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When is Dia de Las Madres Celebrated in Latin America?

May 10th, is the official Mother’s day ‘Dia de Las Madres’ if you live in El Salvador, Guatemala or Mexico.  In Mexico the day is such a grand occasion that many government offices are closed. 


Dia de las Madres in these three countries is always on May 10th versus the USA’s Mother’s Day that is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May.  Much of Latin America started officially celebrating Dia de las Madres in the 1920’s while in the USA, Mother’s Day was officially proclaimed in 1870.

Spain celebrates their Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May while Paraguay celebrates on May 15 and Bolivia celebrates on May 27th regardless of what day it falls on.  Dia de las Madras is celebrated toward the end of the month of May for Dominican Republic (Last Sunday in May) and Nicaragua (May 30th).

The outlier Latin American countries that celebrate Dia de las Madres outside the month of May are: Costa Rica (August 15th which coincides with Mother Mary’s Assumption Day), Argentina (third Sunday in October) and Panama (December 8 which coincides with Feast of the Immaculate Conception).

The majority of Latin America and European countries celebrate their Mothers on the second Sunday of May, which is when the USA also celebrates.  The following Latin America countries are: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mamas on earth and in heaven!!        

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Mario Lopez on Latino Health and Children

Mario Lopez shares his passion and Latino heritage behind the creation of his books. Cooking lean can be both delicious and not cost a lot of money!  Watch the video and learn how to make "Veggie and Black Bean Quesadillas" that even your kids will enjoy eating.

Click on the images to learn more about Mario's cooking and children books that he speaks about in the video.

Discipline

Many Latinas can remember la chancla. If it wasn't that, it was un gancho or un sopetazo. Either way, a lot of us grew up with the fear of being disciplined with force. But the time of la chancla has come to an end. With reports of spanking becoming reported as child abuse, and children threatening to report their parents to ICE, it is evident that a new technique for childrearing needs to be applied.

From websites to YouTube videos and books, there are unlimited resources to help find the right way for you to rear your children. A company, Love and Logic is becoming widely popular. They believe in "an approach to raising kids that provides loving support from parents while at the same time expecting kids to be respectful and responsible". They believe in "locking in" the empathy, love and understanding before telling a child what the consequences of their actions will be. This way, parents will not seem like the "bad guy" when holding their children accountable for their bad behaviors.

What does this mean for a parent? It means that at a very young age, you being using what is being called a democratic method. The democratic method of parenting refers to how parents treat their children as equals. It does not mean children get to do whatever they want or do what adults do, but rather that all the family members are respected equally and treated the same. Everyone has a voice and they work together. The parents act like directors or managers, setting the rules of the home. But the rules are discussed with the children and explained why they are in place and the benefits the family has to the rules.

This method stresses choices. Children are encouraged to make daily choices and each choice has a consequence which a child has to live with whether it was a good choice or a bad choice. And punishments occur when bad choices are made, such as breaking a rule. It is important that the child understands why that rule was in place, the importance of following the rule, and then punishing the child for breaking the rule. It helps teach children why certain behaviors are unacceptable and should be avoided. It helps with early deductive reasoning skills, and make choices based on reasoning instead of fear. This is positive reinforcement is an important part of this parenting style. Letting them know you appreciate their thoughtfulness and their adherence to the rules is important leads them to relate positive consequences to making the right choice.

There are many Latinas using this type of parenting style, and they all agree that there are many struggles that come with it. It takes a great deal of commitment on their part to communicate constantly with their child. The consistency is important, as is being united with your partner and it is alright when steps are missed, or the threat of la chancla comes out. But as long you're communicating with your child, there is no reason to actually use it.