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Check Out These Hilarious Punishments Our Fierce Readers Shared From Their Childhoods

When we look back on our childhoods, we had lots of great times. Hanging out with our primos, being spoiled by our abuelas, watching Saturday morning cartoons and dancing our hearts out at quinces are just a few of our favorite memories from growing up. However, it wasn’t always fun and games. We’d be irresponsible if we didn’t give credit to some of the hilarious ways our parents kept us in line as well. At the time, some threats were straight-up horrifying but now they’re pretty funny. Who knows, maybe we’ll even use some of these lines on our own kids one day. 

With these strange and funny punishments in mind, we asked our FIERCE readers what sort of weird warnings their parents issued to them while growing up and we can’t stop laughing over these responses. Here are some of the funniest:

1. Hug it out.

Instagram / @mixedmombrownbabies

“My dad would force my brother and i to hug each other standing in a corner when we got into a fight. We would squeeze each other tryna hurt each other ????????????” @waitingmoon

2. Pack your bags and go. 

Instagram / @nextra.gifts.mtpleasant 

“‘Te voy a mandar pa Mexico con tu tía’” @larrita415_ 

3. The threat of el Cucuy.

Instagram / @wearemitu

“When I wouldn’t sleep my mom would say, “If you open your eyes, the Cucuy will come to get you!” ???? It would scare me to death. Pinche cucuy!” — @hellengav74

4. A long visit with abuelita doesn’t seem so bad. 

Instagram / @skeddadle181

“My mom would threaten with sending us to Peru. Honestly, looking back, I should have taken her up on it because my Abuelita would have spoiled me rotten ????” @mamabean_d

5. The hand-holding technique. 

Instagram / @luciclementine

“When my brother and I would argue in the grocery store, my dad would make us hold hands until we left the store.” — @withlove_mandee

6. Don’t make us pull this car over! 

Instagram / @mommydearestinc

“My mother would threaten to stop the car on the freeway and throw us out if we didn’t stop fighting.” — @lamoodyreina

7. A weird and gross punishment that a lot of readers have in common.   

Instagram / @tablemannerstx

“My dad would say he was gonna make us lick salt off each other’s backs. We were so grossed out we would check ourselves realllll quick.” — @mividaencolor

8. The underwear warning. 

Instagram / @wickedpatterns

“My mom would threatened to tie us in underwear back to back in the balcony ????”  — @danielyspineda

9. #TheLook 

Instagram / @candyskloset

“My mom never threatened. She just gave a look and said, “Want to go to the bathroom?” Which meant a spanking lol.” — @victorria_p

10. Hold your tongue. 

Instagram / @kid_spanglish

“‘Se te hace palo la lengua’ was a threat if you even thought about backtalking.” — @killahcarm

11. Cut off from technology.

Instagram / @theradstylist 

“My parents would threaten to take the phones and internet modem away when my sister and I would fight. It got so bad that they would actually take them to work with them so we wouldn’t sneak on the internet or call our friends lol.” @teoami

12. This rice threat sounds painful af. 

Instagram / @zahraricetraders

“Threatened to kneel on a pile of rice and lick salt off eachothers back ????????????” — @jessicagmejia

13. What’s with all the licking??

Instagram / @mydadshoney

“My mom would threaten to put honey on my and @pgon805 back and make us lick it off each other” @wildcardb_tches

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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In a world with so much rising intersectionality and access to language tools, many still feel that passing along the traditions of their languages is necessary. Studies have shown for decades that children who grow up in an environment where they’re exposed to different languages have a pathway ahead of them that is full of promise. Particularly when it comes to education and career opportunities.

But why else do some parents find it essential to teach their children their family’s native languages?

Recently, we asked Latinas why learning their native language is important to them.

Check out the answer below!

“So they can be a voice for others in their community .” –_saryna_


“Besides the fact that bilingual kids use more of their brains. I’d like to teach my baby my native language so they can feel closer to our roots and be able to communicate/connect with our community not just in the US, but in Latin America too.” –shidume

“So that when the opportunity arises they can pursue their endeavors with nothing holding them back!” –candymtz13


“It not only helps them be multilingual, but also reminded them of their ancestry. Their roots. It builds a certain connection that cannot be broken.”-yeimi_herc


“So they can communicate with their grandparents, so they have double the opportunities growing up so they know their roots. So many reasons.”
elizabethm_herrera

“Know where you came from, being bilingual for more job opportunities later, being able to communicate with family members.”- panabori25

“I don’t have children but I think a language is tied to the culture. For me Spanish is a direct representation of how romantic and dramatic and over the top in the most beautiful way latin culture is. Also I’m Dominican and we just blend and make up words which really represents how crazy my family is.” –karenmarie15


“If I don’t and they lose ties to their people meaning my family who only speaks Spanish and Italian than I myself am harming them. As a preschool teacher I always tell parents English will happen eventually that’s the universal language but teach them their home home language the one that grandma/pa and the rest of the family speaks. They lose their identity. Sure they make up their own eventually but they must never forget where they come from.” –ta_ta1009


“So he doesn’t lose the connection to his grandmother and great grandfather who only speak spanish. So if he ever hears someone struggling to communicate he can help and feel a sense of pride in his roots/culture. 🇸🇻 plus 🤞🤞 I want him to pick up a 3rd language too!” –cardcrafted

“To give them more opportunities in life. I feel that some stories can only be told with authenticity when they’re in their native language. If you have the opportunity to do so, please do.” –titanyashigh

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New Study Finds Black Newborns Are Three Times More Likely To Die Under The Care Of White Doctors

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New Study Finds Black Newborns Are Three Times More Likely To Die Under The Care Of White Doctors

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We all know that in the United States, Black lives are always under threat. Few know, however, that the threat against Black lives can start at a very young age.

A new study found that Black newborns born in the United States are three times more likely to survive their births when cared for by a Black doctor. On the other hand, Black newborns cared for by white physicians are three times more likely to die.

Horrifying, right?

Researchers found that Black infants are more likely to survive births led by Black doctors.

The death rate for Black infants is slashed nearly in half (39 and 58 percent) when a doctor who is Black leads the delivery.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study that found that the mortality rate for white babies is not dependent on the race of a doctor. “Strikingly, these effects appear to manifest more strongly in more complicated cases, and when hospitals deliver more Black newborns,” the authors of the study wrote. “The findings suggest that Black physicians outperform their White colleagues when caring for Black newborns.”

Researchers behind the study examined data from 1.8 million Florida birth records from 1992 to 2015.

The researchers paired the births with the race of the doctors involved.

The study lines up with a 2019 report from the Centers for Disease Control that revealed that Black newborns are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies.

Studies have found that the U.S. mortality rate for Black women giving birth is particularly high for a developed country. As of 2018, the mortality rate for Black pregnant women was 37.1 per 100,000 live births. That’s three times the rate of maternal deaths related to non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women.

Researches involved in the study, are now urging hospitals to analyze their racial biases and health practices.

“Taken with this work, it gives warrant for hospitals and other care organizations to invest in efforts to reduce such biases and explore their connection to institutional racism,” the researchers explained. “Reducing racial disparities in newborn mortality will also require raising awareness among physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators about the prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities.”

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