Parenting

 
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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Why Oh Why?
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/28/2010 - 16:00

The other day we went to Barnes and Noble.  Dessa played with a little girl in the children's book section and then the little girl had to leave with her mom.  Dessa and I waved good-bye and my toddler asked me, "¿Donde va ella?"  I told her in Spanish that the little girl was headed home. 

Dessa asked, "¿Porque?

I told her because she was hungry and wanted to eat. 

Dessa asked, "¿Porque?

I told her because she had worked up an appetite playing.


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The (Gold) Tooth Fairy
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/25/2010 - 12:10

I recently came across "Le Knockout" collection from Kim Kovel while surfing the glorious world wide web.  It's a keepsake line which takes the tooth fairy to a whole other level. When your baby loses their first tooth, Ms. Kovel (a mommy herself) will cast it in gold or silver and engrave their initials on it so you can turn a major milestone into as a cute charm.  If you're feeling extra blingy, you can even add a diamond! Check it out:


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The Other Child
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/20/2010 - 15:30

My little baby isn't so little any more! Just last week Farrah turned 8 months and ever since, she's been crossing off milestones left and right.  In case you were wondering:

1. She has mastered the art of the crawl. She used to scoot around the house but it quickly morphed into a full on crawl—she now moves at alaming speeds.

2. I can barely believe it but she cruises around the house already! She pushes a little wagon back and forth, it's not a quick stroll, but rather confident and joyous.


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The Taming of the Tantrums
By Carla Molina Martins | 01/18/2010 - 11:00

Tantrums, oh, tantrums. They are in full effect in my house these days. Dessa is one headstrong, independent and strong-willed toddler. She's a feisty Cubanita if ever I've seen one. 


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