Raising a multicultural son has been quite an adventurous road in parenting for me as a Latina because I'm just doing what comes naturally. Although I was raised in New York, I was brought up with a strong Puerto Rican cultural presence at home. My family was very loving but always worried and overprotective. Fast forward to today, and I find myself doing the same thing. My son does not understand why I won't let him close his bedroom door, nor does he get why I give all his friends the side eye.
It wasn't until LeJuan James, a Puerto Rican and Dominican comedian with hilarious videos and a huge social media following, came into his life that he got it, and learned to laugh with others who totally get it, too. If you don't know who LeJuan is, he does short videos on Instagram, Vine and Facebook making light of some of the situations many of us with Latina moms have found ourselves in (myself included). I've dodged a few chancletas in my day. It's over the top hilarious but so true in many ways, and I think it's great that my son and I have been able laugh at just how much these videos resonate with us.