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Growing up Latino is a point of pride for us--and we wouldn't change that experience for the world. I always knew there was something different about my parents (you pick up on it either early on or later, when you meet people who were not raised by Latino parents).

Our families are not like any other culture. We have our traditions, our own quirks, and our own little ways of doing things. There is a special feeling we get when we look back on our childhoods and think of all the moments we shared with our parents, our grandparents, and the rest of our families--and it's something we always carry with us. 

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Latino parents have a reputation for being strict, sometimes overbearing, but always with their kids' best interests in mind. Family is at the core of who we are as a culture, and it makes us who we are as individuals. 

We may roll our eyes at some of the things our parents did (and do), but you have to admit, growing up Latino is an amazing experience. So check out our list of ways to tell if you were raised Latino. If you recognize three or more of the following scenarios, you were undoubtedly raised by Latino parents.

Everyone comes to the party ... four hours after the arranged time. 1

Everyone comes to the party ... four hours after the arranged time.

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You usually have to tell everyone the event begins two hours before it actually does so they'll be on time. Even then, many are late.

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Your abuela is always worried about your health. 2

Your abuela is always worried about your health.

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There's no such thing as walking around barefoot in a Latino household. Your abuela firmly believes that if you don't use socks, you'll end up with pneumonia.

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Your mom always made sure you were prepared when you went out. 3

Your mom always made sure you were prepared when you went out.

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You always had a jacket or a sweater with you, even in the dead of summer, because your mom never stopped thinking you would get cold at some point.

Family dinners were serious business in your house. 4

Family dinners were serious business in your house.

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Your parents or abuelos invest a huge portion of their salary in feeding the entire family on Sundays, and they spend an equal amount of money in trying to keep you always "healthy" and well fed.

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The art of cooking is taken seriously in your family. 5

The art of cooking is taken seriously in your family.

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You are completely adept at preparing kick-ass tamales, arepas, pasteles, or any other typical dish that involves fitting as many calories into as tiny a portion possible.

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Seasoning and flavor is a MUST in our food. 6

Seasoning and flavor is a MUST in our food.

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Food without adobo or chile is not food.

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You have so many family members, it's hard to keep up. 7

You have so many family members, it's hard to keep up.

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When relatives visit, you meet cousins you've never seen before in your life, because you have about 490 of them spread all over the world. They come in large groups and make themselves at home in your living room for at least a month.

Talking to your mom on the phone is an experience. 8

Talking to your mom on the phone is an experience.

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People stare when you talk to your mom on the phone. For the record: No, we're not screaming or mad! THAT'S JUST HOW WE TALK!

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Going out to eat with your family is an event! 9

Going out to eat with your family is an event!

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The five-plus hours you spend at restaurants with your clan drives waiters crazy wherever you go.

Sometimes your family does some peculiar things. 10

Sometimes your family does some peculiar things.

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Your abuela/tía/prima also tries to take everything from the breadbasket to the silverware to the sugar packets with her when you leave that same restaurant.

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Your parents did not play when it came to discipline. 11

Your parents did not play when it came to discipline.

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You know the meaning of chancleta and el cinturón, but more importantly, you know their implications.

Quinceañeras were a big deal in your family. 12

Quinceañeras were a big deal in your family.

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You may be 42 years old, but your parents are still paying for the humongous quinceañera party they threw for you.

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There were certain things your parents just didn't allow. 13

There were certain things your parents just didn't allow.

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You had to lie to your non-Latino friends about not being able to sleep over at their house because your parents simply thought that entire concept was crazy.

Holidays were a little different for you. 14

Holidays were a little different for you.

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You were dressed up as either el Chavo del Ocho, la Chilidrina, or el Chapulín Colorado for at least one Halloween.

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Sometimes our family members party a little too hard. 15

Sometimes our family members party a little too hard.

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One of your happy uncles/cousins/brothers may have by mistake passed out drunk during your wedding.

Some of our parents' ideals were a bit outdated. 16

Some of our parents' ideals were a bit outdated.

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They made you wash the dishes in your house all the time, but your brother was exempt from the chores because "he's a boy."

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You celebrate life every chance you get. 17

You celebrate life every chance you get.

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You clap every time the plane touches down in your native country when you go back to visit...and so does everyone else in your family.

Grandmas swear they have the cure for everything. 18

Grandmas swear they have the cure for everything.

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Vicks VapoRub is used as the magical cure-all for everything from colds to burns to dry, cracked skin by everyone in your family.

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Your parents had the best tricks to comfort you. 19

Your parents had the best tricks to comfort you.

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You heard "Sana, sana, colita de rana" every time you hurt yourself.

Your parents are always by your side. 20

Your parents are always by your side.

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And finally, your parents would give up anything just to give you everything you needed. They were determined to help you get ahead and raise you right. And even in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you will always be their baby.