Remembering the Songs of My Childhood

This post is in partnership with Nick Jr.

Some of my earliest memories are of my darling mother singing to me while wrapped in the security of her arms. The sweet nursery rhyme “Los Pollitos” always reminds me of the feeling of being cocooned in her love. Now that she’s gone back to her country in South America (perhaps as a snowbird, or perhaps long-term) – it’s crucial for me to look for avenues to celebrate and keep her culture and influence present in the lives of my own kiddos – especially when our communication is via a phone or a screen.

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It’s been such a joy to explore Canticos’ bilingual nursery rhymes through Nick Jr. on YouTube and on the (free!) Nick Jr. App. When I spotted an image of three delightful little chicks on the Canticos’ app, I just knew that it had to be “Los Pollitos”! I love how Canticos first presents nursery rhymes in Spanish (with the lyrics displayed at the bottom of the screen) and then in English too. Would you believe this was the first time that I heard the English version of this special song from my childhood? It is so beyond beautiful (and fun!) to get to share it all with my children. A few of our other Canticos’ current favorites are “Estrellita”, “Elefantitos” and “Sol Solecito”.

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I can’t tell you how excited it makes me to see Nickelodeon’s commitment to providing, culturally relevant, engaging and educational content in a bilingual format – especially during Hispanic Heritage month. Canticos delightfully pairs classic nursery rhymes from all over the Spanish-speaking world with adorable animal characters to create educational music videos. The team behind Canticos is dedicated to telling authentic stories pulled directly from their own personal experiences growing up with these songs and characters. As a mom, Canticos lets me access tangible ties to my past through memories treasured in songs to share with my children. And I love how their mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking in kids everywhere through storytelling and the power of play. Canticos is also a fantastic way for all kids to learn and practice simple vocabulary words, numbers, days of the week, and more – both in English and Spanish.

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Sing With Us! Vamos A Cantar! And put a little song in your heart by watching Canticos’ bilingual classic nursery rhymes with your little ones! View my favorite episode below:

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On Gun Violence in America

Thank you Amnesty International for sponsoring this post.

Between the four walls of a classroom, the sanctuary of a church, a concert, a movie theater, an airport, a post office, a gaming event, a home, a military base, a neighborhood, a grandmother’s porch.

And,

and,

and,

and.

Phones go unanswered. Children don’t return home from school. Families unimaginably, irreparably scattered and broken.

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Gun violence is a public health crisis and its disease is distinctly American.

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Every day, over 100 people in America die due to gun violence. In 2016, 38,658 people were killed as a result of gun violence, and over 116,000 people were injured.

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According to Amnesty International’s recently released comprehensive report, American gun violence is a human rights crisis – and the U.S. government must be held accountable. The report details how high rates of gun ownership, and ease of access to firearms by individuals likely to misuse them compromises all aspects of life in America – and the U.S. governments refusal to pass sensible gun control laws is a violation of human rights.  No one’s human right to life can be considered secure in a nation where our government’s response to gun violence is inaction.

It isn’t OK that as parents, so many of us instinctively search for the closest emergency exit when taking our kids to the movie theaters. I dream of a future that is free of lock down drills, bulletproof backpacks, clear backpacks, specialized attack-resistant doors and stoppers, and words of “thoughts and prayers” wrapped in inaction.

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Like Amnesty International, I believe that gun violence is a human rights issue. We need sensible gun laws and policies. It isn’t normal for kids to fear being killed in their homes, schools, streets, and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. Yet all of this has become part of our daily lives in America.

Collective outrage fuels conviction and resolve. Communities across this country are coming together to solve gun violence. We have the knowledge and conviction to get this done. And the gun-violence-prevention movement is winning like never before.

How Can I Help?

  • Get to the polls this November and encourage your friends and family to elect candidates committed to ending gun violence.
  • Learn more about gun violence as a human rights crisis and stay informed by reading Amnesty International’s latest report on gun violence. Amnesty is campaigning on bills in states across the country. One bill is to end illegal gun trafficking in Illinois. This bill would require common sense measures to help stop the sale of dangerous, illegal guns in the state. It would make communities safer by requiring video surveillance outside dealerships, and it would make our kids safer by prohibiting new gun dealerships from opening within 500 meters of a school.
  • Help to stop the spread of illegal guns and take action to support the work of Amnesty by signing the petition here.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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The Vitamin C Serum You Need In Your Skin Care Routine

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