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Parents Latina

April/May 2019

Parents Latina helps you raise healthy, happy multicultural kids who are rooted in your family's heritage even as they shape America's future.

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United States
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Meredith Corporation
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creating memories on the bus

ONE OF MY favorite parts of the day occurs between 7:30 A.M. and 8:15 A.M. That’s when I accompany Eva, my oldest, to school. We always take the city bus and sit tucked away near the back door, snuggled up tightly as we travel through different neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Initially, my husband, Iain, and I went back and forth about signing her up for school transportation. But we ultimately decided that I would take her the first year to aid the transition—perhaps more for me than her—to a big-kid school. Little did I know how much I would enjoy the time together on this noisy, bulky bus.Sure, mornings are mayhem, considering that I leave the house an hour and a half earlier than when I go directly to the office,…

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sabrina soto’s sweet home life

“People should walk into a space and say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so you!’ ”Did you always want to be a designer?Growing up, I was constantly redecorating and organizing my room. Plus, my mom is a designer, and my dad was in television production, so, at the same time, I get to do what they both did.How does your culture figure into your work?I always infuse color, and I believe that’s my Latin background. We tend to be very vibrant and full of life. Everything I design has personality. In my home, I have pottery and art I picked up from Cuba. A space should show a person’s history and what she loves.As a designer, do you ever feel pressure to have a pristine house?Nobody cares except for me. I’m…

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get your kid to do chores—without complaining

Kids love helping out, so start ’em young cleaning up.It’s possible! In the past 30 years, psychologists have studied the phenomenon of extremely helpful children in indigenous-heritage communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and other Central American countries. Mexican-American mothers describe it as acomedido, “to help before you’re asked to help.” It’s due in part to the fact that in many of these indigenous families, kids are considered competent, contributing members to the family’s shared responsibilities. Sound too good to be true? We asked Lucia Alcalá, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and coauthor of one of the most in-depth studies on the subject, to share how you can encourage little ones to pitch in around the house.Allow her to help with messy chores. And don’t worry if…

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time to laugh!

Been trying out your stand-up act on your baby and getting raspberries in response? That will change around 4 months: He has mastered smiles, so belly laughs aren’t far behind. The surest way to spark a giggle is with things he can see and hear at the same time, like wacky sounds and goofy faces. Chances are, you’ll be a hit. Babies give first laughs to the people who first made them smile—Mami and Papi.24The max number of hours a newborn should go before getting the hepatitis B vaccinePREVIOUS PAGE, PAUL THORBURN. THIS PAGE, KIDS: THAYER ALLYSON GOWDY. MOM AND BABY: LUMINA/STOCKSY.…

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simple steps to better behavior

STEP 1Find out what happened.Kids this age are exposed to many new situations, and misbehavior becomes more common, even among kids who have never had discipline problems before. You may feel embarrassed or angry if you get a call from your child’s teacher, but at this point, just gather the facts. Don’t defend your child or throw him under the bus. Simply say, “Now that I know the concerns, let’s find a time to talk.”STEP 2Get the other side of the story.You’ll want your child to weigh in, but don’t start by showing how upset you are. Say something like, “Mrs. Vega called and said you’ve been acting out in class. Can you explain what’s going on?” Encourage her to tell the story as if she were watching it in…

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q/a my 4-year old snores. does she have sleep apnea?

Most people think snoring means that someone is in a deep sleep, but it’s the opposite. If your child snores, she could be a restless sleeper who isn’t getting adequate shut-eye at night. It’s also possible she has sleep apnea, which can start at any age for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. Take a video of her sleeping to show the doctor. Keep track of how loudly she snores and whether it happens every night or only once in a while (when she has a cold or seasonal allergies). Also, pay attention to whether she has breathing pauses, makes any choking or gasping sounds, or moves a lot when she sleeps—all potential signs of sleep apnea. Other clues: She may be hyperactive, have mood swings, or be irritable or inattentive…

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