I am extremely proud to have been raised by a Latina mom, and so very thankful for mi mami. I’m especially thankful at dinner time when I make one of her amazing Mexican recipes. I tell my family, “You have your lita to thank for this delicious meal. She was an amazing cook, and I learned how to make this from her.”
Here are 10 sure signs you are a Latina mom:
1. Your baby’s feet have never felt a cold breeze. Our babies never leave the house without socks. And I mean NEVER.
2. You always manage to look nice when you walk out the door. Yes, even to your child’s scrimmage match.
3. Your child is probably the only kid in his classroom with a full course meal for his lunch. Lunch is the biggest meal of our day.
4. Sana, sana colita de rana is your secret power in making everything better. Seriously, this works 8 out of 10 times to calm my son down after he’s gotten an ouchy.
5. Your children leaves the house in scarves, jackets, and sweaters on a “cold day” of 70 degrees because you wouldn’t want him to get un escalofrio.
6. You call every kid mijo or mija.
7. Your parents serenade you on your birthday with, “Heppee Bareday to ju” and end with Las Mañanitas. To this day, this still puts a smile on my face.
8. Even as an adult this word still gives you the heebie-jeebies: “La Llorona.” The infamous llorona stories are enough to give you nightmares for years.
9. You don’t think it’s odd to hold hands with your tween in public.
10. You find yourself telling your child to bring you a piece of cake from the birthday party, just like your mom used to ask you.
What are some of the distinct things of being a Latino mom from your part of the world?