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The Power of Playgroups

by Ana Flores | March 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | comments

I honestly believe every new mother should be handed a playgroup’s handout the minute their child is born. Playgroups are much more than just a group of moms and kids hanging out to pass the time, they are a tool for parental survival mode, as well as playful bonding for your kids to plant the seeds of learning valuable skills such as sharing, compassion, language and active play. I know

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The Culture of Food in the Holidays

by Ana Flores | December 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm | comments

Food is a huge component of any holiday celebration, and adding a multicultural element to it just makes it that much more of a vibrant feast. The more cultures present in one blended family, the more traditional foods and recipes need to be included in the menu. For example, my husband grew up in Mexico and I grew up between El Salvador and the U.S. For him, Christmas can’t happen without

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Activity Planning While on Family Vacations Abroad

by Ana Flores | December 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | comments

Before I became a mom I never quite understood what my mom-friends meant when they would complain about needing a vacation after the vacation. Don´t we all?  But, now I really understand at a cellular level what they meant. Vacations abroad can offer the most enriching cultural, language and horizon-expanding experiences for our children. There´s no way I would trade that right now just because it is too exhausting. In

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The Benefits of a Daily Family Walk

by Ana Flores | September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | comments

I complain–a lot–about the fact that my family of three can never manage to eat a picture-perfect family meal together. Mornings are too chaotic and we honestly prefer sleeping in 15 more minutes rather than using that time for a breakfast at the table. Then off we frantically go to face our days: my husband gets in his car for his hour-long commute in L.A. traffic, and I go drop

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