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Parents Latina October/November 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.

United States
Meredith Corporation
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

Finding Comfort in Colombia MY RELATIONSHIP with my parents’ home country has evolved throughout my life. As a kid growing up in New York City, I felt as if I had been born in Colombia. I was entrenched in the culture at home (through customs, language, food, music) and spent all of my school vacations visiting my abuelita in the coastal city of Barranquilla. So I proudly claimed Colombia as my own and defended it from critics whenever necessary (bad reputations are hard to kick, unfortunately). When I visited in my teens and early adulthood, I equated its beaches and outdoor bars with newfound freedom. And as a working girl, I rediscovered the country as a travel writer, enticing visitors to the sophisticated capital of Bogotá and the artsy plazas of Medellín. But…

4 min

CELEB MAMI Jamie-Lynn Sigler Is One Tough Mama The Sopranos alum and mom of two boys has found her strength by embracing all the highs and lows life throws her way. You were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 20. How does it affect you as a parent? I have pain and fatigue. There are moments when my body has reached its limit, and so my patience wears thin with the kids. Sometimes I’ll feel just terrible that I lost my composure, but at the end of the day, I’m wiped. I used to think that I should be able to handle everything. But the truth of the matter is that I can’t. I have times where I’ll look back and I’m proud of myself. I’m not sure that I would have that confidence…

6 min
ages + stages

BABY GOT COLIC? Try tummy time! After all, your baby’s muscles were squished during birth. “I can’t stress enough how important tummy time is starting from the first weeks of life,” Katherine Williamson, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California, says. “Babies need to spend time on their belly to align their spine and neck and strengthen their muscles.” You can also pedal your baby’s arms and legs, or face her tummy-down across your legs and rub her back, to relieve the gas that causes colic. TODDLER Prep Her for Cold Season Arm your little one with these self-care basics now so she can be more independent the next time a cold or a stomach bug strikes. MASTER NOSE BLOWING Practice blowing bubbles underwater during a bath. Then test out tissues. Place one…

7 min
love every body

AMANDA Martinez Beck was eating dinner at home with her husband and four kids, ages 2 to 7, in Longview, Texas, when it came up. “Mommy, what do you eat?” her 5-year-old son, Brennan, asked. “Because you’re fat.” Her 7-year-old daughter, Lily, chimed in: “Kids at school said it’s bad to be fat.” The F-word. It’s something Martinez Beck has dealt with her whole life. When she was a kid, many relatives in her big Cuban-American family would comment on her larger-than-average body. She was on a diet by age 7 and struggled with eating disorders throughout her teens. “My abuela was a very strong woman who got five kids out of Cuba,” Martinez Beck says. “She was also very critical of my weight and that of every other woman in…

7 min
remember them

CREDIT THE movie Coco for making the Mexican tradition Día de los Muertos mainstream, with papel picado and sugar-skull decorations seemingly everywhere these days. But even if you don’t build an elaborate ofrenda or light a single candle, you can still get into the spirit of this heartfelt holiday. In fact, for many Latino families, remembering the deceased is an everyday thing. “We talk about our loved ones who are no longer with us all throughout the year,” says Stephanie Figueroa, a Salvadoran mom in Los Angeles. “I want my kids to understand where they came from and how they got here.” It’s a sentiment that we can all relate to. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep the memory of grandparents and great-grandparents alive for children. REACH OUT TO…

3 min
icon status

HOW TO MAKE Search through your little adventurers’ closets for some basics. A pink tee, orange shorts, and yellow socks (add scrunchies to a regular pair of socks for the ruffle effect) will do for Dora. All Diego needs is a blue top, shorts, and a khaki vest embellished with a glued-on patch. HOW TO MAKE Take any blue blazer and apply white duct tape to the lapel and around the hem of the sleeves. For the collar, cut approximately 12 in. of duct tape and adhere to another cut of the same length so there’s no sticky part. Use superglue to stick it to the back of the blazer’s collar—trust us, it’ll stick! Create Hamilton’s big shiny buttons with round gold stickers. For his shirt ruffles, grab three coffee filters and fold…