2. You believe that te de manzanilla can cure just about anything.
3. You realize that all your favorite television shows are really telenovelas in English. “Sandal” or “Downton Abbey” anyone?
4. You are English-dominant, but when your kids misbehave, you develop an accent and start slipping into Spanish to scold them.
5. Doesn’t matter how old your kids are, whenever they get hurt you say, “Sana, sana colita de rana…”
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6. When your kids are going through tough times you feed them because con pan las penas son menos. Good food really does seem to soothe the soul.
7. It’s a total cliché and you so don’t want to feed into that, but you always have some Vicks VapoRub (or at least the generic kind) on hand because that stuff is MAGIC! I mean, it wouldn’t be a Latina mom stereotype if everyone else would finally figure out that no medicine cabinet is complete without some vaporu.
8. You insist that your kids bring a sweater with them whenever they leave the house. The difference is your mamá made you do that when you lived in the San Fernando Valley where it gets hotter than Hades, you do it to your kids because you live in San Francisco where it really does get cold. See, you are so not a stereotype?!
9. You no longer consider yourself religious or Catholic, but you cross yourself whenever you get in the car to drive your kids anywhere. It can’t hurt, right?
10. Your husband who is from Hawaii keeps trying to get you to call those things you wear on your feet slippahs, but you and your daughters call them chanclas. And no, you don’t use them to discipline your kids because even though everyone thinks all Latina moms use the chancla as a weapon, your mamá taught you to respect footwear and use the cuchara de palo to threaten your kids with instead.