Mariana

Mariana
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Mariana loves sandwiches best, although going 95% vegan two years ago means having traded in ham and swiss for eggplant and roasted red pepper. Her boys, Santiago (5) and Sebastian (3), agree that sliced bread is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The boys are native Spanish speakers despite the fact that neither of their parents is, which has made raising them in Spanish a labor of love. Her commitment to raising bilingual children was made possible by being a first-generation Chilean-American born and raised in New York City, and by having spent two pre-kid years living abroad in Mexico City and Salamanca, Spain. Mariana moved to the RGV in 2010 and never wants to live anywhere else. While the kids are at school, Mariana is a full-time Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UTRGV. She has written for the New York Times, Womankind Magazine, and Yahoo Parenting.
Tristeza Sadness

La Tristeza: Why we should be okay with Sadness

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Not once have I been consoled by an adult who tried to rush me through sadness by telling me that I’m fine. Nunca he encontrado consuelo en las palabras de un adulto cuando me...
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Sometimes I’d Rather Do Dishes

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I used to hate doing dishes more than anything. Now I realize what an escape it can be from the complications of real life. Doing dishes allows me to pull my weight in the...
Lets Sit Outside Kids Freedom

Let’s Sit Outside!

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There is a magical street in North Austin that wakes up at 5 p.m. every weekday. Moms (and some Dads and Grandmothers) plant their camping chairs outside in the street and set their kids...
March - ing Toward Resolution

Are you March-ing toward your New Year’s Resolution?

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Just a few months ago, we were formulating our New Year's Resolutions. I like to call them our highest hopes for our best selves, and by March, it's high-time to assess where we're at....
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Dual-Language Education in the RGV

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Charlemagne wrote that “to know two languages is to possess a second soul.” I like to believe that my children, in whom I have planted and am nurturing the seeds of two languages, are...
Embracing Domesticity

Embracing Domesticity in 2018

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If you’re into new year’s resolutions, mantras, manifestos, and other Gretchen Rubin-type happiness hacks, you should pick a one-word theme for 2018. Choosing a theme is supposed to help you salt your year with...
Falling Forward, A Lesson in Cleanup

Failing Forward: A Lesson in Clean Up

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Todo el mundo derrama, lo importante es limpiarlo  Translation: Everyone spills; the important thing is to clean it up. This is one of my mantras. I repeat almost daily to my little ones aged five...

Grateful for Tantrums

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They say to be grateful on Thanksgiving Day, specifically, but sometimes the real day is the hardest one, what with all the cooking and the families and the expectations and the dishes. I think...
My Five Year Old Adult

My Five-Year-Old Adult

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My kindergartner is eating the school lunchmeat. This wouldn’t be a problem except that I don’t consider it ethically defensible to eat factory-farmed meat, and I would bet my life that the cow my son...
Why I Don't Honk in the RGV :: Mariana

Why I Don’t Honk in the RGV

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As a native and impatient New Yorker, I am no stranger to honking. Since I began driving at 17, my right hand has gained accurate muscle memory for every car horn I have ever...