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Parents Latina

June/July 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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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editor’s letter

Lead With Love IT WAS THE summer of 2004 and, as Pitbull likes to say, I was single, bilingual, and ready to mingle. I had just come out of a long-term relationship and had taken some time to focus on myself as a solo act: working out, socializing with friends, and dancing till the wee hours. I may even have scuffed a tabletop or two in 4-inch heels! Thankfully, Facebook hadn’t reached the masses yet and Instagram didn’t exist, so I was fully living in the moment, no regrets. “Move Ya Body,” by Nuyorican duo (and our cover girls) Natalie and Nicole Albino, aka Nina Sky, was on replay everywhere back then, and the song can still make my hips sway even a decade and a half later. Clearly, a lot has…

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#nofilter

WE ASKED. YOU ANSWERED. What celebrity mami would you invite over for a playdate? SOFÍA VERGARA “She represents everything I love about Latino culture. She’s strong, determined, hardworking, confident, and overall fabulous.” Jennifer DeLeon; Denver, CO SHAKIRA “I’m a musician like her, and I also have a 3-year-old son, so I’d like to have a fun drum circle with the boys.” Judith D’Rivera; Queens, NY KAT VON D “Even though we have different viewpoints on certain topics, I really admire her. I’d like to hear her plans for raising a vegan child. Melissa Nering; San Lorenzo, CA AMERICA FERRERA “Not only does she look real, but I love how involved she is in the future of this country that my son, Kai Sebastian, 4, and all our children have to live in.” Sarah Perez; Orlando, FL ZOE SALDANA “I want to learn how she balances…

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ages + stages

SCHOOL-AGE NOT JUST FUN AND GAMES So it’s Day 5 or 6 of summer vacay and your kid’s screen time is out of control? Flip his focus! Children with better hand-eye coordination received higher scores on basic academic skills, found a study in Psychological Science. These fun outdoor games from physical therapist Margaret Rice just might help increase your child’s reading, writing, and math smarts. 1 HOOP TOSS Kids who could hit a target showed superior reading, writing, and math skills. HOW TO PLAY: Hang a Hula-Hoop from a tree branch, or tape it to the top of a doorway if you’re inside; then swing it gently. Have your child try to toss a beanbag or a sock ball through the hoop from about 10 feet away. Younger ones can also throw sock balls into…

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summer safety 101

Sun-Care Hacks Being CEO of your kids’ sunscreen routine is hardly a beachy gig. But these tricks make the “squirt-rub-repeat” cycle easier. “Sunscreen always irritates my son’s eyes.” Solution: Around that ultrasensitive area, use a water-resistant stick, recommends Karyn Grossman, M.D., a dermatologist based in Los Angeles and New York City. “The water resistance will keep it from dissolving when it comes in contact with the moisture of his eyes,” she says. “My toddler squirms so much that I can’t get the stuff on!” Solution: “The more you cover her up with clothing, the less sunscreen she’ll need,” Dr. Grossman says. “Protective gear, like a long-sleeved rash guard, is a really easy way to go.” For the remaining exposed skin, use whatever means necessary to get the job done. Some parent-tested tactics: Hand over a…

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what not to say

1 “Great job.” Research has shown that tossing around a generic phrase like “Good girl” or “Way to go” every time your child masters a certain skill might make her dependent on your affirmation rather than her own motivation, says Jenn Mann, Psy.D., author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids. Save the kudos for when they’re truly warranted, and be as specific as you can. Instead of “Super game,” you could say, “That was a nice assist. I like how you looked for your teammate.” 2 “Practice makes perfect.” It’s true that the more time your child devotes, the sharper his skills will become. However, this adage could ramp up the pressure that he feels to win or excel. “It sends the message that if you make mistakes,…

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#besttripever

“JUST DO IT!Once you see how visiting new places helps your kids learn things like tolerance and understanding, you’re never going to stop exploring together.”—Taty Pradilla, a mom of two in Miami and a bilingual travel expert at TravelingMom.com “Her classroom doesn’t have walls.” Drea Duclos and daughter Marlowe (8) My 8-year-old daughter, Marlowe, and I have been everywhere—from the Muyil ruins outside Tulum, Mexico, to the Tate Modern museum in London. But the one place that we can’t stop talking about? A crystal-blue lake rimmed by volcanoes in Guatemala’s highlands. My husband, Alex, is a chef, and I homeschool Marlowe in West Palm Beach, Florida, so we have the flexibility to travel about once a month. I’m Colombian-American, and I jump at any opportunity possible to teach Marlowe about Latino culture. Lake Atitlán in…

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