Maritere (Mari) Bellas Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children | Author
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 HipLatina.com, Huff Post,
Mamásporelmundo.com, and has been featured in todobebé.com, and HuffPostVoces.
Her website www.maritererodriguezbellas.com 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.
To connect with Mari: facebook.com/MaritereRodriguezBellas