Latina Mom’s Secret to Raising Kids? Her Community

We loved this great piece from Mari Aguirre Rodríguez about how raising her 1 year-old son in San Antonio would not have been possible without the support system she calls her “village.” Here’s an excerpt from San Antonio Magazine:

While pregnant, I spent a lot of time thinking about this “village of friends.” I found myself wondering: Do other women have their own village to support them? What roles do other women play in households, raising children, working and balancing their lives? And how would I do this…?

When I think of major moments of support we received, I remember the first few days after we brought our son home from the hospital. Our village rallied around us and set up dinner food delivery for the first three weeks and grocery shopped for us. Grocery shopped! I have never had more food in my refrigerator than those three weeks. I kind of want to have another baby just to have people grocery shop for us again. The dinner delivery was incredible. Daily, we would walk out onto our porch to find a warm meal. I remember crying over many meals, so grateful to have a village of love and support. It still brings tears to my eyes. Food matters so much when you are trying to build a new life and find some normalcy. Everything feels so different and those dinners made all the difference in the world for my husband and me.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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