Modern Mami: 10 Ways My Baby Will Be Raised With Latino Culture

I love that we live in a melting pot of cultures; white, black, brown, orange (I live in LA, so I’ve seen ‘orange’ people) — so many different kinds of people and we can’t wait to expose Baby Bean to all of it. But before we introduce him to sushi and Rosh Hashanah, we want him to be proud of his strong Mexican roots. My husband Gibby and I compiled a list of the cultural things we want to pass on to our little Vato Loco. 

We laughed about some of the silliness, were reminded of crazy family members, and it brought back some fun memories. But more importantly, it reminded us just how proud we are to be second generation Mexican-Americans. We have the best of both worlds, and we get to pass down the best of both worlds to Baby Bean. Check out our list below:

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Food

This whole list could just be based on food because we love us some Mexican food. Some of our favorites: chorizo, pappas, and egg tacos, tamales at Christmas, menudo on Sundays, pan dulce, fresh tortillas, barbacoa, and the list goes on. (Anyone else hungry?)


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Sanas

“Did you fall and scrape your knee?” Sure a Band-Aid and Neosporin is fine, but nothing eases the sting of a boo boo like “sanas.”

"Sana, sana, colita de rana; si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana."


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The Evil Eye

Don’t be giving my baby ‘ojo.’  But if you happen to give him cariños (affection) and forget to touch his face as to NOT give him ojo, Grandma will come over, rub him with an egg, and say several Hail Mary’s in Spanish until he’s cured of the Evil Eye.


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Musica

I’m a country music fan. Gibby loves Pearl Jam. But you’ll also hear Ramon Ayala, Vicente Fernandez, and Los Lobos playing at our outdoor barbecues.


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El Grito

Gibby wants to teach him how El Grito is properly done.


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TV and Film

He’ll watch Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go, Handy Manny, and when he’s old enough, he’ll watch La Bamba, Selena, and Mi Familia.


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Spanish

I like to say that I’m fluent in Spanglish but Baby Bean WILL LEARN fluent español


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Cascarones

Easter egg hunts will include cascarones. Doesn’t everyone fill hollowed eggs with confetti and smash them on their cousin's head when they least expect it? The confused look on my friends’ faces a couple of Easters ago tells me no.


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Respect

His aunts and uncles will be addressed as Tia and Tio. And he won’t say “what!”... he’ll say "mande."


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The Cucuy

Sure, there’s the Boogie Man... but it’s the Cucuy that you should really be afraid of.