"Shhh… I have a secret and I don’t want anyone to know about it. I’m starting school and I am so happy that my teacher only asks us to share our first name. If she asked for my last name I think everyone might find out what my secret is." What happens when a young boy not only doesn't want to speak his native language of Spanish, he doesn't want anyone to speak Spanish to him, even at home, and doesn't want anyone at his school to know that he is of Spanish descent?
This is the story being told by Maritere Bellas in her book I Have a Secret! ¡Tengo un Secreto!: Yunito’s Adventures-Las Aventuras de Yunito. Mari is an advocate for raising multi-cultural and multi-lingual children ready to compete in a global society.
Maritere Rodriguez Bellas is an international award-winning bilingual, bicultural Latina author, parent topic expert, speaker, and host on both podcasts and social media. Her podcast Mamas411 focuses on raising multi cultural and multilingual children not just in the United States but around the world and provides information, resources, and tools for parents to raise children ready to compete in a global society. Mari combines her passion for writing and her devotion to motherhood to create a diverse platform of resources for parents looking to raise bilingual, multilingual, and multicultural children. Mari was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is the mother of two young adult children, raised with two languages and three cultures, and she lives with her Greek American husband in Southern California.