I know they're extremely popular sports, but I've never cared for mixed martial arts or boxing because I think they're extremely violent and the potential for serious injury is ever-present. That's why I can't believe how some parents let their kids participate in something known as cage fighting. If it sounds crazy it's because it is. In essence, cage fighting pits two young kids (I'm talking 6 or 7 years old) against each other inside a cage while their coaches, parents and other fans of the violent sport cheer them on.
What kind of parent thinks this is a good idea?Continue Reading >
Children learn through play. There's no question about it! The more fun they're having, the more they will learn without even noticing. If you're just starting out in your bilingualism journey with your kids, here are some great ideas to help them learn basic vocabulary in Spanish through play.Continue Reading >
You know what no one ever tells you when you're pregnant? How exactly you're supposed to keep a small child entertained for hours upon hours every day. Sure, they nap and they eat, but after the first six weeks or so, they become a lot more like tiny humans. And humans need entertaining--just ask the creators of cable television and the internet.
Whether you're a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time working mom with just a few days to fill, the prospect of spending 12 or so hours a day engaging your tiny companion can be overwhelming. So, here are a few fun ideas to fill the time:Continue Reading >
Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, as it's called in English, is one of my favorite Latino celebrations. I love the idea of celebrating those who are no longer with us. Dia de Muertos gives me the opportunity to talk to my kids about death in a way that's not super sad or scary and it allows me to teach them even more about my beloved father, who left us way before they were born.Continue Reading >
What would you do if you found out that your child was making fun or being mean to another child? We'd like to believe that we would be the parent who had all the answers. The fact of the matter is this: These situations are not black and white. Every child is different, every situation is different and your reaction might be different than you expected.
Children have bullied both my daughters over the last few years. As the parent of a child who was on the receiving end of the bullying, I made sure to talk to my children. I let them know that this was through no fault of their own and reassured them that they were good enough. I approached the teacher, she intervened and it stopped.Continue Reading >
Just when I think I've seen it all, I find out about the horrific story I'm about to tell you. Jennifer Marie Vargas, a 34-year-old San Antonio mom, was so enraged because her 6-year-old son was misbehaving that she grabbed his genitals with all her might and pulled them so hard she ended up ripping his scrotum. But that's not all ...Continue Reading >
It seems like every time I turn around, there's a new app created specifically for children learning a second language, which is music to my ears! Not too long ago, I could barely find any of these available and now there seem to be so many that it's hard to decide what's good and what's not.Continue Reading >
As new moms, women are often inundated with advice and tips from well-meaning friends and relatives, and oftentimes that advice directly contradicts what we hear from pediatricians and other parenting professionals. Needless to say, figuring out the best way to take care of your baby can be pretty confusing. Now, I will say that I don't always think pediatricians get it right--a mother's intuition is worth its weight in gold, and ultimately how you feel about a certain course of action is probably the most important factor. However, there are some parenting myths and old wives tales that needlessly cause a lot of worry for first-time moms. Here are five of them and why you shouldn't let them stress you out:Continue Reading >
It was a murder case that shocked the nation: a 10-year-old boy stabbed a 12-year-old friend to death making him one of the youngest murderers ever in the history of San Diego County. It happened at the beginning of 2012 and it's only now that his mother, who has identified herself only as Julie for privacy reasons, has shared a detailed look into her troubled son's life with the San Diego Union Tribune. Julie, who adopted the boy when he was 5 months old, defends him and vows to never give up on him despite his vicious behavior ... and when you hear her story, you will understand why.Continue Reading >
Because I'm raising bilingual children, we have a pretty strict rule that Spanish be the only language we speak at home. But ever since my younger son started attending preK full-time, I've noticed that his play vocabulary has expanded tremendously in English and he loves to use this knew knowledge at home with his elder sister. Nothing wrong with that, except that I need to constantly--and gently--remind him that we only speak Spanish at home.Continue Reading >