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How to Talk to [Mamí & Papí] about Anything

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Real-life scenarios and practical, professional advice for adult children of immigrants on talking to our parents about stuff that’s taboo to them.
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Kristie just received her doctorate, a milestone that's impacting her father-daughter relationship and revealing tensions in her Mexican-American family around gender roles and expectations. And, psychologist Gabriela Livas Stein comes back to walk us through "selective acculturation" and how to align our family roles with our values.Our expert this week is Gabriela Livas Stein, Associate Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Learn more about her lab here. If you loved this episode, be sure to listen to When Familism Hurts, and She's Fighting Inherited Gender Roles. We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Diane's Korean mother and grandmother live in New Jersey, and would like her to visit more often. But Diane has a full life in NYC, and feels guilty and torn. Hatty Lee, a marriage and family therapist who works with Asian-Americans, shares tips on how to speak with loved ones about honoring our individual and family needs.Our expert, Hatty Lee is a licensed, marriage and family therapist in private practice based in Los Angeles, California. Hatty co-authored a book called The Indwell Guide, an eight-step mental health guide to help people  begin to recover from the past, reclaim their true self, and learn to live with purpose. Find out more about her work on her website.
Spiritual life coach Michelle Gomez speaks with Juleyka about what he calls the Latina Mother Wound, and shares strategies to recognize and begin to heal childhood traumas that impact mother-daughter relationships. Then, she offers advice on how to incorporate it all into conscious parenting practices.Our expert, Michelle Gomez, is a spiritual life coach, author, and sacred space holder. You can learn more about her work on her website, where you can also download her free e-book The Latina Mother Wound, and her digital healing guide The Healing Hija Accelerator . Michelle also runs a community of sisterhood, Healed Hijas, a FB group of Latina adult daughters at different stages in their Mother Wound healing journey.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Liz and her Mexican mom have always had a difficult mother-daughter relationship. Now that Liz is thinking of having children, she worries that because of her strict Catholic upbringing, and her emotionally-detached mother, she may not have become the type of parent she wants to be.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
When Oriana opened an online bookstore focused on BIPOC authors, her Venezuelan parents didn't understand why it was necessary to highlight the identity and work of writers of color. And, facilitator Liza Talusan offers advice on how to discuss anti-racism and inclusion with our parents.You can visit Xolo Books, here. Our expert on this episode is Dr. Liza Talusan, a scholar practitioner in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and leadership. Learn more about her work with organizations, corporations, leadership teams, schools and individuals on her website. Liza highly recommends the work and resources from Courageous Conversations, including this protocol for having conversations about race.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
When Gina was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder—the cause of her insomnia, panic attacks, and night teeth-grinding—she decided not to tell her Latino parents. Dr. Ana Ribas, an anxiety specialist, shares strategies for discussing our mental health and treatment options with our parents.Our expert on this episode, Dr. Ana Ribas, is a clinical psychologist based in Los Angeles, specializing in anxiety, OCD, and relationship issues. She is also the Assistant Clinical Director of the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. Learn more about Dr. Ana's work here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Ray's father passed away last year. A few years earlier Ray and his parents discussed the kind of care his dad would want at the end of his life. Professor of Law María Mercedes Pabón returns with advice on how to broach this difficult subject with loved ones.Our expert on this episode, María Mercedes Pabón, is a professor of law at Loyola University New Orleans. Here is a good overview on living wills and advance directives, a list of forms by state (also in Spanish), and a multicultural online tool to help individuals explore their wishes and talk about them with family, friends, and medical providers.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Fryda grew up in a Cuban-American family, and easily sees how her mother's life in Cuba influenced how she raised her. As a result, sometimes their relationship feels strained. And, Juleyka speaks with an immigration and acculturation scholar who helps us uphold boundaries with parents.Fryda is the cohost of the Teikirisi podcast. Our expert this week is Rose Perez, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Fordham University. You can learn more about her work here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Jor grew up in a very religious Indian family. Coming out to himself and to his parents took years. And, Aruna Rao, who guides South Asian LGBTQ+ individuals and their families, helps us accept and affirm our loved ones' identities.Jor Gonsalves is the host of  Unshaming, a podcast about representation and storytelling. You can listen wherever you get your podcast. Our expert is Aruna Rao, founder of Desi Rainbow Parents, an organization that fosters understanding and acceptance among South Asian families, with the goal of affirming and celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals. Learn more about the work they do on their website, here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Rafe was sexually assaulted as a teen, and only began to open up to his family about it and his sexual identity as an adult. He now feels very much loved but bears the scars of the incident and the silence around it. And, Juleyka speaks with Rosalia Rivera, an abuse prevention expert who works with survivor parents, about how to teach consent and body autonomy in our families.Our expert is Rosalia Rivera, a consent educator, abuse prevention expert, and sexual literacy advocate who works  with child sexual abuse survivors who are now parents.  She is the founder of Consent Parenting and the host of the About Consent podcast, and the creatrix of CONSENTwear. To learn more about her work visit her website here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts. 
