Procter & Gamble (P&G) hosted a "Thank you, mom" panel to discuss the ever changing roles of parenting in today's society. One of P&G's panelists was MamásLatinas co-founder Lucia Ballas-Traynor who, along with the other speakers, expressed their thoughts on parenting in their respective households.
But Lucia brought to light the one thing the majority of moms have in common: the need to be in touch with their culture.Continue Reading >
Four years ago, when my best friend and I launched SpanglishBaby, a blog for parents raising bilingual children, we had a hard time finding any kind of products that would help us raise them proud of their heritage too. Since then, it seems like the market for this type of products has exploded. From apparel to toys and even decor for their rooms, there is now a plethora of choices to choose from.
Today, I wanted to share my favorite online boutiques that cater to parents like you and I who are raising proud bicultural children.Continue Reading >
Every year I jokingly say that my family has THE most unique Thanksgiving dinner on the planet. With my mom being Russian, my dad being Cuban, and us taking on American traditions ever since we came here in the early '90s, it might actually be pretty true. Every year, when we sit down at our dinner table, surrounded by friends and family, I can't help but smile at the varied array of dishes we have collected and added to our big, fat multicultural Thanksgiving.Continue Reading >
¿Por qué será que los latinos tenemos tantos temas tabúes entre nosotros mismos --desde hablar sobre la homosexualidad en nuestras familias hasta las relaciones sexuales antes del matrimonio--? No querer abordar temas tan importantes como estos, puede afectar a nuestras familias en muchos niveles y dar como resultado, que nuestros hijos nunca conozcan algunas verdades y realidades. Como comenta nuestra editora Johanna Torres, a veces como madres tenemos que forzarnos a discutir temas difíciles "para que las cosas no se queden tan estáticas". Hablamos abiertamente sobre todo esto y más en este capítulo de ¡Oye!
As the mom of a first-grader who's growing up bilingual but goes to an all-English school, this is something that worries me tremendously. Until last year, when she entered kindergarten, my daughter Vanessa was exposed to Spanish the majority of her waking hours. Even though she attended preschool, it was only a few hours a day three times a week and the rest of the time she was home with her Spanish-speaking nanny and, later on, with her Spanish-speaking parents.
I wasn't too worried about her increased exposure to English (and decreased exposure to Spanish) during kinder because she didn't know how to read or write yet. But now that she does, I feel like I have to work overtime to keep Spanish alive at home.Continue Reading >
Motherhood does appear to be inching later in life for more and more women these days. And there are many personal reasons for this choice. For some though, it's the opposite as they're worried about becoming late mothers and its possible consequences. What was/is your choice? That and more in this episode of ¡Oye!Continue Reading >
Me preocupo mucho porque mis hijos sean completamente bilingües. Y cuando digo bilingües no me refiero a que entiendan a una persona que les hable despacio sino que de verdad puedan leer, escribir y establecer una conversación en español. De igual manera les confieso que me siento frustrada cuando les hablas en español a tus hijos y te contestan en inglés.
I was eight years old when my family moved to the United States. It was just my parents, me and my younger brother, who was only 2 at the time. My family adjusted quickly to life in America. I learned English, went to school and pretty much consider myself an American. My parents had a bit of a tougher time learning English, of course, but--despite their heavy accents--they are pretty comfortable with the language now and we often talk only in English when we're all together.
They've adjusted to life here and we all consider ourselves proud Americans. I consider myself as having (mostly) grown up here but my brother, despite being raised by a Cuban father and Russian mother, is the true Gringo of the family.Continue Reading >
Until recently, my answer to that question was yes. I was one of those Latina moms who practically forced her children to say hello by giving everybody a kiss. I mean, I'm not talking complete strangers here, but I do mean my friends, the (Latino) parents of their friends and definitely our family members. But lately I've been thinking that this is not such a hot idea. Even though it's the way I was raised and it's a completely cultural thing, upon further reflection, I have to say that I'm simply not okay with forcing my kids to do something they don't want to do.
Now, there's a big difference between being a brat with no manners and simply not feeling comfortable giving someone they don't really know a kiss. Truly, what worries me the most is sending mix signals to my children. In other words, I'm constantly telling them that they should never ever let anyone touch them and yet I'm forcing them to kiss people they barely know? How confusing is that?Continue Reading >
Every time I see Juliana (my 6 year old daughter) struggle with life situations --you know, making friends, dealing with mean kids, getting sad, getting moody with homework-- I do something. I just do. There's always an immediate reaction on my part (and it is not always a good one).
I fail to understand that sometimes she's just sharing things with me and she doesn't want me to do anything, but listen and be there for her. But no, I'm a controlling, crazy woman who springs to action when her daughter says the she is getting mistreated by a friend. I say things to her like, "Don't let her talk to you like that."
I get furious with the situation and I make it all worse.Continue Reading >