Parents Latina October/November 2021

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

Me, a Fitness Fan? WHEN I WAS in my 20s, I would meet up with one of my besties at our local health club for a 30-minute Zumba class. Afterward, we’d hang for way too long at the pizza joint a few doors down, convinced that dancing to the likes of Oro Solido had offset the cheese. This routine continued until our gym memberships expired. We were young and seemingly healthy, so squeezing into spandex shorts and hitting the gym fell down the priority list. Through the years, I tried different workouts (those Tae Bo tapes are somewhere in my apartment!) but never fully committed for lack of enjoyment. Then my girls came along, and I reasoned that running after them was all the exercise I needed. And though I wasn’t wrong—a…


All-Star Mami ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza is making strides in the male-dominated world of sports broadcasting all while raising respectful, compassionate boys. You won an Olympic gold in 2004 and silver in 2008 for softball and then became a baseball analyst. What appeals to you about sports journalism? Every day is a different challenge, especially when it’s breaking news. As with softball, my heart races and pounds before a big interview. The athlete in me still loves all those high-pressure moments. They keep me going. What challenges have you faced as a female commentator? Baseball is a culture that’s sometimes rooted in stereotypes. My intellect and expertise should be the first things people see when I walk into a room—not my gender. But if I ask an interview subject, “Can I get your phone number…

ages + stages

SCHOOL-AGE BILINGUAL WIN Children who entered kindergarten with strong early Spanish reading skills showed more growth in English reading through the fourth grade, a study in Child Development found. So keep the español coming, says study coauthor Steve Amendum, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Delaware, in Newark. “Read to kids in Spanish, engage them in conversation, play word games. Learning in another language has tremendous benefits.” —DIANA AYDIN PREGNANCY Focus on Folate This nutrient, found in prenatal vitamins and foods such as lentils, broccoli, and tortillas, not only prevents birth defects but may also keep your child at a healthy weight. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that a kid’s obesity risk was cut nearly in half if their mom had sufficient folic acid in her blood when she gave…

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what to do about eczema

A FEW YEARS AGO, when Alexandra Torres Fung’s infant son started showing signs of eczema, she thought she had it under control. After all, the Nicaraguan American mom’s older kids have the skin condition (as do nearly 10 million kids in the U.S.), and so does she. Torres Fung, the cofounder of the parent-to-parent recommendations site, knew to use gentle detergents and moisturizers, and to avoid dabbing colonia para bebés on his skin (to her mom’s and Abuela’s disappointment). She put tiny mittens on his hands at night to curb his scratching. But the red and pink patches on his cheeks, which arrived when he was a few months old, only worsened. Then other sensitivities began to appear. Eating dairy exacerbated his rash and made him fussy. He had…

dealing with death

TWO YEARS AGO, when Amanda Beltran and her family lost their Labrador German shepherd, Casey, to cancer, her son, Joaquin, then 3, was distraught. “It happened so fast that there was no time to really prepare him,” says the Puerto Rican mom, who lives in Brooklyn, New York. So Beltran did her best to create a safe space for Joaquin to talk, making it clear that he could ask her any questions as they popped up. And they did, from “When will Casey be back?” to “Why do we die?” “Discussing things so openly really helped him process Casey’s death,” Beltran says. “Now Joaquin has no trouble telling people he meets, ‘I had a dog named Casey and he died. But that’s okay because I remember him.’” Making death a part…

lift their spirits

Mandarin and Papaya Cooler Whisk together ⅔ cup granulated sugar and 6 cups water in a large pitcher until sugar dissolves; set aside. Process 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh papaya and 1 cup water in a blender until very smooth, about 20 seconds. Pour into sugar mixture in pitcher. Whisk in 2 cups fresh mandarin juice and 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice, stirring until blended. Serve over ice. Garnish with orange wedges, optional. Baked Bean and Cheese Taquitos Prep Time 20 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled3 Tbs. olive oil, divided1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed¾ tsp. kosher salt8 6-in. corn tortillas2 oz. Oaxaca, Monterey Jack, or cheddar cheese, shredded (½ cup)Shredded romaine lettuce, chopped tomato, sour cream or crema, and avocado slices, for serving (optional) MAKE IT 1.…