Parenting

 
A Love Letter to Moms of Colicky Babies
By Carla Molina Martins | 03/03/2010 - 11:08

Your precious, sweet angel you waited 9 long months for has finally arrived.  You anticipated cooing and angelic gurgly sounds complete with little foamy spit bubbles of love.  Instead you've found yourself with a wailing baby that cries non-stop.  You heard about colic but thought (wished, hoped) it happened to other folks and even if you did suffer through it, how bad could it really be?  Now you know. It's bad.


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The Sweet Smell of Violets
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/24/2010 - 11:10

This weekend I found myself at Babies 'R Us with my girls.  I was waiting on Dessa to choose her box of band aids (she's obsessed) and I told her in Spanish she had to pick one so we could go pay for our carriage of baby stuff.  The mami in the same aisle overheard me and asked me if I knew where in the store she might find "colonia."  If you didn't know, I live in suburban New England where little Latino babies with earrings and azabaches are about as common as three headed aliens.  I broke the news to her that the store didn't carry any colonia (baby perfume) and even


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The Interpreter
By Mariela Rosario | 02/22/2010 - 10:29

A few weeks ago, I posted about how my two year old is a crazy little chatterbox.  Yes, it can get mildly annoying, but I adore her sweet voice.  What I appreciate most is that her non-stop chatter is all in Spanish.  I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that all my efforts to raise her bilingual are paying off.  I started this bilingual journey by just speaking to my little newborn in Spanish.


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Three’s A Crowd
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/17/2010 - 17:38

Remember a while back when I said I always wanted a mini-van? I still do (never going to happen according to my hubby) but I don't think there will ever be three kids in it—at least not three of my own kids! At some point after getting married, Jeremy and I decided that three children was perfect. A family of five just seemed so sweet. Now, with two girls under three years old, we're, um, changing our tune.


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Summer Lovin'
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/15/2010 - 09:30

In the middle of this chilly winter, I've got summer fever, I just skipped spring fever and went straight to summer. We live near the ocean and took a drive by the beaches the other day—with the heat blasting in the car and the sun shining in the windows, I could have sworn it was a hot August day. Except for my giant coat of course.


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My Sweetest Valentine
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/10/2010 - 11:28

With the snow falling steadily outside, we're getting ready in my house for some serious crafting. We're breaking out the construction paper, glue, crayons, markers, old paper towel rolls, old magazines—anything and everything to pass the time. This time of year is my favorite for crafting, mainly because I'm really good at drawing and cutting hearts (other shapes elude me!). We'll be making valentines for all the special people in our lives.


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Winter Fun
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/08/2010 - 09:49

It's only February and summer is (or at least feels) a lifetime away. With the holidays over, we find our family has a lot more free time.  But just because there's less to do does not mean we're ready to settle into hibernation for the remainder of these chilly days. I'm all about getting the kids out of the house at least once a day. I believe it's necessary for their, and my, sanity, not to mention it's important for them to do a little exercise and expend some energy.


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Dolores dice...Baggage Claim
By Dolores | 02/05/2010 - 11:42

Dear Dolores:

I am 22 years old, have never been married and do not have any children. I just got engaged to a 26-year-old man who’s loving and considerate and who has four children from a previous marriage. My family and friends tell me to choose wisely because of his child-support burden. They say this will affect our relationship and my income. Should I marry him or should I move on?

—Dani in New Mexico

Dear Dani:


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Family Planning?
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/03/2010 - 12:35

I'm putting out an SOS to any and all mamis who will listen.  It's been 8.5 months since I had Farrah and I'm overdue on making a decision on a pretty big issue.  With a toddler and baby keeping us on our toes and exhausted, we're pretty sure we're done with having kids for the moment.  We can't say if we're done for good but for right now we're capping it at two kids, at least until our lives settle down a bit.  So, the big question is: What kind of contraception to use?


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Jessica Alba's Spanish 101
By Carla Molina Martins | 02/01/2010 - 12:26

Jessica Alba has gotten lots of flack in the past for some of her supposed comments on her heritage.  I feel for her because she gets criticized for speaking her mind. In a recent interview, Jessica revealed that she's hired a professional Spanish tutor to ensure that both she and her daughter learn the language.


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