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Monday, February 6th, 2012

How To Talk To Children About Sexual Abuse

A teacher at an elementary school in Los Angeles was recently arrested and accused of abusing 23 of his students.  The allegations include, among other acts, blindfolding the kids in his class and making them eat spoonfuls of his semen, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The man in custody, Mark Berndt, 61,

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

How Do I Explain Negative Topics On TV To My Kids?

Dear Martha: I live in Houston and I need advice on how to deal with what is happening with my daughters, ages six, three, and two. One day while we were watching the news, a report about a...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

How “Yo’ Momma’s So Fat” Jokes Made Me A Better Person

I think I grew up within the generation that had it socially tougher than my parents, but not as easy as our children. Sure, my parents had to cross a border in the dead of night, but...

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

What Do We Do With All This Tempting Candy Around The House?

Okay, parents, let’s be honest. How many of you buy the candy you like for the trick-or- treaters? What’s your favorite? Three Musketeers? Mounds? Gummies? For me it’s the Candy Corn and Snickers. If you’re honest with...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

How Do I Prevent My Sister From Becoming An Alcoholic?

Dear Martha: I feel terrible because of recent events in my life. I’m 27 and my sister is about to turn 20. We’re both affected by the behavior of our parents, but in very different ays. They...

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

HIV, Homosexuality Challenged My Abuelo’s Notions Of Family

By Christina Rodriguez My family and I are currently mourning the loss of my 74 year-old grandfather, who was the victim of a massive stroke late last month. He was the heart of our family, along with...

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Shakira Is Going To Save Latino Students From Dropping Out?

By Dustin Mendus Education has come to the forefront as a Latino issue in the past few weeks due to disappearing Latino students in Alabama. It’s raised eyebrows. The concerns about the American education system and Latino...

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I Fell In Love Online But No One Is Happy For Me

Dear Martha: I desperately need your opinion because I feel like no one understands me, or supports me. I’m a 26 year-old divorced woman with two children currently living with my parents because they take care of...

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Online Dating As A Single, 40ish Mom

After a few years of consideration, I have ventured into the world of online dating. All my experiences in dating prior to this decision happened many years ago and had been face-to-face meetings before the first date....

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Telling My Mexican Family: “Yes, I Want Kids, Just Not Now”

My grandma and aunts keep asking me when I’m going to start popping out some babies, now that I am living with my boyfriend. I’m 27 and my aunt insists that I will soon be too old...

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

It’s Show Time: The First Day Of School

Today I am back on the clock. The morning ritual begins at 6 a.m. I walk into the bathroom and pull back my hair and wash my face with cold water. I look into the mirror but...

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

My Father, Machismo, Baseball And “The Talk”

At one time in our lives, our parents called us to their side, and even though they assured us we were not in trouble, we saw they were visibly nervous. It could not possibly be good news....

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

How I Learned To Drown Without Swimming

It is summertime now, and one of my friends wanted to go to the lake in order to swim. She was surprised to hear that I do not know how to swim. She figured it was a...

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Being A Latino Family Affected By The Great Recession

I believe in the power of neighborhoods and barrios. I believe public institutions devoted to our leisure, education, and civic engagement are sacred spaces. The people make the place, but the place defines the people. And, I...

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