Oh, parents! I love and admire you guys. After all, you have the hardest job in the world: raising little floppy beings into functioning members of society. That's quite a feat. And so it's because of this that I've decided to give you all a pass when you do some of the incredibly weird, sometimes gross things that you do for and to your children. You know what I'm talking about. Like when you use spit to clean their faces. That's disgusting!
Jeane and Paul Briggs from Falling Waters, West Virginia, transformed the meaning of the word adoption. In all they have thirty four children, yes, I wrote the number correctly. They had five of their own and then adopted twenty nine children from all over the world. Jeane always knew she wanted a big family, but didn't know how big. In 1985 she found out through her church that a blind 2-year-old Mexican boy with severe brain damage was up for adoption. She traveled to Mexico and adopted the boy! He was the first, but obviously not the last. The couple is ready to adopt baby number thirty five, an infant without arms and legs from Ghana.
Sweetie, what do you want for your birthday? Mom, I want a dissected Hello Kitty. Ugh? Mom, I want an I Heart Guts plush toy. I want a smiley kidney, a sad liver and an animated uterus? Yup! Do you picture yourself having this conversation with your child? Brace yourself mom, because you might have to. I Heart Guts is changing the way we think about cute toys and it's revolutionizing the toy industry. You thought the Ugly Dolls were unique? Think again, because the organ-shaped plush toys created by Wendy Bryan, make the gross look beautiful.
Enséñale a tu niño sobre su cultura y la historia de su tierra, relatándole la vida y obra de estos cinco héroes latinoamericanos, que ayudaron a liberar y conseguir la independencia del continente, y a promover su cultura.
Getting an extra boost of caffeine from an energy drink may seem harmless, but the effects can be deadly for a young child. A new study by the American Heart Association reveals that there have been more than 2,500 cases of young children hospitalized for consuming energy drinks in the past three years. Specifically, children under the age of 6 have experienced serious symptoms including seizures, irregular heart rhythms and really high blood pressure.
A biology teacher from Boise, Idaho wanted to explain to his tenth graders where food came from so he brought a live rabbit to class. In all fairness, the teacher warned the Columbia High School students about the lesson beforehand and allowed the ones who didn't feel comfortable to leave the classroom. Then he proceeded to break the bunny's neck with his bare hands, skin him and chop it in front of his high school pupils. Excuse me, but are we in the middle ages?
As a parent there is nothing that makes you feel more helpless than seeing your child in pain or discomfort and not being able to do anything to alleviate it. For example we all know that kids will get colds and flus and for the most part all we can do is wait it out, but that doesn't mean we can't use all the Latin home remedies we have up our sleeves to try and make them feel better. I call them Latin home remedies for the cold and flu because these were lovingly taught and administered to us by our abuelas and our mothers and now it's time for us to comfort our children with them.
All mothers are not the same, but we have shared experiences. All Latinas are not the same, but we have shared experiences. Hence it comes as no surprise that Latina moms in the United States have shared experiences, no? Oh yeah, and for some reason we don't go around warning each other about them. Trust me when I tell you that there are things no one tells you about being a Latina mom that are pretty standard.
I've been blessed with two beautiful kids who have grown into successful young adults. My son is now 17 and my daughter is 19. Although I don't have a lot of regrets as a parent there are some things that I wish I had taught them when they were much younger. Here's a list of things that many of my Latina (and gringa) friends wish that they had taught their kids before the age of 18:
There are some things that I go out of my way to do with my kids every day and I think you should too. I mean I'm not trying to be all bossy and put even more things on your to-do list. It's not like that at all. These are things you'll want to do as a parent, things I hope you are already doing. This list is just meant to be a gentle reminder of all the things that you are already doing right and a little nudge to do the things you are maybe forgetting about.