#GrowingUpHispanic Means VapoRub, Walter Mercado, Chanclas, and So Much Cleaning

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Growing up Hispanic means living Hispanic at home and American everywhere else. But that doesn’t mean mami and papi don’t have their tricks to keep you under control when you are out of their sight. Twitter is educating the world about what it is like #GrowingUpHispanic. Here are things everyone should understand about being Hispanic.

Our households function a little differently than most.


Okay. It’s a whole other world where your rules don’t apply.

How you cleaned determined your social life.

Usually on Saturday morning while your mom blasted music to “motivate” you.

You had to learn to entertain yourself, or else…

“I’m not bored anymore, mami.”

But, no matter what, your parents thought you were lazy.

Even though this was how mami stored her pots and pans.

We have cabinets in the kitchen for a reason, ma.

And, somehow, this was always the trash can.

Me, lazy?! Then explain this!

READ: Things Latino Dads Say When You’re Growing Up

7-Up and Vicks were all you needed to get through any illness.

Nothing cured your cold, fever, upset stomach, headache, or nausea like a thick coat of VapoRub.

There was never a chance of grabbing food on the way home.

But home is like two hours away!

Which means you would be facing the worst recorded heat wave.

There were always  a couple ice cubes floating in this bad boy.

Unless this man saved your day.

Thank you for making the world a better place, my friend.

Growing up means something different to Hispanic parents.

Replies with: “Then just go to bed.” *instant regret*

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Birthday parties were always longer than they needed to be.

And tío is officially drunk! Happy birthday, Miguelito!

Make sure your vocal cords are warmed up.

You could never just leave a family get-together.

Because you have 13 tios, 16 tias, 27 cousins, 7 comrades and 8 godchildren…and that’s just in the backyard.

All stores have two names: their real name and abuelitas name.

Mom knew how to punish you no matter where you were.

Like when you are at church, the grocery store, or you mom’s friend’s house.

When mom bends over, you run and don’t stop.

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Hispanic TV was always more of a trend report.


And it didn’t stop with weather girl, Jackie Guerrido. We see you, Pamela Silva Conde.

It was also the forecast to your life.

So you knew to be attentive to every word he said.

We were blingin, as soon as we came out the womb.

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Because we were born fabulous ?✨.

We listened to the best pop bands.


¡Y soy rebelde!

No matter our age, Hispanic parents are always suspicious.

Even when you move out, get married and have kids, mami and papi are always there to make sure you are okay.

What is your favorite memory of #GrowingUpHispanic? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below.