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  • Shakira Martinez
    Published 7 months ago
    Una Mama Luchadora

    Una Mama Luchadora

    As a child, I always found my mother to be extremely tough and impatient. I never quite understood how people could stress themselves so much, they begin to reach their breaking point. I have grown up hearing my mother crying in the bathroom shower from people who criticized and have taken advantage of her. Her story begins in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her mother was a strong and independent woman who had to take care of two children all by herself when her husband was murdered. She spent more hours working than with her own children. At one point, she knew she needed the help of her mother to take care of my mom and uncle. Latinos tend to favor a male son in comparison to a female. My mom was abused physically by her grandmother because she saw her granddaughter as an imbecile compared to her wonderful grandson. Fast forward to the point where my mom (Irma) turned 15 years old, whom immigrated to California with her aunt. Irma had to learn at a young age that she had to work for what she wanted, in order to be able to survive. She was able to do so as a nanny, house keeper, and an assistant. She later on married my dad, who took advantage of her, physically and emotionally. Although I was not born at this time, I’ve grown up hearing horrible stories about the brutal beatings my mom went through, all because she wanted to avoid her children being hurt at such a young age, just like she experienced growing up. For those asking themselves, why didn’t she just leave? I’ve asked her the same question for years, my father followed her wherever she went. He was great friends with the police in the area they lived in. Years of torments and being ridiculed all so she could say that her children had a father, unlike her. Throughout those years, my father never helped her get her papers, he knew that she would escape him, so instead he kept her as his own prisoner whom he enjoyed tormenting mentally. The story till this day is still unclear as to how she was able to separate from him but, she was lucky to work for a family who helped her get her papers, taught her English and how to be able to handle her money in order to buy herself a home. This is where I come to play in the story, she gave birth to me at the age of 40 years old. By this time, her main motive was to start anew and raise a child in the house she bought by herself. Surprise, surprise, she was able to do so, thanks to her bosses who taught her how to save her money responsibly. It’s been over 22 years, we still live in the same house she fought so hard to have. Since then, my mom became one of the first construction workers at her school, while being a caring nanny.
  • The Life Of Ruth
    Published 11 months ago
    How Can I Get My Family to Support Me?

    How Can I Get My Family to Support Me?

    Hi! My name is Ruth. I am a single mother of one. I am currently pregnant with another baby girl on the way due by November 25th. Two years ago, I started a YouTube channel where I talk about becoming a mother, having a small child, and the problem I face as a new mother and a first time mother, as well as being a single mother.
  • Jade Pulman
    Published about a year ago
    Improve the Health of Your Family and Children

    Improve the Health of Your Family and Children

    In life, there is just about nothing more important than your health. Keeping your family in great health is something that you should be doing on a regular basis. However, it can be difficult to work on your family’s health when you are overwhelmed in your daily life. There are many things that you will want to learn about when it comes to improving the health of your family and children. Once you are able to start taking the steps in order to have a healthier family, you will notice a great change in everyones’ overall mood.
  • Jus L'amore
    Published about a year ago
    The True Meaning of Family

    The True Meaning of Family

    The definition of the word family can mean many things. From shared bloodlines and ancestors to a household made up of parents and children, these definitions seem better suited to explain words like relative or cohabitation rather than what a family consists of. These textbook definitions may have the technical terminology right, but they lack the core meaning, which is stability, love, trust, and support.
  • Felicia Hackett
    Published about a year ago
    For the Love of Family

    For the Love of Family

    I have my days. Thankfully not too many terrible ones. Mainly because I try hard not to allow them to happen. And sometimes it’s because I don’t have time for them.
  • Frank Zaccari
    Published about a year ago
    The Importance of Rites of Passage

    The Importance of Rites of Passage

    Being involved and participating in a "rite of passage" can be a major life altering event. This is particularly true for teenagers. These rites of passage can be the holiday dance, graduation party, or the big one, going to the PROM. Far too many teens miss their rites of passage, because they simply don't have the money for the gown, or the tux, or the limo, or the dinner. Not being able to participate in these rites of passage can have a very negative impact on a child's self-esteem, self-worth, feeling of belonging, etc. It can also lead to intense frustration, isolation, and depression. In the worse scenarios, when a child is repeatedly told by words, actions, or the inability to attend a rite of passage that they are not good enough, they don't matter, they will never be accepted, and there is no hope of improvement, it can be the tipping point that moves them into crime, drug use, abusive relationships, or homelessness.
  • Michael Delagua
    Published 2 years ago
    Changing Names? Here's Why I'm Doing it

    Changing Names? Here's Why I'm Doing it

    My name is Brent Michael Benton, but not for long. I’m changing my name and here’s why.
  • Monica Bennett
    Published 3 years ago
    Sisters, Misters, and Blisters

    Sisters, Misters, and Blisters

    They dressed in black and had wimples that made even the shortest seem tall. The school looked as foreboding as its masters. I was only seven, but I felt an uncomfortable mixture of doom and hopelessness as I walked through the door. This was Catholic school. My parents got me in after first grade, and it was clear to me this wasn't Kansas anymore.
  • Tisha Eaton
    Published 3 years ago
    You Will Believe After Seeing This Real Life Polar Express

    You Will Believe After Seeing This Real Life Polar Express

    The Polar Express may be one of the best modern day Christmas movies, with beautiful visuals and a roller coaster of a train ride. While we unfortunately can't take the trip on the train ourselves, the Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum does recreate the magical ride to the North Pole for kids of all ages.