Amalia grew up watching her Cuban mom work hard to make ends meet. As an adult, Amalia is her mom’s safety net, but talking with her about finances and planning for the future makes her very nervous. Then, Juleyka speaks with certified financial advisor Anna N’Jie-Konte about how to talk to our parents about their money.Our expert, Anna N'Jie-Konte is the founder of Dare to Dream Financial Planning, a financial planning firm serving women of color, and she's the host of the "First-Gen Realness". podcast. Visit her website and learn more about her work here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Ele's parents have always been really supportive. When she and her husband lost their home during the recession, her parents took them and their kids in. Ele was grateful, but at times overwhelmed by their eagerness to help. Then, Dr. Maritza Mikolich, a family therapist, shares strategies for talking to parents about how best to really help us.Our expert, Dr. Maritza Mikolich, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctoral degree of psychology and a specialty in EMDR. Learn more about her work here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Mental health professional Blanca Amaya, who specializes in culturally competent, trauma-informed therapy, helps us talk about suicide, depression, and mental illness with our loved ones. Our expert, Blanca E Amaya is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides psychotherapy in English and Spanish. She owns her own practice, Amaya Counseling in Pasadena, California. Visit her website  here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Meet Sasha, who grew up in an Iranian and Chilean family. Her youngest sister, Suedi, died by suicide, and her family still doesn't talk much about it. The silence makes it harder for Sasha to open up about her own mental health struggles.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
She's a friend of the show, so when musician and writer Dessa told us about her new podcast, Deeply Human, we had to invite her on. In a convo that almost got out of hand, Dessa and Juleyka talk about why she created the show, how she's the show's real-life test dummy, and why she loves "science in street clothes."We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts
Juleyka welcomes Dr. Eva Galvez, a family physician working primarily with immigrant communities, to get advice on how to talk with parents and loved ones about the need to get vaccinated. Dr. Galvez offers strategies for addressing concerns, building trust, and navigating barriers to access for certain populations.Our expert this week is Dr. Eva Galvez, a board certified family physician at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Hillsboro, OR. Learn more about the health center and its work, here.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
Last summer, Tatianna and her dad were in a really bad spot, to the point she felt every conversation turned into an argument. She reflects on the strategies she’s been using and what they’ve helped her understand about her dad—and herself.If you loved this episode, listen to Tatianna's original episode, Papí and I Don't Talk, We Argue.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts. 
Last year, TK told us how hard it was to get her parents to understand her passion for her work, and accept her career change from nursing to audio. In this episode, she shares how her family now understands, supports and celebrates her work and one another.If you loved this episode, listen to TK's original episode, She Loves Her Work, Her Parents Don't Get It.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
We check in with our first guest ever. When we spoke with Sandra, she told us she can't say no to her mother. Living through the pandemic in NYC gave her plenty of opportunities to practice.If you loved this episode, listen to Sandra's original episode, Mom Drove into NYC Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts. 
When we spoke last year, Adela told us she had a hard time understanding her dad,  one-issue-voter, who supported Trump in 2016. She's pretty sure he voted for Trump again in 2020, but she is beginning to notice a shift in him.If you loved this episode, listen to Adela's original episode, Dad Voted for Trump. We’d love to hear your stories of triumph and frustration so send us a detailed voice memo to hello@talktomamipapi.com. You might be on a future episode! Let’s connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TalkToMamiPapi and email us at hello@talktomamipapi.com. And subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
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