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Blogging from: Brooklyn
This trendy Latina Brooklynite plays parenthood old school.
Mommy-blogger Karen Anguista is busy. Currently working on a degree and raising four children, she’s a strong, educated, and trendy Latina woman. And she wants the world to know that there are many more like her out there. In her blog Mami Does it All, Anguista’s fighting stereotypes against Latina mothers while helping Hispanic women around the country navigate being Hispanic in America.
“Latinas tend to be a little old school,” says Anguista. But old school doesn’t mean outdated. Anguista is constantly on the lookout for what’s new and trending. However, some things just don’t go out of style. That’s why, when it comes to parenting, Anguista draws heavily upon her Hispanic heritage.
“How my parents brought me up, I'm trying to do the same thing, but a little more American mixed in,” says Anguista.
To Anguista, this means retaining many of the values and habits she grew up with. For example, Anguista says, food is an important aspect of her culture. She likes to cook for her family, favoring quality over speed, and eat dinner at home together at least five times a week.
Anguista also remembers the sacrifices her parents made to give her a better life here in the United States. Born in Honduras, Anguista came to Brooklyn with her family when she was 4 years old. She wants her children to take advantage of all the opportunities her parents left their home country for, not just watch TV all day. So, Mondays through Thursdays, TV is not allowed in the Anguista home. Instead, Anguista’s children are engaged in the kind of learning and activities that her parents came here for. “You don’t want to make it a waste,” she says.
Because Anguista had to learn English in school and assimilate to an entirely new culture at a young age, she understands what many Hispanic women go through when they first move to the U.S. She wants to help make the transition easier for these women, so Anguista writes her blog in both English and Spanish. Just because they don’t speak English, says Anguista, doesn’t mean they don’t want to know what the current trends are or which products to use. “I’ve got people in Cali thanking me,” says Anguista. – Lizzie Jenkins