Tuesday, June 21, 2011

With Summer Come Stinky, Sweaty Kids. Yuck!

When I ask my daughters to take a shower, it then leads into a q & a session. (please note, my replies are in bold because that is the tone I take with them.) Why do I have to shower, I took one yesterday? You ate yesterday and you ate today. Take a shower. Do I have to wash my hair? Yes! Should I put on pajamas? Are you going out? No. Take a shower! Do I have to wash my...EVERYTHING! Go jump in the shower and I need you to scrub everything including your armpits!

I fondly remember the days my girls loved to bathe. Playing in the tub until the water got cold, making them look like punk rockers with the shampoo in their hair. I know I am not making this up because I have the photos to prove it. What happens between the age of 8 and 12? Why does my 8 year old smell like an onion after playing all day? I would hate to think that I am the only mom going through this exciting chapter in my life.

My 11 year old daughter has started to use deoderant this year. She hasn't quite hit that peak of puberty yet but the stinky armpits after p.e. in middle school was too much to bear. But what of my 8 year old? Is it too soon for deoderant?

So I find myself playing 20 questions with her. Mija, are you scrubbing everywhere? Yes. Baby girl (I have to keep the affection going), even your feet, your "pompis" (butt) and your armpits?
Yes! Do you want me to go in and scrub you? No!

My fellow mothers, how soon is too soon? Do I move forward? The funny thing is I was introduced to a web-site Don't Fret The Sweat (www.don'tfretthesweat.com) recently. It has expert advice on speaking to your tweens about "smells" and the choices of deoderants. Pretty cool stuff and for the Spanish speaker, they do have an "espanol" section. They are at a vulnerable age and me yelling "girl...what the heck is gong on with those pits?!" I know doesn't help. This whole puberty thing as a mother is new to me. Dios me ampare....

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Unilever Don't Fret The Sweat campaign but I wouldn't mind a free deoderant (just kidding).

Monday, June 13, 2011

It's not good-bye but until we meet again

Almost everyone at Grand View Elementary knows Melissa Davis. For those who don't know her, let me introduce you to her. She is the mother to Jaden (5th grader) and Luna (2nd grader and Maite's best bud. Melissa is a dedicated mother, wife and volunteer. She is an amazing chef and you can read about it at http://melissadavisfood.wordpress.com.

At Grand View, Melissa was the Co-President of PTA (was also Treasurer for 2 years), the garden keeper and instructor for the students, the parent who made sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos, Chef for the Volunteer Breakfast, coordinator for the nutrition fair, one of the parent volunteers for the monthly movie nights and the list goes on.

Amongst this busy schedule, she had a job as a chef for a well known musician and his family and she always made time for friends. Whether it was a potluck, hanging out at the house or going out for some mommy free time, Melissa was there!

Needless to say, Grand View will miss Melissa Davis and we will miss Melissa Davis. Her ability to stay calm, her glowing smile and her dancing to Bell Biv DeVoe (Poison). We wish you and the familia the best as you start a new chapter in Washington. Thank God for Facebook and email, you will be seconds away! We wish you well on your new adventure.

It isn't good-bye. After all, next time you are in Los Angeles, we have a spa date!

Love you mi amiga Melissa. Te quiero un chingo!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Judy Moody - Part of the Chilindrina Squad!

For most Latinas, memories of watching the Chilindrina get into messy adventures with El Chavo and Quico was a family event. This was a tradition where parents and children both got a laugh watching this show. I loved the Chilindrina because she always held her own and her ponytails were not even and she didn't care!

I now share these moments with my children. We love girls with messy hair and crazy adventures!

Maite, my 8 year old is currently reading Judy Moody books in class and got so excited that we are going to the screening next week. The movie Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer releases on June 10th in theaters nationwide.

I now want you to share this adventure with your familia. Join us on June 8th at the Director's Guild Theater in Hollywood. The "pachanga" starts at 4 p.m. (so mamas, allow time for traffic because we live in Los Angeles) as we see la Judy make the most of her summer. We have tickets for two lucky winners and their familia.

Just leave a comment asap and I will announce the winner via e-mail on Sunday!

To give you a tease, check out the website at: http://judymoodymovie.com