¡Ahhhhh! Las mentiras blancas que les decimos las mamás y los papás a nuestros hijos… A mí, mi mamá me decía que había un país (Finlandia) donde hacía tanto, pero tanto frío, que los helados eran calientes. Como me lo decía mi mamá, pues me lo creí hasta que tuve como 12 años y recuerdo que ya una mujer hecha y derecha, caminando por las calles de Helsinki en el verano de 1998, no paraba de reír pensando en las ocurrencias de mi mamá y en mi inocencia de niña.
Lo que sí no me hizo mucha gracia, fue que también mi mamá, quien era estrictísima y nos daba unos jarabes de lengua interminables para inculcarnos el valor de la honestidad, me mintiera —y durante siete largos años—, con la historia de los regalos de Navidad y el Niño Jesús.Continue Reading >
Desafortunadamente el huracán Sandy ha dejado muchos daños y hasta muertos a su paso. Por más preparados que estemos en casa, prevenir los daños que puede causar un fenómeno natural no está en nuestras manos. La tensión que se siente al prepararnos nos afecta a todos; los preparativos en la casa, las idas al supermercado y ver las hileras totalmente vacías, ver la ciudad totalmente en silencio, el ser evacuados de sus hogares, una pérdida de alguien cercano, y cómo nos recuperamos, son sólo algunos de los cambios. Y como es de esperarse, los niños pueden sentirse asustados y hasta cambiar su comportamiento antes, durante y después de la catástrofe.Continue Reading >
How would you react if you found out that someone was bullying your child? Has your child ever been bullied? Both of mine have and it breaks my heart. Bullying is not something that I ever went through, unless you count my little brother holding me down and letting his saliva dangle over my face. Don't pretend that you don't know what I am talking about, you know you do!
Honestly, the entire concept is foreign to me. I'd never experienced it until it happened to my children and I have to say, I would have much rather preferred that it happened to me.Continue Reading >
We all know about the Venezuelan presidential election earlier this week which ended...well, for lack of a better word, crappily. Hugo Chavez was re-elected for a third time as president and not only were many Venezuelans unhappy by this outcome, but others took to expressing their disappointment in the results--including our very own Senior Editor, Vicglamar Torres' son who cried and asked: ¿Por qué se quedó el malo? Y ahora ¿qué vamos a hacer? (Why did the evil one stay? What are we going to do now?)
A national survey showed that 50 percent of parents are still uneasy speaking to their teen about sex, compared to 82 percent of teens not willing to talk to their parents about the topic. Everyone knows that the sex talk is…well, rather uncomfortable. So I wasn't surprised to hear about this new survey showing that teens still aren't talking to their parents about sex--even though parents are more willing to do so.
At least 1 in 6 teens have never spoken to their parents about sex, but even if they are comfortable talking about it, addressing sex still brings parents anxiety and their good intentions go unnoticed by their teens. So how can we fix that?
Desafortunadamente no podemos tapar el cielo con una mano. Actualmente la realidad es que la obesidad entre los niños en este país ha llegado a unas cifras nunca antes vistas. Sin olvidarnos de que la obesidad en los niños y adolescentes en nuestra comunidad hispana se ha triplicado en las últimas décadas. Este problema, o quizás debería decir epidemia, ya está identificado y analizado, pero la pregunta es porqué no hacemos nada para cambiar esta realidad, sabiendo los efectos colaterales que acarrea, puesto que lasconsecuencias físicas y emocionales de ser obeso son muchas.
Can being a more nurturing mother be tied to your cultural background and your ethnicity? Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, seem to think so. Or, at least, that's what they found according to a study published in the scientific journal Child Development. After visiting the homes, interviewing, and observing more than 5,000 mothers some born in Mexico, others born in China, and the rest in the U.S., they found that Mexican mom are more nurturing than Chinese- and native-born mothers!
If you're Latina, you're probably not surprised by these results. After all, it's a well-known fact that one of the characteristics that binds us is the utmost importance we give to family and, in particular, to the role of mamás in our culture.Continue Reading >
Quinceañera celebrations have traditionally been part of our culture for hundreds of years and I'm probably one of the few Latinas who can admit that she has never had one or really wanted one in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of the celebration, but the amount of money people shell out for them is sometimes absurd.
Finally, some good news regarding Latinos and higher education. The Pew Hispanic Center has just released some very encouraging numbers for 2011 and they basically show that for the first time, more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college. This means that Latinos are now the largest minority group with a record 16.5 percent enrollment share in the country's four-year college campuses.
When it comes to two-year colleges, Latinos now account for one quarter (or 25.2 percent) of the 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled.Continue Reading >
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 >