The parents of the over 18 million Latino children growing up in America today are raising a diverse generation of engaged students and future leaders. Their children are largely bilingual, predominantly U.S.-born, and extraordinarily connected to their families and communities. At the same time, there are fewer opportunities in many of those communities and, outside of Latino communities, children of Central or South American descent often face prejudice.
As an increasingly percentage of Americans come from families that are, at least in part, of Latin descent, Latino culture is becoming ubiquitous. But those same forces may make it hard to preserve in its original form. Latino parents are, in short, raising children at a cultural crossroads, which complicates the already complicated task of supply them with love and care.