And now for something entirely different. What is the trick that makes Latina mothers so effective despite a hands-off style?
It is La Chancla -- the slipper. Check out this video, which had us rolling on the floor in our house. There's a bit of truth in it, for anyone immersed in the region. Who needs Tiger moms? Here's the blurb from the YouTube site:
Why are Hispanic children so well-behaved?
The secret is Hispanic culture, which emphasizes boundaries, developmental growth and a traditional technique known as La Chancla.
For centuries, the secret of La Chancla has helped millions of Latina moms:
Focus attention to each child's unique needs.
Instill values of fairness and fair play.
Encourage healthy eating habits.
Learn the discipline required to excel in academics.
La Chancla can help every parent master a truly hands-off parenting style.