Parenting with Pride Latino Style: How to Help Your Child Cherish Your Cultural Values and Succeed in Today's World

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From a distinguished psychologist, mother, and Latina, Parenting with Pride Latino Style offers the first bicultural child-rearing approach for Latino parents. This groundbreaking book supports families in raising their children with time-honored Hispanic values while incorporating the best that North America has to offer.

Dr. Vazquez's unique parenting method, the New Traditionalism (El Nuevo Tradicionalismo), preserves classic Latino ideals, such as pride, family loyalty, and courtesy, while helping parents revise their traditional authoritarian child-rearing style, blending the best of Latino and American cultures and dramatically reducing cultural conflict in the family. Her seven steps to successful parenting are grounded in the acronym ORGULLO ("pride"):

O: Organize your feelings R: Respect your child's feelings G: Guide and teach your child; do not dictate U: Update your media awareness often L: Love your child for who she or he is L: Listen to your child O: Open the communication channels -- and keep them open

Self-assessments and reflection exercises help parents resolve the dilemmas produced when two cultures combine. Detailed examples show how to use these methods immediately in daily life -- from family relationships to children's friendships to school issues.

Clear, compassionate, and based on Dr. Vazquez's personal experience as a Latina professional and parent, Parenting with Pride Latino Style is the one book that enables contemporary Latino parents to pass on their rich cultural heritage to their children -- and to future generations as well.

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Carmen Inoa Vazquez, Ph.D., an expert in cross-cultural issues, is one of New York City's most prominent Latina psychologists, with more than twenty-five years of clinical and teaching experience. She is founder of the Bilingual Treatment ProgramClinic at Bellevue Hospital, and she founded and directs the Institute for Multicultural Behavioral Health. She is a clinical professor in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and City University of New York, publishes and lectures on ethnic and cultural issues, and is co-author of The Maria Paradox: How Latinas Can Merge Old World Traditions and New World Self-Esteem. Her media features include Today, Good Day New York, the BBC, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, El Diario, Latina, and more. Dr. Vazquez emi-grated at age sixteen from the Dominican Republicand is the mother of two grown sons. She and her husband live in New York City.

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Though all parents struggle with the difficulties of raising children, Latino parents often face a special set of challenges that revolve around the question of assimilation. Some believe that the only way to make sure their children succeed is to renounce all old customs. Others work to instill their children with a strong sense of cultural identity and tradition. Vazquez’s position is deceptively straightforward: "If you want a ‘piece of the American pie’ for you and your sons and daughters, you must adjust." But for her, adjustment is a far cry from renunciation, and she uses her skills as a psychologist and expert in multicultural issues to teach parents how to raise children who are bicultural, able to swim with the sharks but also proud of themselves and their heritage. The principals of her philosophy are presented using the acronym ORGULLO, which means "pride" in Spanish. Most of them will be familiar to readers of parenting books: listen to your child, keep up with media influences, establish good lines of communication in your family, etc. But Vazquez (The Maria Paradox) applies these ideas with exceptional sensitivity to old-school Latin American values, showing parents how to ease away from an emphasis on total obedience, for example, without losing their position as their child’s primary guide and role model. Particularly helpful is her advice on teaching young children to be bilingual (she’s a strong advocate of the one person-one language method). Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States; for them and for the doctors and teachers who tend to their children, Vasquez’s book is an outstanding addition to the parenting reference shelf.
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