By Carla Molina Martins | 11/04/2009 - 12:47
The first time I saw a Baby Einstein video I was babysitting for a friend of mine. They were going out to dinner and said I could go ahead and pop in the DVD for their son. When I did, I was so thoroughly bored and annoyed by the obnoxious images and sounds I almost stopped it right away. The only reason I didn't was because the little boy was hypnotized and seemed really happy. Then once I had kids of my own—despite my great distaste for the videos—we ended up getting a handful of them as gifts.
By Carla Molina Martins | 11/02/2009 - 12:00
As you can see, Dessa was Snow White for Halloween. You won't find a picture of Farrah in costume because there isn't one. A costume, I mean. Our poor second child had to settle for a creative ensemble of leopard print sweater and beret—a chic French baby or a whiskerless leopard, perhaps? Call it what you want but the bottom line is we didn't get her a costume. I couldn't find Dessa's piggy costume from her first Halloween and didn't have enough time to shop for a coordinating costume, so I gave in and said to heck with it.
By Carla Molina Martins | 10/26/2009 - 18:00
Like many Latinos, I gave up some of my favorite prime time television to check out Soledad O'Brien's CNN special Latino in America. I've been excited for this special since word first got out about it and it didn't disappoint. I think it gave a solid picture of what a diverse people we are and how diverse our experience is. Do I think any new ground was covered? No.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/02/2009 - 16:00
Anita Tedaldi always knew she wanted to adopt a child. She had five biological daughters and deeply valued the time she spent growing up amid her large family in Italy. So, Tidaldi did the research and went through a thorough screening process before bringing home "D", an infant she adopted from South America.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/24/2009 - 09:32
Irene Vilar had a hard childhood. As the granddaughter of famed Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron (currently in intensive care in a hospital in Hator Rey, PR)—who famously stormed into the house of representatives in the 1950's armed with an automatic pistol—Vilar found it difficult to escape her family's shadow. Her own mother felt the same way and when Vilar was 8-years-old, she committed suicide by throwing herself from a moving vehicle.
By Dorkys Ramos | 09/16/2009 - 16:10
With Hispanic Heritage Month upon us, now is a great time to really teach your child about our history, culture and all the reasons why we should celebrate being Latino! If you’re looking for creative ways to grab your child’s interest (and trick him into learning while having fun), then check out A Kid’s Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (Chicago Review Press, $14.95).
By Mariela Rosario | 09/02/2009 - 09:40
When we saw this pole dancing doll, we thought it was joke, but unfortunately it isn't. Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo dug up this gem of a toy. On the box, the Pole Dance doll promises: "Style." "Music." "Flash." "Up and Down." "Go Round and Round."
By Dorkys Ramos | 08/19/2009 - 17:25
A baby’s coos and ga-gas can melt any parent’s heart, but there’s one sound that can fill it with fear: a whooping cough. Also known as pertussis, this condition is highly contagious and it’s estimated that there may be as many as 3.3 million adults and teens with the disease in any given year. Symptoms are often milder in adults—where the condition is usually mistaken for a cold or bronchitis—but more severe in vulnerable babies who are not fully immunized. In recent years, about 90 percent of pertussis deaths have occurred in babies younger than four months.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/05/2009 - 11:40
Bebé Glotón, a new doll created by Spanish toy company Berjuan to promote breastfeeding, has been sparking controversy with parents from England to California.
By Dorkys Ramos | 07/24/2009 - 10:00
Summer is in full swing, and if you've been spending quality time with the kids, right about now is when even the most devoted parents could probably use a little break. Luckily for you, there’s still time to sign your child up for day camp, and some resident camps are even still accepting kids! Even though we're sure you love hanging with the little ones, surely you can let go for a few weeks—or even just a couple of hours a day? Plus, camp is a great way for kids to share new and exciting experiences with other children their age. So go for it!