Teaching Your Kids About Their Rich Hispanic Heritage

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Keep in Touch

Like Lorraine, I am very close with my family. We live pretty far away, but the kids video chat and speak to their grandparents constantly, especially Grandma.

My son knows that every morning while he eats breakfast the person Mommy is speaking Spanish to on the phone is his Grandma. He loves it. It's our morning tradition. A cup of coffee and a phone call to Grandma.

Serve Latin Foods

Eat what you normally would. Your child may go through a picky phase, but keep on introducing your favorite Latin foods. Your child is bound to grow to love at least one. I still eat mondongo (Dominican tripe stew), and I know it's because I was raised on the stuff. If someone had randomly asked me if I'd like to try a soup made of the intestinal linings of cows as an older kid, I'm positive I would have declined (probably loudly -- ew!). Food, memories, and our cultural identities are intertwined. It's important not to neglect this important area. A diverse palate is a beautiful thing for our heritage and nutrition.

Different Customs and Values

Although my children are still toddlers, I've given this a lot of thought. There are absolutely Latin customs and values that I insist upon instilling in my children. Maintaining close relationships with their grandparents is the most important to me. My Nana and I were best friends. I spoke to my Nana every day, several times a day. I visited her almost weekly until she passed away. My Abuelita was often in the Dominican Republic, but when she wasn't, I'd spend time with her too.

Nana and Abuelita were the queens of the family. The were adored by us. I want my children to have the same relationship with all their grandparents.

Lorraine is absolutely right. I can't stress this enough: Don't stress. Be yourself and your child will follow. Drink your cafe, habla tu español, and preserve your familial traditions. It will fall into place.

What were your thoughts on the crib sheet? Any pearls of wisdom or tips for moms looking to preserve and carry on their cultural traditions with their new babies?

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