Latina mom stereotypes

There are so many Latina mom stereotypes floating around that drive me crazy. Some of them are pretty ridiculous. As a Latina mom, I want to address them once and for all. Click through for la mera neta about these stereotypes and let's set the record straight.

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That we are superstitious 1

That we are superstitious

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Call it superstition if you want, but why should we take chances when we don’t have to? Lighting a vela never hurts when you want something and I don’t put my purse on the floor, which is why I always have money. You think that is a coincidence? Ask your friend’s broke gringa mom who is always putting her bag on the piso to borrow five dollars then. 

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We think Vicks cures everything 2

We think Vicks cures everything

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No, we know Vicks has its limits, but we also know that it's cheaper to start off by applying Vicks along with a little “sana, sana colita…” chant before we spend money on going to the doctor. 

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That we all use a chancla to discipline our kids 3

That we all use a chancla to discipline our kids

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That’s so not true, some of us use a cuchara de palo, thank you very much. 

That we can never admit when we are wrong 4

That we can never admit when we are wrong

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We can’t argue this one way or another because we’ve never been wrong so there is nothing to admit to. 

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That we play the martyr 5

That we play the martyr

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Please, like we have time to “play” anything. We are too busy cooking, cleaning and taking care of our families to have time to play. 

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That we’ll do anything for our kids 6

That we’ll do anything for our kids

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I mean we’ll come close to doing anything, but during telenovela hours you best believe our kids know better than to ask us to do anything for them.  

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That we’re the best cooks 7

That we’re the best cooks

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OK, this stereotype is totally true and even if we’re not that good, our kids end up loving our food because they can taste the love it was made with. 

That we are obsessive about sweaters 8

That we are obsessive about sweaters

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What, a mother can’t remind her kid not to go out in 90 degree weather without a sueter por si acaso without being accused of being obsessive? It’s called caring, criticones should try it sometime. 

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That we’ll call you fat and then force feed you 9

That we’ll call you fat and then force feed you

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Fat people gotta eat too, qué no

That we never want our children to leave home 10

That we never want our children to leave home

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Our kids can totally leave home. We want them to grow and move out and experience the world, we just want them to take us with them.