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15 Things That Will Only Make Sense If You're A Second Generation Latina Mom

Your family pops in…for long periods of time.

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1. When you shout out things in Spanish at your kids that you would never say in English. "¡Cállate!"

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Somehow it just doesn't sound as bad when it's said in Spanish.

2. Even though your parents didn’t teach you Spanish, your children must be bilingual.

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3. And even if you don't speak Spanish, it doesn't make you any less of a Latina mom.

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Speaking Spanish at home is a wonderful gift to give your children, but not everyone does. And it doesn't mean you're not working hard to make a good life for your kids.

4. Having to stop yourself from punching someone when they ask if you or your mom is the nanny.

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Really?

5. When your "traditional" Latina mom makes fun of you for setting up "playdates."

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"Playdate? Que es un Playdate?"

6. As a kid you longed for "white people food," but now that you're a mom, all you want to do is cook your abuelita's dishes for your kids.

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7. Your parents will always complain about how easy you have it.

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It's true that your parents went through a lot of struggle to get to where they are today, and raising your children might be seen as "easy" in comparison. But it's not easy! Your struggle is real, amiga!

8. When you pass on your tia's superstitions to your kids even if you don't know what they mean.

"Put down the salt because I said so!!"
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"Put down the salt because I said so!!"

9. You hate that your mom was right when she tried to make you eat hot sauce and vowed that one day you would like it.

Yes, you like it now! Okay? OKAY?
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Yes, you like it now! Okay? OKAY?

10. When your medicine cabinet has Vicks AND organic homeopathic remedies.

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11. You threaten your kids with la chancla.

Even though they know you won't use it.
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Even though they know you won't use it.

12. Your family pops in…for long periods of time.

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You love your family and you love to see them. But can't they call first? And leave before you have to put the kids to bed? Or before summer is over?

13. You sing Las Mañanitas at every birthday before cake even though you hated how long it was as a kid.

Now it feels like a betrayal of your culture not to sing it — but you stick to just the first verse.
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Now it feels like a betrayal of your culture not to sing it — but you stick to just the first verse.

14. When you're an exhausted new mom, but dress yourself like you may run into your abuela.

15. Even though you were called a Gordita as a kid you (and it really bothered you!!), you still try to fix your child's every ailment with food.

Food is Love.
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Food is Love.

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Andrew Richard

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