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As a mom of two teens, I am fascinated by the case in the news about Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old student who is suing her family for financial support, after she says she was "forced out" from her home because she didn't want to obey her parents' rules. The case is receiving international media attention and I can totally understand why. I am sure that every mom who has raised teenagers can relate! Canning, a senior at a private Catholic high school in Denville, New Jersey, reminds me of my own daughter and so many other "typical" suburban teens.
I think that my kids' success in school is largely due to the good study habits that we've instilled in them since they were very young. Although many factors have contributed to their success, here are seven of the study habits that I feel have been most important.
It fascinates me just how different Latinos are from non-Latinos when it comes to conducting business. My Gringa colleagues absolutely love going to business meetings that include Latinos. They all tell me, "Take me with you! Your meetings with Latinos are so much fun. They are warmer and livelier."
I think the main reason why I never smoked is because my mom was a chain smoker. I hated the smell--it seemed to permeate everyone and everything around us. Even though she smoked for decades, she gave it up after one of her many mandas. This practice is common in Latin America. You ask God or a Saint for help, such as healing someone, and then you do or give up something in exchange.
Years later, after learning about the direct link between tobacco usage and cancer, we were grateful she had quit.
The storyline behind the catchy ranchera "Muchacho de Campo" by Voz de Mando reminds me of the typical novelas that I used to watch when I was young. The usual plot consisted of the rich guy falling for the muchacha who worked as a maid or who came from a poor farming family.
This is the one aspect of my Latin culture that still shocks me! Perhaps classism is not as prevalent here in the U.S. because there is less of a gap between the haves and have-nots. Although I've been in Mexico just a few times I feel like classism is even more pronounced there. I could tell by the way the ricos treated people in service and transportation. Although my family was highly educated and came from the upper middle class from Chile, we were brought up differently.