Parents Latina October/November 2020

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

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
6 期号


editor’s letter

Happy Halloween! TRICK-OR-TREATING may have been canceled for many of us, but count me in for the creative costumes, pumpkin carving, and candy sampling (after my daughters go to sleep, of course). The one tradition I don’t take part in is the scary movies. I just don’t like to be in a state of tension, bracing myself for whatever is coming next. Yet this year has managed to bring me closer to the edge of my seat than I’ve ever been. A virus we still don’t fully comprehend. Schools that can close at any moment. And what is arguably the most consequential presidential election of our lifetime. Talk about suspense! But while uncertainty and I will never be besties, I have gotten more comfortable with the unknown by staying present. Instead of…

what matters to us

What Matters to Us An estimated 32 million Latinos are eligible to vote this election, making us a force to contend with. Here, parents casting their presidential ballot for the first time tell us why they’re determined to make their voices heard. CHILD CARE 3 out of 10 low-income Latino households spend a third of their salary on child care. SOURCE: NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER ON HISPANIC CHILDREN & FAMILIES HEALTH INSURANCE “I moved to the U.S. from Mexico when I was 9 years old and lived without insurance for many years because of my immigration status, and my family couldn’t afford a private plan. Now that I have health care, it’s still difficult to keep up. A recent visit to the E.R. for my 5-year-old son cost over $2,500 out of pocket. It’s not right that…

ages + stages

PERRO POWER According to a study from researchers at Uppsala University, in Sweden, preschool and school-age kids exposed to dogs as infants had up to a 13 percent reduction in asthma risk. All the more reason to bring a puppy home! —KIM CONTE BABY Q: Should I Worry If My Baby’s Skin Is Dry? A: No, but you may want to cut back on baths. “A newborn’s skin is thinner than your own, and it loses moisture much more quickly,” explains Katie Friedman, M.D., a pediatrician in Fort Lauderdale. Washing too often can remove natural oils and exacerbate dry skin. Bathe them no more than three times a week, and use a moisturizer that’s hypoallergenic two or three times a day. Most dry skin resolves on its own. However, eczema can affect infants, so…

cultivate everyday gratitude

RAISE YOUR HAND if you’ve ever started a sentence with the phrase “When I was growing up, we didn’t have …” as a way to instill a sense of gratefulness in your kids. Same! As a first-generation immigrant, I saw my parents endure hardships to provide my brother and me with a better life. That’s why we never took anything for granted. We knew full well that our Puerto Rican dad was exhausted every night after walking miles as a meter reader just to put food on the table and that our Cuban mom performed magic to make every dollar stretch at the supermarket. So whenever my boys, Auggie, 8, and Luca, 5, ask for new LEGO bricks—despite dozens of pieces lying around the house—or complain that there’s nothing good…

more zen, por favor!

WE ALL LOVE to see kids running around and having fun and can worry if they’re too quiet. But it’s actually healthy for little ones to slow down, relax, and recharge, especially in the middle of a less-than-typical school year. One of the best ways to help them do that? Meditation. In fact, research shows that mindfully processing thoughts and emotions improves grades and sleep, increases attention span, and can even lower blood pressure. And it is an especially valuable practice for Latino kids, who are more likely than their non-Latino peers to experience depression and other mental-health issues. “Meditation enables kids to manage emotions and be present so they can better deal with whatever is going on in their lives,” says Jill Guerra, a Guatemalan-Mexican American mindfulness teacher in…

get in the spirit

NO-CARVE PUMPKIN 1. For the eyes, nose, and mouth, stick black duct tape onto wax paper, cut out shapes, and peel off the wax paper to stick on the pumpkin. 2. Use round ½-in. and 1-in. office stickers to make flower shapes and decorative borders. 3. While they’re still on the backing sheet, cut ½-in. round white stickers in half, and use as teeth. —ASHLEY TOTH, CRAFT STYLIST DAY OF THE DEAD CASA 1. Cut out two 12x16-in. pieces of cardboard. Then cut a long side of each rectangle into a house shape so that the sides are 10 in. tall and the center peak is 12 in. tall, as shown. 2. Paint the cardboard pieces on both sides in bright colors. Let dry. 3. Starting at the bottom of one piece, cut a 10-in. slit up the…