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Looking for Some Parenting Advice? Here are 5 Websites for Latina Moms

Image: Gael Alvarado, Perla Ortiz,  Yahir Perez

File photo of kindergarden students Gael Alvarado, left, Perla Ortiz, center, and Yahir Perez doing school work in a bilingual english-spanish class at Hanby Elementary School in Mesquite, Texas. LM Otero / AP

Raising bilingual and bicultural children is no easy feat, though it's very much a labor of love.

Latina moms who hail from another country want to know how to juggle raising U.S. children while keeping alive the family's cultural traditions. Some Hispanic parents want to choose baby names that can work (and be pronounced!) in two languages.

These mothers may have questions about how to navigate the issue of Abuela wanting to be the most involved grandmother on the block or the "advice" that extended family members will be offering.

For these Hispanic moms, there are a few publications that address their particular needs. Here are five, in alphabetical order.

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Babycenter Spanglish Mamis

There is a subsection that lives in the Babycenter en español blog, aimed at English-speaking Latina moms. Each Latina blogger shares weekly insights, anecdotes and concerns that many Hispanic moms raising children in the United States have. Some of examples of blog posts include whether to pierce or not to pierce your baby’s ears, breastfeeding in public, raising bilingual children or traveling abroad to visit the family.

Latinamom.me

This comprehensive site for moms is a part of Mom.me, of Whalerock Industries. There is a daily news piece pertaining to Latina moms, and then evergreen posts that cover everything from health to parenting tips, all written by Latina mom bloggers, journalists and writers. There are also recipes that will appeal to foodies who love Hispanic dishes and miss the sabor of their home country.

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Children play with water at a local park in New York June 21, 2012. A heat wave blanketed the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, sparking a brownout in New York City and forced utilities to ask customers to conserve electricity. (File photo) EDUARDO MUNOZ / Reuters

MamasLatinas.com

This website is a part of CafeMedia, which also includes Café Mom. For five years this bilingual website has catered to a community of Spanish and English-speaking Latinas and encouraged moms to ask questions and share tips. In the subsection QueMas, there are articles and blog posts pertaining to beauty, love, health, style, inspiration and entertainment. Mamás Latinas focuses more on entertaining moms than on giving parenting advice. but you will find both on this blog.

Mamiverse.com

Mamiverse, launched in 2011, is a website in English and Spanish featuring health, reading and lifestyle tips. Its look and feel has evolved over the years, now incorporating new sections such as Cine Latino where you can watch movies for free. It includes a handy book section where parents can find the best children and Young Adult books written by Latino authors. There are also downloadable printables to practice Spanish if you want your children to learn a second language.

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Parents Latina Magazine

This is a publication in English by Parents Magazine, targeted at Latina moms. Articles address topics such as dealing with unsolicited parenting advice, budgeting for big families, pronouncing Latino names, the importance of ethnic dolls and other cultural advice. The publication also addresses health issues such as diabetes that affect Latinos more than whites. For Spanish speakers, there is Ser Padres. Both publications belong to Meredith Corporation.

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