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Here I am at about 7 years old with my family in Lima, Peru.

photo: Cindy Rodriguez, Vivala

I love my family, I really truly do. And, every single day I appreciate all the sacrifices they have made so that I can have a better life. But there are certain quirks about being a child of Latino parents that are super distinct to us and, at times, (Mami, te quiero!) can be kind of a struggle to deal with — mostly because we know no one else outside of a Latino home deals with them. 

Yes, even the occasional #clapback we get from that one Tia at Thanksgiving when she asks why we aren't married yet. But we know at the end of the day, we wouldn't change a thing — family first, always. So we rounded up some moments that only a fellow child of Latino parents can understand. Let us know if we missed something so we can add it! 

Related From Vivala: 9 Times I Felt Like I Lost My Latino Cred

1

The guilt

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If I don't call my dad at least twice a week, he will call me and leave a voicemail to let me know he is "still alive". I kid you not. The drama is oh so real. 

2

The translating

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"Mira este papel, que dice?" Like, I'm forever translating some sort of document. And, sometimes, it happens the moment I walk in the door. Can I give you a kiss on the cheek hello before I start translating what could be an important document?!

3

The meeting of strangers

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When you tell them you are traveling to a particular place, and they want you to meet so and so. While their hearts are in the right place, how awkward is it to go out to California to meet your mom's cousin's daughter?! Meeting fulana is not on the itinerary. Sorry, ma. 

4

The restaurant outings

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So you take them to an authentic Mexican/Peruvian/Cuban, etc restaurant but it is NEVER as good as their cooking." Like, ever. Funny thing is, you always think you are going to impress them with the place you take them too. 

5

The suggestion/insult

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I cannot count the amount of times my mother has kindly suggested (note the sarcasm) that I fix my hair or put on some make-up before stepping out of the house. This happens precisely at the moment that my hair AND make-up, at least I believed, were in tact. But that doesn't stop her from saying, "Pero no te vas peinar tu pelo?" 

6

The ordering of fast food

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Because our awesome parents gave up everything in their home countries to come to the U.S. to give us a better life, they might have an accent. So when ordering at fast food restaurants, you might run into the occasional impatient cashier who has a hard time understanding your mami or papi. Sometimes you let them go through the motions and other times you push them aside, loose patience, and order for everyone.

7

The hiding of tattoos/piercings

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You have to keep your tattoos and piercings on the low if extended (Ahem, pretty conservative) family comes over because they don't want to anything to them. Well, that is if they even know about them in the FIRST place.