivating children ages 4-7 to feel pride for their family’s native language. Maritere was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  Her husband grew up in Ohio and is 100% Greek.  She is the mother of two young adult children, a boy and a girl, raised with
three cultures, and she lives in Southern California.
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